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British army officers sun helmet
« on: January 19, 2016, 01:05:11 AM »
I have a few sun helmets and this is my favorite.

It dates to some time after 1917 and 1930.  The maker Hawkes & Co. moved to their new address in 1911 and the liner suspension system was patented in 1917.  The Flash is to the South Lancashire regiment and they were in the east circa 1930 but the helmet itself is likely to be a bit earlier.
It is an officers private purchase version with leather edge trim -OR's have fabirc trim- and it still has a treated care warning paper label still inside it.


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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 04:30:59 AM »
The classic British Empire soldiers' headgear...and who could forget Gunner Sugden?!  ;)

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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 05:42:55 AM »
The classic British Empire soldiers' headgear...and who could forget Gunner Sugden?!  ;)

Indeed.  I have a few Other Ranks examples.

This one is known as the India pattern this type was in use from the great war into WWII.  This is a locally sourced example as often supplies from back home in the UK could be patchy and they often bought them locally instead.

It has its original flash to the Royal Engineers on it.

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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2016, 07:32:46 AM »
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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2016, 07:51:40 AM »
Very nice looking helmet

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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 07:53:29 AM »
I just spotted a nearly identical example except with an RAF flash on ebay, a bit pricey I think!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hawkes-Co-Wolseley-Pattern-RAF-Cork-Tropical-Pith-Helmet-Topee-Topi-/172066147989?hash=item280ff10e95:g:P8cAAOSwUV9Wm9gV

To the officers example in the first post is what I was referring to!

And thanks Smitty & Ian.
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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 11:03:38 AM »
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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 12:48:49 AM »
Another flashed example, this time of the Khaki Solar Pith "hat" -the technical term used by the army for this pattern- introduced as the official sun helmet for in India from 1938 on.

This example is flashed to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

It came with a slouch hat that has been signed with dedications from a number of comrades and friends including one from the WRVS and another from an officer with an unusual name that I could trace as also being in the RAOC.

The slouch hat is dedicated to Ernie "skipper" Williams.


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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2016, 10:37:00 PM »
  Beautiful examples Jerry! Someday I will put together a British or Australian soldier from the Far East! It has always been a goal of mine.  Scott.
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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2016, 09:11:35 AM »
  Beautiful examples Jerry! Someday I will put together a British or Australian soldier from the Far East! It has always been a goal of mine.  Scott.

Thanks Scott.

Another from my sun helmet collection.

This one my wife got me a few years back.

WWII OR's example with nice clear WD mark & letter O which is the date stamp for 1942.  It is the type with a silver foil lining inside the dome.
It is in very good condition.

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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2016, 09:23:14 PM »
Hi Jerry,

Very nice serie of tropical headgears.

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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2016, 01:50:44 AM »
Hi Jerry,

Very nice serie of tropical headgears.

Phil.

Thanks Phil.



another from my collection.

This one has been white washed/blancoed for MP or parade use.

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Re: British army officers sun helmet
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2016, 07:01:23 AM »
Another example of the Wolseley Sun helmet, this time an interesting example of an OR's helmet that has been converted by the changing of the edge trim from canvas to leather to look like an officers version.  I assume it was period done by an officer who could not get hold of the proper version or perhaps was promoted from the ranks and made the change because of supply problems or just because he already had the OR's version.  It has a WD mark for 1941.

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