Hi Guys, WW2 British respirators are not that hard to find. However, to find one as complete as this is now rare, even in the UK.
This particular example belonged to an ATS girl who kindly gave it to me and my wife. She loved her time in the army and according to her she had a great war being away from home and having boyfriends! This respirator has a little story behind it. She was going back to camp on the train after a weekend's leave. She got chatting to a soldier. He got off the train before her and she found he had taken her respirator by mistake. She said she was very upset about this. The reason being her Mum had given her a slice of apple pie to take back and she had put this in the gas mask bag! I wonder when the soldier found this? So the name written on the bag is not Joan's surname.
The contents are totally complete and feature some rare items like the ear plugs and anti gas armband and pot of anti gas ointment, wool waste cleaning wadding, etc