I came upon this gem about a month ago and decided it needed a new home it is a 1942 G.S.W.and is sporting a 42 dated VMC liner in a size 6 3/4 the chinstrap has seen better days and is a little rough around the edges
This Mk II has a hand painted flash to the Army Fire Service New Toronto the name Ben is as well painted on the exterior of the helmet just above the rim I purchased this particular Mk II for two reasons flashed helmets are getting increasingly hard to come by and I found this an interesting example.
The other reason was the rarity of this particular Mk II helmet body in January of 1942 G.S.W. manufactured a batch of helmet bodies that did not pass the final Government inspection these helmets were re designated for use by the A.R.P. and civil defense.
The Dept of Pensions and Health was allowed to purchase 30,000 of these reject helmet bodies from G.S.W. for the Air Raid Precautions service these shells will be found with the normal manufacturers mark ,date and Mk I stamp
The steel batch code A P has been stamped in there bodies this denotes them for use by the home defense and or ARP take note of the extra large spacing between the letters A and P this would suggest the P was added at a later date by far these are the rarest Canadian Mk II helmets do to the very low numbers that were released to the Dept of Pensions and health they predate the mild steel Mk II's that were produced later on in 1942 and used by the ARP and are so marked G.S.W. D P & H.