An near mint Mk1* made by Thomas Firth & sons, liner & chin strap lugs dated 1938. It has an white M painted on the inside to donate that the rim is magnetic.
It has two flashes one either side for R.E.M.E. HQ units, (thanks Steve) the bottom part painted black instead on normally being blue for R.E.M.E. There is an number on the inside of the liner which I think is for R.A.S.C. 1942 saw the introduction of R.E.M.E from units made up of RASC, RE & RAOC. So maybe from there.
Absolutely top shelf British helmet . I know you think the bottom colour is black, but on my computer I still see a hint of blue. I guess you need to drop this one round some time so I can see for myself ! !
Just bought this lovely raw-edge MKI* shell on e-bay. It was being sold as an Australian shell, but I could see from the seller's photos that it was actually a British MKI*. Luckily I already had a spare 1937 dated liner in my spares box !