This is one of two Regina Rifles MkIII's that I own...unfortunately this is the only one with info concerning the original owner. I got this one from a friend in Saskatchewan who was organizing his Fathers farm for an estate sale.
All my friends know that I'm an avid collector so luckily he recognized it as something military related before the scrap guys showed up for all the metal...apparently it was sitting in a scrap metal pile for a few weeks before he noticed it
When I got it, it did not have a chinstrap and the liner bolt was all that was salvageable from the inside. I added the correct chinstrap, liner, and crosspad to complete it for display.
From there I began the search for the man who painted his service number an name on the inside rim. He did show up on the Legion last call database, and with a tip from a fellow collector, he was also found on the Regina Rifles nominal roll. This one was interesting since it indicated that he landed on D-Day and was wounded. Needless to say I was ecstatic.
Recently I was able to contact the Daughter of Mr. Wagner and I was able to find out more about him. One day I plan to take a trip to Saskatchewan so she can see the helmet in person...and perhaps get a period picture of him.