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Royal Navy MkII with a difference...

Article about: Good day all, I have recently been given the MkII helmet which belonged to my Uncle’s father, Ronald Hurd, who served as Engine Room Artificer in the Royal Navy from 1915 to the 1950s. Joini

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    Good day all,
    I have recently been given the MkII helmet which belonged to my Uncle’s father, Ronald Hurd, who served as Engine Room Artificer in the Royal Navy from 1915 to the 1950s. Joining as Boy and becoming an active Rating in 1917, by 1939 he was CPO (CERA), receiving his commission in 1943. Engaged in Convoy Escort duties around Africa, his then current ship HMS Challenger (a pre-war survey vessel), was responsible for the rescue of some 600 survivors of the Troopship Anselm, when she was torpedoed in 1941.

    The helmet shell, liner and chinstrap are all dated 1940 (unfortunately difficult to photograph on the latter, but clearer to the eye). The Gas Curtain No.1 is remarkably supple, though I have no intention of unraveling it as I have no wish to destroy its originality (it shall remain exactly as he left it). I understand these curtains were used by naval personnel as improvised Sou’Westers when the helmet was required.

    I shall let the pictures do the talking, but as you will see, this wonderful item has instantly become one of the most outstanding and valued items in my collection, not least because of the family connection.

    My best to all,
    Bob
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    ....how many helmets do we see with no back-story.........'really nice piece.....'not Civil ( :-) ) but really nice.

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    So nice to have something like this, with family history.

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    lovely helmet and all the better for its known history
    Regards,

    Jerry

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    A very nice helmet, and thanks for showing. The family history does indeed make it special, so make sure you record the history on paper for the benefit of future generations to understand.

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    Agree with all the other posters - a wonderful piece !

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    Many thanks for all your kind words Gentlemen.
    I shall, indeed, get all the history I can find down on paper, Steve. I have CPO Hurd’s Service Papers from 1915 to 1943 and am gradually working through the list of ships and dates... and trying to decipher some of the handwriting!
    I will have to apply for a copy of his records beyond 1943.


    By the way; I know the No.1 Gas Curtain was replaced by the No.2 around August 1940, but cannot find an introduction date for the No.1... Any ideas?
    Many thanks!
    Bob

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    The No.1 was introduced in late 1939.

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    Superb helmet . Rob

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    Great MKII, all the better for having it's history and also being from one of your family! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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