With damage it is very difficult to determine exactly how it occured and if anyone was wearing it unless there are obvious signs of blood / residue etc. As i have said many times before helmets were left on the Battlefield and suffered shrapnel / bullet damage from all sorts of angles and minitions , they were often used for target practice and for zeroing weapons !!
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
08-13-2015 01:36 PM
I know it's impossible to say but I like to speculate about it. It was found at a fleamarket with all kinds of stuff that came out of a barn. Makes you wonder if the guy was killed or buried near the barn.. I know people used German helmets as a feeding bowl for dogs or chickens but why keep a helmet that was battledamaged. But as you said, Paul, there are tons of things that could have happened and we'll never know!