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S' Lancs officers Wolseley pith helmet 1916/17

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    Default S' Lancs officers Wolseley pith helmet 1916/17

    I have had this a while and shown it before but I have been given some conflicting information on it's date and had thought it was probably 1920's-30's and was for an officer of the S. Lancashire regiment. It is a private purchase version made by Hawkes & Co of London.

    Following an update from a very well known collector of Wolseley helmets, Stuart Bates, it has now been identified as having a liner fixing design which was patented in 1916/17, Hawkes patent 103425 of 1916/17 and would date to the middle of WWI and as mentioned above would have been for the South Lancashire regiment and was probably part of the 1st battalion, though might have been in one of the TA or War service battalions.

    The S. Lancs in the First World War, 19141918

    The 1st Battalion spent the war on garrison duty in Quetta, Baluchistan, on the North-West Frontier. The 2nd Battalion spent the entire war on the Western Front. The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion was a depot and training battalion stationed in Lancashire thoroughout the war. The Territorial and war-service battalions fought on the Western Front, in Mesopotamia, Gallipoli and Macedonia.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks for the update. I bet you were chuffed to find that out?

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Thanks for the update. I bet you were chuffed to find that out?

    Cheers, Ade.
    Chuffed is an understatement, though when I first bought it I thought it was WWI period, but some experts insisted it was 30's. I was sure it was pre 1925 as that is when the Vero liner mounting system was introduced and I saw another by the same maker that sold on a respected dealers site recently with the same system and that was sold as WWI.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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