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Object ID # 1972.003.003
Object Name Helmet
Title Steel Helmet
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1916
Year Range to 1918
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description World War I Canadian steel helmet. It has a green khaki-coloured finish on the metal. Underneath, there is still a chinstrap, which has brown khaki-coloured cloth. The helmet rim has a protective edging on it.
Provenance Original provenance and issuee unknown. This item dates from the First World War (1914-1918). It would have been worn by a Canadian soldier.

Obtained/owned by Oscar Broadhead, of Owen Sound, Grey County at an unknown time. Broadhead had been a member of the 147th Grey (Overseas) Battalion that was raised in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1915. In 1960, he served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the 147th Grey Battalion Association in Owen Sound.

Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Steel/Finish/Fabric
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Broadhead, Oscar
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Military life
Military personnel
Military uniforms
Search Terms 147th Battalion Association
147th Grey Battalion
Function Protective headgear for an infantry soldier. At the beginning of World War I, the military headgear was "soft", e.g. caps. Trench warfare needed more protection for the infantry soldiers, as explosions caused a lot of shrapnel wounds and casualties. The first steel helmets did not have a protective edge on them, and were somewhat of a hazard in themselves, as another soldier near the man wearing one could get hurt on the sharp edge. The Canadian soldiers would receive their helmets as they got moved into a fighting area.