|Object ID #||1955.012.010|
|Title||Altered German Shrapnel Helmet|
|Lexicon category||5: T&E For Science & Technology|
|Year Range from||1914|
|Year Range to||1918|
|Place of Origin||Germany|
|Description||German shrapnel metal military helmet (WW#1) which was painted black after the Febrary 8, 2001, storage fire to prevent rusting. It originally would have had a greyish colour. On the interior it is stamped "R125."|
This item was a souvenir of the Great War (later called the First World War, 1914-1918).
Most likely collected by Arthur Clifford Husband who served overseas in World War I.
Subsequently owned by his mother, Mary Husband (neé Fraser) who died not long after her son's death. Last owned by Alice Husband (neé Gilbert), the second wife of Charles Husband.
|Collection||Military, 20th-c Collection|
|Found||Grey County, Ontario|
|Function||Early in the Great War, the German soldiers had soft, textile or leather headgear, but the trench warfare that developed led to a need for improved head protection against shrapnel (metallic fragments) and explosions, so metal helmets were introduced.|