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eMedals-A First War Helmet of T.Parton; 15th Canadian Infantry Battalion

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A First War Helmet of T.Parton; 15th Canadian Infantry Battalion

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A First War Helmet of T.Parton; 15th Canadian Infantry Battalion

A First War Helmet of T.Parton; 15th Canadian Infantry Battalion - British-made, steel, non-magnetic, in dark brown, navy blue triangle painted above a red rectangle on the front, the triangle representative of the 15th Infantry Battalion, the rectangle representative of the 1st Canadian Division. Painted in black ink on the red rectangle is the owner's name, "T PARTON". The protective edge of the helmet in a magnetic steel. Inside, steel-framed cradle supporting a blackened canvas liner with underlying burlap support and leather backer, mesh support with drawstring, stamped "FKS" and "82" ("FKS" indicating the manufacturer, T.Firth & Sons Limited of Sheffield (1916-1918); and "82" the steel batch number) on the underside of the helmet at the front, with pressed fabric in the dome. The leather chin strap remains relatively supple but has been severed in two locations from active use, the two pieces on the left side held together via a safety pin, with the original hardware remaining intact. Attached to the safety pin is a leather neck strap with two identification tags, fabricated from bakelite, one round: 35.5 mm, one octagonal: 33 mm x 38.2 mm, each stamped "799563 T. PARTON METH BNH 15 CEF" on the obverse and "CANADIAN" on the reverse. Helmet measures 290 mm x 305 mm x 120 mm, exhibiting bubbling, denting, paint peeling and contact marks on the exterior, the 15th Infantry Battalion, 1st Canadian Division insignia exhibiting wear but still recognizable, very light wear evident on the liner, with the aforementioned chinstrap issues, as worn. Footnote: Thomas Parton was born on September 8, 1893 in Toronto, Ontario. He was a resident of Toronto when he enlisted with the 134th Infantry Battalion "48th Highlanders" (799563), on January 22, 1916, in Toronto, at the age of 22, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Martha Parton of Toronto, stating that he had served for five years with an active militia, the 48th Highlanders, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Plasterer. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed August 9, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel A.A. Miller with a strength of 32 officers and 1,078 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion, with Parton later transferred to the 15th Infantry Battalion "48th Highlanders of Canada" and surviving the war. (C:4)  
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