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Old 18-10-21, 05:17 PM
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Hi all, found this Pith Helmet named to N. A. Mackenzie, R.E. " Royal Engineers", though the flash is modern, I don't know to whom though?

Any information on it is appreciated many thanks Billy
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Old 18-10-21, 06:00 PM
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First name(s) Norman Alexander
Medal type Military Cross, 1914-1918
Last name Mackenzie
Decorations MC
Year 1917
Country Great Britain
London Gazette reference 1st award LG:29886/1 Jan 1917
Record set Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Service number -
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Rank T/lt
Subcategory Medal Rolls and Honours
Regiment Royal Engineers
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Old 18-10-21, 06:39 PM
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Just what I was hoping for but a bit shocked as to being a Military Cross! WW1 also a bit of a shocker but absolutely chuffed with that! Well both of these!

Because of the condition I thought perhaps interwar years!

Many thanks am sure more information will come to light? As to what the M.C. was awarded for for instance?
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Could just be a namesake mind and yiu could be right interwar years and a different person
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Old 18-10-21, 07:11 PM
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True! and in truth that would still be good! The only other way to be sure would be the maker's name on the Hat band might narrow it down to a certain period of time, ie gone out of business 1920,s for instance, that would make the M.C. a higher possibility?

But thanks for what you found, billy
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I believe the helmet is most likely an early WW2 example which was never really used, as most tended to be by that time. Many such have survived and are generally unused to any degree. The pagri on it is what they were made with from the manufacturer, but in actual use, they were replaced with a much thicker one with many more folds, at least on the ones pre war in actual foreign service wear. I also think the RE flash was added later.
A nice helmet nonetheless.

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The helmet dates to 1941/42, from the foil lining and the form of dome vent and pug band
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Thank you gents! An 80 year old survivor, it really is in good shape, so the Foil lining is period and manufactured as such?
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The foil lining is original and was supposed to help diffuse the heat inside the helmet.

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you might find under the sweatband a wd letter or date
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