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    LSR
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    Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by LSR on Sun May 11, 2014 12:41 pm



    Found this helmet last week, it is not very pretty from the outside (about 20% paint remaining).
    The helmet came from a scrap metal seller in Almelo the Netherlands (liberated by the 4th Canadian armd division).Probably turned in with some other scrap from a farmyard or so.

    But the inside is fortunatly ok,what me made buy the helmet is the Canadian service number in the liner (for as far I can see the liner was always in the helmet).
    Nowadays armoured corps helmet are pretty hard to find overhere, and this type of helmets named to Canadian soldiers are really rare.


    I ran the service number on Google and this turned up:
    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/medals/001099-119.01-e.php?&person_id_nbr=65832&&PHPSESSID=5duqcp88v7615u29jseo5d4ne3

    When I examaned the rest of the liner the name was also in there, a bit faint but you can clearly read the name HEAL.


    What also is clearly to see is that this helmet has an original applied Mk3 chinstrap.



    Now i have got a question, is it possible to get more info about this John Reginald Heal, for example what regiment did he serve in as a signalman ,what was his action to be MID (I assume that this means he did something outstanding).
    I hope to get some additional info here.

    Cheers Henk-Jan

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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by servicepub on Sun May 11, 2014 4:11 pm

    Here's what I have; HEAL, John Reginald, Signalman (H.102239) - Mention in Despatches - Signals - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 9 March 1946 and CARO/6431 dated 8 March 1946.
    It appears that Heal was a Signalman with the RCCS. There probably won't be a recommendation for his Mention.

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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by Jonhno on Sun May 11, 2014 6:50 pm

    very nice helmet, I didnt think to look in that spot for names before, just incase I tear a liner

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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by LSR on Thu May 15, 2014 3:39 pm

    Thanks guys,any additional info is very welcome 2 thumbs up 

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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by pylon1357 on Thu May 15, 2014 10:19 pm

    I I am in the process of moving, most of my internet stuff and research has to be done on my phone. If no one steps up earlier I will look into it when I am settled probably be a week or two. you should be able to get a censored record for him from the LA


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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by LSR on Fri May 23, 2014 2:29 pm

    That would be much appreciated Cliff. 2 thumbs up 

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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by Michael Reintjes on Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:54 pm

    I have a couple of these as well...both found in Holland and both from 5th Div soldiers who were in Italy.....the one withe German chin strap is from Trooper Jm Hollowell GGHG and the other is from Sgt Art Button RCCS attached Princess Louise Fusiliers.....the Button Helmet was found right after the war near Ede where the PLF were involved fighting with the the Calgary Tank against mixed German and Dutch SS elements....The Hollowell Helmet was found in a barn southwest of Delfzijl where the GGHG was involved in fighting in the Delfzijl area...





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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by Jonhno on Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:04 pm

    very interesting helmets Michael, the german chinstrap being used is eye opening

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    Re: Armoured corps steel helmet

    Post by marcel320 on Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:43 pm

    Nice helmet he one with the german belt looks my one i sold many years ago
    marcel

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