Civilian Duty Respirator
This gas mask was produced for civilians who needed better protection from gas than the ordinary civilian mask could provide. It was worn by civilian services such as ARP, ambulance and hospital workers and others who might be expected to have to work in gas filled areas for a length of time.
The mask is rubber, with a filter on the front, two metal eyepieces and a flutter valve on the front:At the side is a rubber protrusion for the attaching of a microphone piece. It would have been pierced and the microphone assembled inside the mask for works such as switch board operators and radio users:The mask is manufactured by Liebe Gorman and Co and was produced in 1942:Christmas Card
This christmas card is an example of the many thousands sent out by municipal councils, churches and other public bodies at the start of the Great War.
The envelope is addressed to a ‘Private H.H. Wright- 2985, “F” Company, 6th West Yorks Regt’:Inside the card has a suitable patriotic picture and a message from The Lord Mayor of Bradford:Invitation to Old Comrades
This card was sent by the Warrant Officers and Sergeants of the 6th Battallion West Yorkshire Regiments to invite Old Comrades to Dinner and Tea at the battalion’s annual camp in Scarborough in 1935:As it came from the same source as the Christmas card one can assume that it was sent to the same HH Wright.
Supplementary clothing Book
Throughout much of WW2 clothing was rationed, the same as many other scarce products. In order to buy new items of clothing you had to have a ration book which the shop keeper clipped coupons out of. This example is again from the same source as the above two items and is made out to a Hilda Wright, of Binnie Street, Bradford:
Daily Mail World War Atlas
This little atlas was produced by the Daily Mail and sold to the public during WW2. It shows the occupied countries of Europe and the allied and axis powers with their spheres of influence and once can imagine the armchair generals pouring over it to follow the ebb and flow of the conflict.
Active Service Devotions Book
Religion was in important part of life for many in the armed forces throughout both world wars. To cater for their spiritual needs, many different religious organisations produced free bibles and religious pamphlets for troops. This little pamphlet has ‘On Active Service’ prominently displayed on the cover:Inside it explains that is is specifically for women on active service:
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Beret
This rather sorry looking beret has a post war embroidered bullion badge for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.Probably originally purchased by an officer, you can tell post 1952 items by the style of crown on the badge. The larger and fuller Queen’s crown contrasts with the more compact King’s Crown used from 1901-1952.