St Albans-made war memorabilia to feature in exhibition on Remembrance Sunday

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 November 2016

The sun helmet will be put on display as part of a First World War exhibition.

The sun helmet will be put on display as part of a First World War exhibition.

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A St Albans-made military sun helmet will be on display for one hour to coincide with Remembrance Sunday.

It was created by E Day and Co in St AlbansIt was created by E Day and Co in St Albans

St Albans Museums obtained the headgear at an auction and it is believed to be one of three surviving sun helmets made by E.Day & Co in 1918.

The company, which was based in Marlborough Road, was thought to have created more than 750,000 helmets for troops between 1915 and 1918, including the one which is going on display in the north transept of St Albans Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday.

The sun helmet was part of a collection of military equipment, used by Welsh Regiments, which was formed by the late Llewellyn Lord - an American with a Welsh background who developed a passion for British military history.

It also features in an exhibition in the cathedral using photographs, maps and research from the book, St Albans: Life on the Home Front 1914-1918. Society member, Sue Mann, said: “Up until now the helmet has been in a private collection, so it probably hasn’t been since the man who wore it and the man who acquired it.

“It’s rare because things like this got thrown away eventually and so it’s one of three surviving helmets.”

The exhibition runs until next Wednesday, November 16.

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