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Hello all,

I have just acquired a  British MK IV helmet with this insignia on the left hand side, I believe it to be the plume of the welsh guards. Whilst I have found many pictures of helmets with cap badges and formation signs before I have not seen a plume or hackle. So basically I'm asking if anyone has seen any other helmets with hackles or plumes before? or if I'm wrong knows what this is.

1st photo: The helmet

2nd photo: The plume of the welsh guards

 

 

 

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I've never seen a plume on a helmet before as you say it's mostly cap badges or formation signs, would be interested to find out too if plumes were painted onto helmets.   

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So far the only image I've found of a hackle or plume on a helmet, this photo is of members of the Lancashire Fusiliers and is apparently from 1916 during the battle of the Somme.

I haven't found any other insignia that look anything like the one present on the helmet above so I'm fairly certain it is a plume of some sorts. However mine is on a MK IV  so there is a little time gap and mine is of a very different style but at least it is a start.

The second image I found colourised on an reenacting groups page.

a picture showing the shocking conditions of the WW1 trenches

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Just found this image on a south African auction site, the helmet has the colours of the welsh guards plume painted on the side of what I think is a HCRAC from the late 1930s, so solves the problem of what mine is and further shows that plumes and hackles were painted on helmets.

Regards,

Jack

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