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Offline lutonman1

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2018, 16:31:03 »
We must have been sent into peoples houses to examine them, to.see if the gas masks were still worthy,       as I can still remember the smell of some of these houses. I understood the green canister`s life was short. You have a very good memory Dave, were you evacuated.
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2018, 16:21:37 »
Dave Smith ...
Thank you for telling me that  :) Fortunately I was a demob baby , so missed all the nasty goings on. My Dad was probably in Iceland with the RAMC but my Mum and sister and 2 brothers were evacuated to my Grandads in Hampshire . They were living in Walthamstow and using a Morrison shelter there , when part of a Doodlebug fell on the house. There was of course plenty of damage so off to Grandads fortunately. I don't think my brothers had to use gas marks ( I'd have to ask they are still around ) they have ( in the past ) told me a few things that happened but not a lot.
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2018, 13:33:36 »
lutonman 1. We were issued with our gas masks some time before war was declared ( I was 9) .A chap brought them round to the house to make sure they fitted correctly & he, or a colleague, came a few weeks later to tape on a smoke filter ( green anodised frame) on the front of the existing filter. I'm pretty sure our boxes were all the same size- altho' the masks not- " child" & "adult" doesn't ring a bell but I would not swear to it; a Longgg time ago. At school, woe betide you if you turned up without your gas mask- you were sent home to get it! Every week we had a gas mask drill, just putting it on & taking it off, so that we were " prepared"!

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2018, 13:12:22 »
Lyn. I think that was a one off, home made by the metalworker father.  The supply air would be through the "standard gas mask" filter, pumping that bulb would only circulate the air inside - it needed to exhaust it! The issue baby gas mask was much smaller than a pram, not much bigger than the baby. However, fortunately they were never needed & in any case inconvenience would be better than being gassed!

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2018, 22:08:09 »
What a horrible contraption, poor babies. I hope they weren't too popular .
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2018, 17:19:59 »
A.R.P. gas proof pram. Hextable Kent 1938.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2018, 13:54:33 »
I believe there was also a gas proof baby pram but I'm not sure if it was generally available.

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2018, 13:48:19 »
Now, as I was writing this article, something  crossed  my mind. As for the childrens` gas mask, I cannot
remember fitting any of them, but I must have done.------- Memory is not like it was !
While at at Hendon R.A.F. Museum, years ago, I saw a cardboard package for sale at 3.00. It contained
a replica of the identity card we all carried during the war. The other in the package was a replica of a
children`s cardboard gas mask box. I still have this box, it seems smaller than the adult one.
It is marked inside the lid flap --- Childrens` gas mask.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2018, 19:09:12 »
Beware! Some gas masks were fitted with asbestos filters.

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IWM (H 1050) Service respirator. A mounted Lance Corporal of the Household Cavalry wearing a gas mask, Windsor, 1939. His horse is also wearing a gas mask.

IWM (D 4053) Two eyepiece mask. A head and shoulders portrait of an Air Raid Warden wearing his steel helmet and duty gas mask. The steel helmet has a large white 'W' painted on it, indicating that the wearer is an ARP Warden. The warden also wears a white sash, probably to make him more visible in the blackout.

IWM (D 3918) Single eyepiece mask and baby mask. A mother cradles her newborn baby in bed, shortly after giving birth. The mother is wearing her civilian respirator, whist the baby is encased in a baby gas helmet, which buckles around the baby's bottom. The mother is demonstrating how the bellows on her baby's gas mask are pumped to supply the baby with air.

 
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2018, 17:59:27 »
I had a red Mickey Mouse 2 eye  mask .Block the filter inlet with hand then could blow raspberries through the nose exhaust flaps.

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 17:20:12 »
Wasn't there another one for children?

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 16:05:50 »
There were four types of gas masks issued in war 2. The A.R.P. wardens / messengers fitted. 2. 3. 4.
 
 1 ------------ The service respirator    ------ issued to all service personnel, Firemen, A.R.P. rescue.
 2 ------------ The two eyepiece mask  ------ Issued to Wardens / messengers.
 3 ------------ the single eyepiece mask ----  Issued to all civilians.
 4 ------------ The baby mask                ----  baby placed inside with pump operated.

                                        Firewatchers were issued with a different tin hat.

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Gas Masks.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 14:33:40 »
there was four types of gas marks issued in war 2. The A.R.P. wardens / messengers fitted. 2. 3. 4.
 
 1 ------------ The service respirator    ------ issued to all service personal, Firemen, A.R.P. rescue.
 2 ------------ The two eyepiece mask  ------ Issued to Wardens / messengers.
 3 ------------ the single eyepiece mask ----  Issued to all civilian.
 4 ------------ The baby mask                ----  baby placed inside with pump operated.

                                        Firewatcher`s were issued with a different tin hat.
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