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(souvenirs and ephemera)
Harness associated with 'Rex', a British Second World War Home Front 'rescue dog'. 'Rex' was awarded the Dickin medal on 25 April 1945 for outstanding bravery in finding bomb victims, trapped under fallen debris. (The Dickin...
(Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Wilkinson
This modified Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife was used by Frank Penfold (1913-2005) while acting as leader of the Arundel Patrol of Auxiliary Unit Battalion 203. The Auxiliary units were created in 1940 to conduct guerilla warfare in the event of a German...
bag and gas mask Brown leather handbag with gas mask compartment underneath, the top of the bag has a metal zip fastening, the inside of this zipped compartment is lined with brown satin material and to one side is an integral purse with metal clasp made...
(uniforms and insignia) Made by: Kangol Wear Limited
Beret: a black beret with black leather edging and small pale blue bow at back. On left side, an embroidered badge sewn to beret, HOME GUARD AUXILIARIES round a red circle containing a representation of a tin helmet cocked onto a capital letter F, all in...
(Equipment) Made by: D B Ltd
Torch: rectangular-shaped brown painted battery-operated torch with a single glass bulb and lens. There are two selector knobs mounted, each lower side to the front face, and either is raised vertically to select a coloured filter for the lens. To the...
(uniforms and insignia) Made by: A M Co 1941
The London Blitz of 1940 highlighted the inadequacies of the authorities to gain control. The ARP in all their forms were stretched to capacity, therefore when 1kg magnesium incendiary bombs crashed through roofs later to ignite undetected, the...
(uniforms and insignia) Made by: Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd, Dagenham 1940
Helmet: grey painted steel bowl-shaped steel helmet fitted with linseed oil based leather cloth liner system, and a canvas chinstrap. The helmet features three holes punched to the rim, each side of the chinstrap brackets.