Posted 6 months ago
British WWII Railways Senior Official/Warden steel helmet. Helmet from a member of the Great Western Railway GWR, senior rank denoted by the white painted helmet and two black diamonds painted to the front. Owner also had a knitted woolen cap inserted in the helmet to help protect against the cold.
The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England and most of Wales. It was founded in 1833, received its enabling Act of Parliament in 1835 and ran its first trains in 1838.
For the GWR, World War II was very different from the First. Instead of coal trains supplying fuel to the navy, the company provided trains for evacuees into the safer West Diesel railcar no. 22Country. From Ealing Broadway, the main station for women and children leaving their homes in London, 163 trains carried 112,994 evacuees over just four days. It was quite a new experience for most of the children seeing for the first time green fields with cows and sheep, but the remoteness of their new homes must have troubled some of the youngsters compared to what they were used to.