Officer’s Home Service Pattern circa 1901-14.
“The East Surrey Regiment”
Attributed to Lieutenant Colonel G.A.M. Roe
5th battalion East Surrey
A good post 1901 example of an Officer’s Home Service Pattern blue cloth helmet complete with gilt metal cross piece, spike and rose head bosses supporting a velvet backed chin chain. To the front, a post 1901 gilt metal helmet plate, within the Garter, the star and Arms of Guildford set on a black velvet ground. To the base of the wreath an applied silver tri-part scroll inscribed “The East Surrey Regiment” The interior with leather sweatband, with crimson silk edging and quilted lining. The leather sweatband with an ink name of G.M. ROE ESQ. Overall good clean condition. Helmet retaining all the original gilt finish. ... Contained in a correct pattern metal storage tin.
Attributed to Lieutenant Colonel G.A.M. Roe who at the outbreak of the Great War was serving as a Major with the 1st Bn attached to the 1/5th Bn East Surrey Regiment and landed in France with this Battalion in August 1915. He later was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.