WORLD WAR I
Mask, Gas

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Description French Model ARS Gas Mask and Carrier: brown rubberized fabric face piece with two lenses secured in metal frames; adjustable web head straps in back; filter can screwed into mask is painted brown; steel carrying case with corrugated body and flip top lid; metal guides for cloth shoulder strap. Paper tag with instructions written in French inside lid. Written in mask: "MAJ MARDEN". This mask was developed in 1917 and based on the German gas mask.

Walter A. Marden was the son of Nathan Marden and was born in Chicester, NH circa 1870. He is first listed in the Oshkosh City Directories in 1890 as a concrete contractor in business with his brother Peter L. Marden. He joined the Wisconsin National Guard was Captain of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in Spanish American War. He was promoted to Major June 5, 1912, commanding the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He commanded the battalion in 1916 during the Mexican Border War. In 1917 he commanded a battalion of the 127th Infantry, 32nd Division during World War I. His health broke down in France and he was hospitalized in August and September 1918. He was then transferred to the Service of Supply until December 1918 when he was sent back to Fort Dix in the United States to help muster out troops.
Dimensions H-8.5 Dia-5.5 inches
Dimension notes Dimensions are canister, approximate.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Material Cotton/Steel/Glass
Object ID I00.12.5.182
Object Name Mask, Gas
Place of Origin France
People Marden, Walter A.
Used Marden, Walter A.
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