Mask, Gas

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Description British made gas mask in khaki canvas bag; flap has two brass snaps. Bag has two compartments, one for mask and one for filter container. There is a 4' long cotton string attached to top of bag and coiled into bag. Bag has 2" wide shoulder strap with brass buckles. At center of strap is brass knob for securing strap to uniform. "4" stamped on exterior of flap and "Major W.A. Marden" hand written in ink. Interior of flap has "20" stamped and "XO" in pencil. Gas mask has cotton-covered rubber tube from mask to filter canister (respirator). Rubber mouth piece shows significant deformation, deterioration and loss. The canister is badly deteriorated and rusted through near bottom allowing carbon particles to spill out; carbon particles are loose in bottom on carrying bag. Top of canister reads: 'THOS. H. WILSON/ LTD/ MANCHESTER." Khaki face mask with elastic headband and amber plastic eye held in aluminum frame. Mask has the number "4" stencilled on exterior near nose piece. Interior holds paper instruction sheet "Directions for Use of Small Box Respirator," wrapped around 3" cardboard box holding tube of "Glasso Anti-dimming Composition" and cotton cloth used for applying to lens.

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-10 W-10 D-2 inches
Dimension notes Dimensions of bag only
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Made Thomas H. Wilson Ltd
Material Cloth/Metal/Rubber/Plastic
Object ID I00.12.5.185
Object Name Mask, Gas
Place of Origin Manchester, England
People Marden, Walter A.
Used Marden, Walter A.
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