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Description Toque or Knitted Helmet: brown knit wool; opening in front for face; bib in front to cover chest and shorter bib in back; printed name tag inside reads, "Alan B. Ellis". These types of helmets were knitted by members of the American Red Cross and other organizations. They then given to soldiers in the American Expeditionary Forces. The Knitting Committee of the Winnebago County Chapter of the American Red Cross made 486 of these helmets from June 1917 to October 1919.
Allan B. Ellis was born November 27, 1888 in Nahma, MI. He lived at 540 John Street in Appleton, WI when he enlisted in Company G, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. When his company became part of the 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd "Rainbow" Division, in 1917, Allan was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant. He returned to Appleton after World War I and died there on August 17, 1943.
Dimensions W-9 L-21 inches
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Made American Red Cross
Material Wool
Object ID 1797-5-T1
Object Name Toque
People Ellis, Allan B.
Used Ellis, Allan B.
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