United Kingdom Gas Masks



Type:
MK.III
Made by: Multiple companies
Date: June 1927
Filter: The MK.III's filter would have been fixed using binding wire to a fabric covered rubber hose similar to that of the MK.IV hose.
Used by: Military

The MK.III respirator was issued to the British & Commonwealth forces during the 1920’s/30’s before slowly being phased out and replaced by the MK.IV. This MK.III example does not have its original hose or filter and has been fitted with an industrial air supply hose. This MK.III would have most likely been purchased as surplus by an individual or a company and had the original hose removed and the industrial air hose attached. Whether this upgrade was a one off or a batch is unknown. The mask itself is very hard and fragile which is very common to see in MK.III and early MK.IV respirators. The flexible exhale flapper valve is still intact. This example, like many, has been reused as a training mask. The “D” stamp on the chin of the MK.III stands for “Drill”, meaning for drill use only.

  • Six women wearing MK. III respirators during a training drill in Melbourne, Australia. (Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria.)
    Six women wearing MK. III respirators during a training drill in Melbourne, Australia. (Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria.)

 

 






Type: MK.IV (Artillery Model)

Made by: Avon Protection

Date: 1929

Filter: Fixed to hose

Used by: Artillery Crew

 

 





Type: MK.IV (with filter type 'F')

Made by: Multiple companies

Date: 1930's

Filter: Fixed to hose

Used by: Military???







Type: MK. IV

Made by: Various

Date: Oct. 1939

Filter: Fixed

Used by: Military & Civil

 

 






Type: MK.V

Made by: Multiple companies.

Date: 1942

Filter: Fixed but do not own one.

Used by: Military, Civil.







Type: Civilian Duty

Made by: Various

Date: 1942

Filter: Fixed

Used by: Civil

Example pictured is a size small.






Type: Respirator, anti-gas, Child (also known as “Mickey Mouse”)

Made by: Avon Protection

Date: November 1941

Filter: fixed

Used by: Children

 

 




Type: Light Weight

Made by: Multiple companies

Date: ca. 1950's

Filter: 60mm

Used by: Military

 

 

 





Type: Puretha with filter type 'C'

Made by: Siebe Gorman

Date: ca. 1970's

Filter: fixed

Used by: Industrial e.g. Miners

 





Type: Puretha Gas Mask

Made by: Siebe Gorman

Date: ca. 1970's

Filter: Fixed (Filter type 'C')

Used by: Industrial


This exact piece was used by the Shell Corp. in Newcastle, Australia for jobs where harmful substances were present. This included the restoration of storage tanks.









Type: AR10

Made by: Avon Protection

Date:

Filter: 40mm

Used by: Police

 

 

 




Type: FM12

Made by: Avon Protection

Date: 1994

Filter: 40mm

Used by: Military and Police