About

I am thirty three years old and have been collecting British Empire militaria seriously for the last six or seven years. I have also been involved in World War Two re-enactment and I was a reservist with the Royal Navy. I am married with a little boy and a little girl; I hope that as they gets older I can pass on my love of all things military to them as well (my wife might have other ideas though!).

I probably spend far more on militaria than I should, but as a tight Yorkshireman I am always on the lookout for a bargain and as my knowledge of my subject has increased so have my chances of finding that diamond in the rough. Just as I have learnt from other collectors through books and the web, I hope my blog will help highlight some interesting artifacts for reference by other collectors. I make no apologies for admitting that much of what I write is based on others’ original research, but hopefully the combination of this and the photos will be of value.

I started this blog because I realised I was collecting all these wonderful items and the vast majority went in a box and were never seen or enjoyed by anyone besides myself. I have found that writing these blog posts has encouraged me to research the items in my collection and increased my knowledge and understanding of them. Hopefully you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I have done writing them.

I am always happy to discuss commissions for writing articles and short pieces on British Military history for publication- just drop me an email at the address below. I have had the following pieces published:

Telephone Loudspeaker Control Unit, The Armourer, April 2017, pp94-95

Collecting on A Budget, The Armourer, May 2017, pp42-45

British WWII Webbing, The Armourer, June 2017, pp88-91

British Tank Crew in Normandy, The Armourer, July 2017, pp86-91

Small Arms of Dunkirk, The Armourer, September 2017, pp46-51

Stukas Over Dunkirk, The Armourer, September 2017, pp65-68

The Long Range Desert Group, The Armourer, October 2017, pp38-42

British 2in Mortar, The Armourer, October 2017, pp50-53

Heikels over Britain, The Armourer, November 2017, pp62-65

If you have any questions about British and Empire Militaria, would like to discuss a display and/or lecture or have an interesting item of militaria you would be interested in parting with; please feel free to email me at e.a.hallett@hud.ac.uk

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19 thoughts on “About

  1. Owen Thompson

    Hi. I have just come across your blog. Brilliant! We all know different stuff, and I am learning stuff from yours. A friend has shown me a cross strap with a pouch 4.5in x 3.5 in x 1in deep sewn onto it (as part of the manufacture) marked MECo 1939. Any ideas what it is for? Best wishes, Owen.

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Owen
      Glad you like the blog. Do you have any pictures of the pouch? I am thinking it might be something to do with signalling equipment as there was a special brace produced for flare pistol holsters with a pouch sewn to it that held four 1 inch flare cartridges.
      Thanks
      Ed

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    2. Godwin Hampton

      Wireless sets were provided with a pair of ‘Remote Control Units’, one to be attached to the set, and the other to be used at a distance via a telephone wire connecting the units. So for example an Artillery spotter could take up position on a hillside taking only the remote control unit and a reel of telephone wire with him. He could radio back information about the target even though he would be up to one mile away from the Wireless set. The strap belongs to an early Remote Control Unit and the integral pouch would contain connecting wires and plugs. A printed part number with a ZA prefix would be the cherry on the cake…..

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Thanks, I need another one so I have a pair (still missing the stretcher to go between though!). What date/condition are they?

      Ed

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  2. Tiffany

    Hello, came across your blog this evening after trying to find out some information about a wooden case that I got at a car boot at the weekend but I’m not having any luck. I was hoping you could shed a little bit of light on it. It’s a wooden case with a material handle and a broken latch. Inside the box are blue letters reading R.A.S.C SUPS. I have photos if needed. Inside were some old cartridge pen nibs (probably unrelated). I hope you can help. Thanks, Tiffany.

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Tiffany

      Definately sounds like some sort of supply box, the RASC was the Royal Army Service Corps, if you haven’t seen it already take a look at this post: https://hatchfive.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/rasc-condensed-milk-crate/ . Sadly the markings on these boxes are not always very sharp to start with and with seventy plus years of wear they can be very hard to make out. I would expect that at one point your crate would have had some writing on indicating its original contents (essential in a supply dump with tens of thousands of boxes). These boxes are not that common now as most were destroyed at the time, it would be interesting to see some pictures if you have time.

      Ed

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  3. Lawson Porter

    Hi there l to have just come across your site. I just found a 1912 naval magazine pouch in my grandfathers box in the attic…same as on your site. This has both magazine holders and in good condition. Makers mark to front J&A HILLMAN ltd 1915….broad arrow marked on inside with numbers 184. I believe he was issued this in the Police when he was a constable.

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Lawson, what a wonderful find. Its always special when you can find something with a family connection. Many of these pouches were sold off as surplus so they were repurposed for many things. Sounds like yours is nice and complete with all the internal clips- a rare survivor.
      Ed

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  4. Vanessa Parsons

    Hi there.
    I’m researching military gear in my school museum in an attempt to catalogue what appears to be quite a collection. Most of it has no indication of previous ownership or origin, so I am doing this ‘cold’. Your blog has given me some really useful starting points and terminology to get going. I’m so glad I found you and will be dipping into your site as I work through the stock.
    Thanks for sharing your collection.
    Vanessa
    HOD Humanities
    Krugersdorp High School
    South Africa

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Vanessa
      I am glad its been useful. It sounds like you have a fascinating project there. Let me know if you need help with anything.
      Ed

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  5. Ed Storey

    The photograph that you are using at the bottom of your 82 Pattern section is my work, if you wish to continue using it then please correctly credit the image to W.E. Storey Collection.

    Thank you.

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Ed

      Not a problem, can you just let me know which post its on (there are quite a few on the 82 pattern set) and I will get it updated ASAP.

      Many thanks

      Ed

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