Donald R. Saxon's Helmet
Canadian Lieutenant Donald R. Saxon wore this protective helmet while serving in the British cruiser HMS Newcastle in 1944.
The markings identify him as the control officer for the ship's port side high-angle (anti-aircraft) guns. Already a veteran of several European battles, Newcastle was active in the war against Japan as part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron, bombarding Japanese-held islands and supporting Allied landings in Burma. In the Indian Ocean, as in other theatres, Canadians like Saxon made valuable contributions while on loan to or serving in the Royal Navy.