KNITTED HELMETS FOR SOLDIERS.
MOST URGENTLY-NEEDED COMFORTS.
Sir,—I should be so much obliged if you would, by inserting this letter, help me to make known that knitted helmets are one of the most urgently-needed "comforts" for soldiers at the front or going there. Comparatively few knitters make them or have the best and simplest receipt, so I venture to append it. These helmets are very easy to make, use up very little wool, and are almost impossible to buy ready-made.
May I take this opportunity of offering my most grateful thanks to all the kind senders of very generous gifts of various warm comforts, all of which have been most welcome and useful. I hope they will be so good as to go on sending me more whenever they can, to the same address, 1, Hereford Gardens. London, W.
A full list of the contributions sent to me and to the other ladies in North Wales who collect for the 3rd Battalion R.W.F. and the Denbighshire Yeomanry will, I hope, be published shortly in the papers.—I remain, sir, with many thanks, yours faithfully,
ALICE DOUGLAS PENNANT.
RECEIPT FOR KNITTED HELMET.
[Alice Douglas Pennant had written to the same paper in October 1914, giving a pattern for knitted body belts, for the Queen's appeal. (See here.) I am not sure whether she had any official connection with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (R.W.F.) or the Denbighshire Yeomanry, or whether they had specifically asked for helmets.
Shops selling knitted goods often included helmets in their advertising, so I think that, in spite of what the writer says, in many places it was possible to buy helmets ready-made.]