The military connection here in tenuous but primarily because of the ad I'm posting it here. The Theroz Mess Kit used solidified alcohol cubes as fuel. The company owned a couple of patents for this fuel and was apparently an early user of this system. In 1922 they filed a lawsuit against Sterno for patent infringement. During WWI a great number of items were marketed for private purchase by officers who had to furnish their own kit, or family to send to serving soldiers. The Theroz Mess Kit was one of those items. Never an issue item, post-war it was marketed as a camping accessory. Base support in center, then clockwise from 9 o'clock, pot support, two cook pots, lid/fry pan, burner for fuel cubes (shown upside down), fuel container, spoon/pot holder, coffee cup. The cook pots hold one pint. Recommended use, coffee in the bottom pot, soup in the second pot and beans in the lid. Once the coffee and soup are hot the pots are removed and the lid moved closer to the heat to finish cooking. Here it is stacked next to a Sigg Tourist. Because the lower cook pot suspends from its rim it is a bit more compact than the Sigg. Below, a view of the nested kit with the Sigg. Guy Empey was a U.S. soldier who joined the British army as a private in 1915. Wounded early in the Somme campaign he was medically discharged. He wrote of his experience in the book "Over the Top". The book was popular in the US in 1917, selling about 1/4 million copies. He attempted to re-enlist in the U.S. army but was deemed medically unfit because of his wounds.