Guest Posted 5 November , 2013 Share Posted 5 November , 2013 Having recently dived into the history of 1914 I am interested to know what might define an Old Contemtible. I am aware if the original mistranslation that is the source of the moniker. My interest is who in the British Army could claim to be an Old Contemptible.... Is he a member of the first four Divisions of the BEF? ......The first six Divisions? .....Only a Regular? ....Would the many TF battalions that made their way to the front in 1914 'qualify' (for want of a much better word)..... Is the term bound by dates?.... If so which dates?.... Bound by the dates of the Mons Star? .... Would for example a Reservist arriving in time for The Defence of Festubert (23rd to 24th Nov 1914 or the Defence of Givenchy (20th to 21st Dec 1914) be reasonably justified in calling himself an Old Contemptible? .... Etc ad nauseam. I would be very interested to hear any views on what defines an Old Contemtible. I realise there is no official recognition of the term. For what it is worth, I had always assumed the Mons Star was the qualifier but that implies anyone who arrived after First Ypres would not rightly be an Old Contemptible. MG Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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