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Arm braid - Scottish Rifles 1916


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Hi -

Does someone know what the braid shown (attached) on my grandfather's uniform indicates?



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It is a lanyard - by WW1 it was originally intended to hold the soldiers clasp knife, but was often used for more practical purposes (eg to carry a whistle). All soldiers were meant to get them on mobilization, but they are more commonly (and somewhat erroneously) associated with artillery troops who also wore them in peactime.

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Thanks Andrew -

I had wondered if it was related to bugler duties (he did a bit of reveille/last post in training areas as he played in a silver band pre-war). It's the only appearance of such a lanyard in my small set of photos of WW1 soldier relatives, hence my enquiry.


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