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SLEEVE CHEVRON


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Good evening,


I would like to identify these 3 blue rafters on a khaki background.

 

 

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thank's in advance.

 

regards

 

michel

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Hello Michel

 

That is the specialist badge of a trained Lewis Gunner.

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Ron

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Michel

 

Those more expert than me will no doubt chip in, but that looks like a Lewis Gunner's badge to me,

 

David.

And Ron beat me to it.  

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good morning,

 

I was tired last night when I made this message.

here are the good pictures.

sorry for the inconvenience

 

regards

 

michel

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31 minutes ago, battle of loos said:

good morning,

 


I was tired last night when I made this message.

here are the good pictures.

sorry for the inconvenience

 

regards

 

michel

 

They are ‘overseas service stripes’, Michel.  One was authorised for each year of war service outside of Great Britain.  Those who served in the first year, 1914, were issued a red stripe, and then a blue stripe was issued for each succeeding year until 1919 I believe.  From memory I don’t think that the stripes began to be issued until early in 1918.  They were positioned on the lower right sleeve of service dress jackets.

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1 hour ago, MAW said:

Would 1919 have been included as a blue stripe?

 

Service overseas up until May 1920 counted - just about everything you could want on them at:

 

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldiers/how-to-research-a-soldier/tips-for-interpreting-photographs-of-men-in-uniform/whats-that-on-his-sleeve-an-overseas-service-chevron/

 

or:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_Service_Chevron

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Very interesting.

 

I had thought that the chevrons were awarded for whole calendar years, but they were actually awarded for twelve-month periods of continuous or non-continuous service.

 

Mark

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good evening,

 

thank's a lot for your answer.

 

regards

 

michel

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