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Welcome to my website dedicated to military history, with a focus on the British Army around the late Victorian to Great War period.

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Site Launched 1st July 2020

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Overseas Service Chevrons

A question I’m often asked when identifying WW1 British photographs, is “what are those stripes on the lower right arm?” These small badges are known as Overseas Service Chevrons, and were worn with the apex pointing upwards. Simply put, they were awarded for each year’s service overseas during the Great War. The chevrons were firstContinue reading “Overseas Service Chevrons”