Wound Stripes

A common question when looking at WW1 British photographs is “what is that stripe/bar on the lower left arm?” These vertical bars are known as Wound Stripes, and were awarded to those wounded during the Great War. The Wound Stripes were first approved under Army Order 249 of 1916, published on the 6th July 1916.Continue reading “Wound Stripes”

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”

Distinguishing Marks of The Great War – Signallers of the British Army, an illustrated guide.

The evolution of distinguishing marks and armbands worn by Signallers during the Great War.

Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry

With the introduction of the steel helmet in 1915, it wasn’t long before British, and it’s then Empire, troops began to embellish them with unit signs. These ‘distinguishing marks’ as they were known were intended to identify the unit of the wearer. Some markings were as simple as a cap badge soldered to the frontContinue reading “Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry”

Sneak Preview! – Upcoming Publication on “The Distinguishing Marks of The Somme 1916”

For several years now, I have had an increasing interest in the distinguishing marks adopted by the British Army during the Great War. These include the cloth badges worn on uniforms, those painted on helmets and vehicles’ signboards as well as the Divisional and other Formation Signs. The subject is absolutely fascinating, and up untilContinue reading “Sneak Preview! – Upcoming Publication on “The Distinguishing Marks of The Somme 1916””

Proposed Divisional Sign – 43rd Wessex Division

Divisional Signs first appeared early on during the Great War, and by the armistice in November 1918, nearly all British divisions had adopted one. They provided a quick and easy means of identifying units, without giving away the Order of Battle. The signs also provided an esprit de corps, sense of loyalty and belonging toContinue reading “Proposed Divisional Sign – 43rd Wessex Division”