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”

The Curious Case of Private Trigg

“Between 7 and 7:30a.m. the sentries saw through their periscopes a man, dressed in British uniform, carrying a rifle, and wearing his equipment less pack, in front of our wire moving towards the German lines along the extreme western edge of the craters.” Report Written by Brigadier General C J Deverell, commanding 20th Infantry BrigadeContinue reading “The Curious Case of Private Trigg”

Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches

Hunting through archives and historical records, I often get distracted by things which I had no intention of looking for. One such document I recently stumbled across had the very underwhelming title of “Defence of Communication Trenches”, written by Major H F Whinney and dated to July 1915. Lt Col Harold Fife Whinney D.S.O. O.B.E.Continue reading “Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches”

Dorset in the Great War Website

Back in 2014, I created the Dorset in the Great War website, with the aim of commemorating those from the county who served during the Great War. A major part of this site, was and still is, to list all those who are remembered on war memorials around Dorset. At the time, I was undertakingContinue reading “Dorset in the Great War Website”

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.

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””

Armoured Cars at Ctesiphon 1915

A look at the early use of Armoured Cars during the campaign in Mesopotamia, focusing on the Battle of Ctesiphon, November 1915. Back in August 2013, The Tank Museum published an online article by David Fletcher about two mysterious armoured cars that were recorded as taking part in the Battle of Ctesiphon. David Fletcher hadContinue reading “Armoured Cars at Ctesiphon 1915”