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Old 13-02-18, 06:45 PM
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Default Wounded Stripes - Issue Criteria

Hello,

Does anyone have a list of what constituted a "wound" for the issue of a WW1 wounded stripe.

My question was prompted by a friend whose Grandfather was gassed in WW1 and he asked if he would have been entitled?

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Old 13-02-18, 07:17 PM
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Hello Simon
As far as I’m aware the wounded stripe was issued for having been gassed, my Grandfather is wearing his one in a photo I have of him in WW1,he was gassed and didn’t as far as I’m aware sustain any other wound that would of qualified him to wear one, I don’t have any information on the stripe so just going on what I see and know about him.

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This may help.

http://www.researchingww1.co.uk/ww1-wound-stripes

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Old 13-02-18, 08:59 PM
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Wound BADGE for every OCCASION officially recorded as wounded.
Included gas and also wounding by enemy wire ........ But not friendly!
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Old 14-02-18, 08:01 AM
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Wound BADGE for every OCCASION officially recorded as wounded.
Included gas and also wounding by enemy wire ........ But not friendly!
To my way of seeing it, wounded by either enemy or friendly fire has no distinction. The casualty was wounded on active service. Full stop.

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Old 14-02-18, 08:28 AM
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To my way of seeing it, wounded by either enemy or friendly fire has no distinction. The casualty was wounded on active service. Full stop.

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Where would a self inflicted wound in a front line trench just before zero hour come into the scheme of things?

With wound stripes, as with Silver War Badges, there are distinct categories that apply.

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Thankyou everyone for the very informative information and to Marc for the website link.

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Old 14-02-18, 10:44 AM
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Self-inflicted wounds don't apply. On the contrary, I believe these are punishable.

But picture a scenario where an enemy trench is taken and among the confusion is subjected to artillery bombardment by both sides, in the course of which our Tommy is wounded. Whether by friendly or enemy fire, the overlying category should be 'wounded in action'.

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To my way of seeing it, wounded by either enemy or friendly fire has no distinction. The casualty was wounded on active service. Full stop.

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WIRE repeat WIRE not fire.

As for wounds by friendly fire, in the main [except by artillery with only friendly fire occurring] they would be indistinguishable, and indeed no attempt was made. However, I do have well documented cases where a man was wounded on his own [friendly] wire and was investigated for a SIW rather than given a wound badge. Life's a bitch, as they say.
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This thread has prompted me to ask what is the difference between a 'wound stripe' and the metal SWB ?lapel badge ??? My grandfather was badly wounded in the German offensive in March 1918. Amongst his papers I found a 'certificate' to the effect that he was awarded(?) a SWB number x y z but we don't think it has survived amongst his effects.
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The wound stripe was worn on uniform whilst serving.

The SWB was issued when the wound/injury led to discharge from service.
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A SWB was only issued to servicemen who were discharged from the services, for a variety of reasons, wounds/illness/age etc etc.

It was worn on the lapel of civvies to show they werent shirkers.

Wounded Stripes were worn on uniform.

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[QUOTE=grumpy;435792]WIRE repeat WIRE not fire.

Beg pardon. Lapsus on my part

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Thank you gents, now clarified.
Grfather's case was a bit anomalous since, as a results of his wounds, he was a PoW until December 1918 so that although he was hors de combat, he was still a serving soldier ! I don't think he was officially ?discharged until ?Spring 1919 ('ll look up the details at home).
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I wonder how severe an injury from enemy wire would need to be to get recorded- requiring stitches perhaps? Regards, Paul.
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