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Default Wound Stripes and Chevrons denoting Service Overseas

Here is an interesting extract from the Battalion Orders Book of the 28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists Rifles) dated December 1922.

Silver Badges, Wound Stripes and Chevrons Denoting Service Overseas.
1. The wearing when in uniform of silver war badges, wound stripes and chevrons denoting service overseas, introduced during the Great War, will be discontinued forthwith.

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for overseas service chevrons



authorized by A.O. 4 of 1918
discontinued by A.O. 434 of 1922

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Thank you JP the date of the Army Order 434 fits exactly!
Here is a picture of the wound stripes in brass (gilding metal):
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Personally, I think the Wound Stripe should be re-introduced!

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Personally, I think the Wound Stripe should be re-introduced!

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John,
Would go along with that. The rationale of them being introduced in the first
place seems to be very relevant today - or don't the politicians class what going on the ME as a war?? Probably not. My apologies, Bush & 'Son' classed it as something else.....
Well put John, but it won't happen.
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Hi All
Could someone enlighten me please, what was a silver wound stripe used for? I have a couple of the gilding ones but have never heard of a silver one. What were the 'overseas service stripes'? Was it the red chevron for overseas and a blue for each year abroad?
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John,
Would go along with that. The rationale of them being introduced in the first
place seems to be very relevant today - or don't the politicians class what going on the ME as a war?? Probably not. My apologies, Bush & 'Son' classed it as something else.....
Well put John, but it won't happen.
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

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All good here David,
If the Americans can have a Purple Heart for getting injured, a little brass stripe would be a nice touch.

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Could someone enlighten me please, what was a silver wound stripe used for? I have a couple of the gilding ones but have never heard of a silver one. What were the 'overseas service stripes'? Was it the red chevron for overseas and a blue for each year abroad?
Thanks. Cheers,
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I think the "silver badges" referred to in the Artists Rifles orders might be the "Imperial Service" badge worn on the right breast and originally awarded to members of the Territorial Force who volunteered from 1912 to be drafted overseas. See 170A in British Army Proficeincy Badges by Denis Edwards and David Langley.
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Hi GGA
Thanks for that. I assume then it was a typo in the first post which says:
"1. The wearing when in uniform of silver wound badges, wound stripes and chevrons denotng service overseas, introduced during the Great War, will be discontinued forthwith."
The Imperial Service badge makes sense.
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Could someone enlighten me please, what was a silver wound stripe used for? I have a couple of the gilding ones but have never heard of a silver one. What were the 'overseas service stripes'? Was it the red chevron for overseas and a blue for each year abroad?
Thanks. Cheers,
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The red chevron was for those enlisting in the first year of the war and the blue ones for each sucessive years of service.

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Red I believe for overseas service in 1914 not just enlisting. Blue stripe for each aggregate year overseas thereafter. If wounded / posted back home then the time at home did not count. I believe colonial troops got a stripe for just leaving their home country ie Canada / Austrailia?

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hi all,

have to agree with john that a service stripe for overseas should be reinstated,along with a wound stripe.
after all surley the mod could find enough for a small strip of material

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Hi GGA
Thanks for that. I assume then it was a typo in the first post which says:
"1. The wearing when in uniform of silver wound badges, wound stripes and chevrons denotng service overseas, introduced during the Great War, will be discontinued forthwith."
The Imperial Service badge makes sense.
Thanks. Cheers,
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You are correct. While the heading is "Silver badges ..." the text should have read "silver war badges" now I am confused - what is a "silver war badge"?
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The badge issued to troops discharged during the war. It is round with GV cypher.
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The badge issued to troops discharged during the war. It is round with GV cypher.
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Thanks - I thought it might be that one, but was it not for wearing in "mufti" (civilian clothes)? Where was it worn on uniform?
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