Chris, on 15 April 2012 - 08:55 AM, said:
Also do the three chevrons on his cuff indicate overseas service from 1915 through to 1918.
old owl, on 15 April 2012 - 02:24 PM, said:
Just noticed the three chevrons which you mentioned. As far as I am aware these denote service for 1915/16/17-- as you say, so it is more likely that he was commissioned in late 1917 or early 1918.
The answer to the first part is - not necessarily. When Overseas Service Chevrons were first issued in 1918, the individual was entitled to their first chevron the first day they served overseas. For a soldier who served in 1914 this would be red, for soldiers who had not served in 1914 this would be blue, as every subsequent stripe would be. Entitlement to each subsequent stripe was only when 12 months further overseas service (with an allowance of up to 4 weeks home leave to count towards it) was accumulated.
So it is possible for service to be interupted by wounds, home service, etc, and not accumulate a neat set of time. Service early post-war counted as well, so it could possibly be reflected there as well.