Posted 01 November 2003 - 02:25 AM
During WW2, wound stripes had to be "claimed" from their CO.
For WW2, they were gold stripes and these could also be claimed for wounds or injuries sustained before enlistment in HM forces whilst serving in the Home Guard or other qualifying service.This usually required documentary evidence.
Red wound stripes could also be issued, but these were for wounds recieved in previous wars.
Qualification for a (gold) stripe required the recipient to have been wounded or injured by enemy action (including "friendly fire" incidents, so long as there was contact with the enemy), accidents or crashes due to enemy action, injuries sustained in a rescue operation(due to enemy action), injuries in mine/bomb clearance, injuries on operational sorties not due to enemy action (eg. a plane crash).
Those who didn't qualify are those injured by enemy action when not on duty and accidents/injurys not due to enemy action. SIW's didn't qualify either.
This is all from ACI 233, 16th Feb.1944. I have the full version (confusing!). If you'd like me to send it to you, let me know.