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Wound Stripe

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Does anyone have any information regarding the manufacturing of the wound stripe, its issue, its time in use, et cetera.

I recently acquired (50p each) two wound stripes, each with back plates stamped as follows:





The words No 4 and the Provisional Patent abbreviation run at right angles to the other words.

One of the stripes is marked:

AB) PAT. 7342-17 (no. 4

the other is unmarked

Who were Esco? In what year was the patent granted. Thank you to anyone who can help me.

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Distinctions in Dress for Officers and Soldiers who have been wounded.

They were introduced in the August, 1916.

Army Order 204. 6/7/16

the following distinctions in dress will be worn on the service dress jacket by all officers and soldiers who have been wounded in any of the campaigns since 4th August, 1914:-

'Strips of gold Russia braid, No.1, two inches in length, sewn perpendicularly on the left sleeve of the jacket to mark each occasion on which wounded.

In the case of officers, the lower end of the first strip of gold braid will be immediately above the upper point of the flap on cuff. Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men will wear the gold braid on the left sleeve, the lower edge of the braid to be three inches from the bottom of the sleeve. The additional strips of gold braid, marking each subsequent occasion on which wounded, will be placed on either side of the original one at half-inch interval.

Gold braid and sewings will be obtained free on indent from the Army Ordnance Department; the sewing on will be carried out regimentally without expense to the public.'

Army Council Instruction No. 1637 of 22-8-16 states;

'.... it is notified for information, that the term "wounded" refers only to those officers and soldiers whose names have appeared, or may hereafter appear, in the Casualty Lists as "wounded".

The braid will be supplied to officers and soldiers under regimental arrangements, and Commanding Officers will ensure that it is not worn by those who are not entitled to it.

sufficient for two jackets will be supplied to each man.'

Army Council Instruction No. 2075 of 3.11.16 states;

'1.... the term "wounded" refers only to those officers and soldiers whose names have appeared or may hereafter appear in casualty lists rendered by the Adjutant General's office at a base overseas, or by the G.O.C. any force engaged in active operations.

Reports in hospital lists are not to be regarded as authoritative for this purpose.

2. Officers and men reported "wounded - gas," or "Wounded - shock, shell," are entitled to the distinction.

Accidental or self-inficted wounds or injuries do not qualify."

Approval was given in an Army Order ,dated 7th June, 1917 for the extension of the provisions of Army Order 249 of 1916, to include members of the Military Nursing Services, including those of the Dominions, members of Voluntary Aid Detachments and special probationers employed in military hospitals.

Army Order 1., dated 6th March, 1919 extended the eligibility to Officers, Soldiers and Nurses wounded in any campaign prior to August 4th, 1914. Official casualty lists constituted the authority.

The wound stripes you have appear to be a private purchase.



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The big advantage of brass items for uniform was ready removal and replacement. In hot climates with abundant cheap native dhobi, it was not uncommon to wear an item of uniform for one stinking hot day only. When I was serving in Cyprus in 1961-4, the Station Warrant Officer RAF Nicosia [like an RSM but even more important, he said] changed his uniform at mid day!

In the hot climates, even rank badges were only temporarily attached by hook and eye or press-studs, and often can be seen casting big shadows as they gape.

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