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William James Brown 1914-1928 HMS Comus

William James Brown 1914-1928 HMS Comus

William James Brown HMS Comus 1914-1918

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A great photo, and I was pleased to read his history with the HMS Comus photograph. Have you any idea what the three small stripes on his right sleeve were for?
 

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I concur a great photo.
On his right sleeve are "Overseas Service Chevrons", awarded for active service for any period during a given year.

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If the same markings were used by the RN as the Army in the 1914-18 War I am pretty certain those two lines that he is clearly so proudly displaying on his left cuff are wound stripes.
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I believe the chevrons in the photo represent the years 1915, 1916 and 1917. The 1914 chevron was a different colour and the 1918 chevron was, I believe, not issued until 1919.

Peter, I believe you are quite right with the wound stripes.

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I must thank you all for paying interest to my pictures. It is great to learn more about the details. My Grandad never mentioned anything about being wounded in the first war, but my Mother seems to think that HMS Comus was torpedoed two or three times and damaged. He did mention about sinking a German ship called the Grief, and also that they used to take P.O.W's to Leith docks and then march them to a camp and sometimes to Edinburgh castle itself.

Even after being severely injured & losing his first wife during a WW2 bombing raid on Hull, I never heard my Grandad speak ill of the Germans. He would always tell me that they are just people like me. Respect.

Best Regards to you all & Rule Britannia
Rob Mason
 

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