[The 1914–18 War]

Out of the blue – Appendix 1

Military uniform identification.

We might be able to identify Fred, for that is what I shall continue to call him, through researching any difference between British and Australian uniforms.

To this end I requested the help of a military friend. He then enlisted the aid of an Australian colleague, who said ‘despite there being a lot of crossover between British and Australian uniforms,‘ he was fairly sure that ‘Australians always wore their rank (insignia) on the shoulder. Rank on the cuff indicates a British uniform’, Consensus of opinion between them was that ‘in the absence of any hard evidence’ the likelihood is that ‘Fred’ was a British officer.

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W.W.I Australian Army Officers (from Google images)
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W.W.I Australian Army Officers at Fovant

None of the above Australian men have rank insignia on the the cuffs of their sleeves.


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W.W.I British Officer (from Google images)
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Fred?
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British W.W.I military staff of Fovant Hospital (from FHIG archives)

All of these officers have rank insignia on their cuffs.

Liz/J.O.H.
January 2011

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8 January 2011

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