Service Stripe - number 1's

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  1. Hello,

    have tried looking for this through google etc. If here, apologies.

    I am trying to trace an old photo of a family member. He appears to have 2 long service stripes (bottom of HIS left hand sleeve) in the photo taken of him in his Number 1's.

    Can anyone confirm that stripes approx 2 inch from the sleeve are long service and how long each one signifies?

    Thanks very much

  2. Good Conduct Stripes
    On 1 March 1881 a GO moved good conduct chevrons from the right arm to the left
    arm. Large chevrons worn point-up on the left forearm, similar in size to that
    which an NCO wears point down on the upper arm, were for good conduct. In WW1
    they were worn by soldiers under the rank of Corporal, 2nd Corporal or
    Bombardier, for the following service:

    1 chevron = 2 years
    2 chevrons = 6 years
    3 chevrons = 12 years
    4 chevrons = 18 years
    5 chevrons = 23 years
    6 chevrons = 28 years
    and apparently it could go as high as 10 chevrons for 50 years.

    From RootsWeb: GREATWAR-L [WW1] Wound Stripes, Good Conduct Stripes & Overseas Service Chevrons
  3. Shortarms,
    Very many thanks for taking the time to check this for me - much appreciated.