Private 1918

The private of the Somerset Light Infantry is seated in this photo of a group of medics working at an Aid Post in 1918. His uniform shows pale patches on his shoulder straps, a Divisional sign at the top of his left sleeve, and a plaited lanyard on his left shoulder. He has four small inverted chevrons on his right sleeve which are for overseas service. The larger single chevron on the left sleeve was for good-conduct. His shapeless cap is the gor blimey cap worn by the infantry when not wearing the steel helmet. The caps were originally well shaped and sharply defined but they were easy targets so the stiffeners were removed to give them the appearance seen here. He has a gas mask bag around his neck.

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by Stephen Luscombe