Lance-Sergeant, Machine-Gun Battalion 1918

The lance-sergeant is in the 4th Company, Guards Machine-Gun Battalion, in early 1918. His cap badge is the 5 in 1 star that was used initially, and his collar badges are the crossed machine-guns of the MG Corps. There is nothing to indicate whether he is a Grenadier Guard or from the other Guards regiments. He has a medal ribbon for the Mons Star and a Spanish Trocaola .455 revolver. On his lower fore-arm are a machine-gun badge, MG within a wreath, and two wound stripes. These are gold vertical lines, one-and-a-half inches long, for each wound. These were introduced in August 1916. Wounds from previous wars were to be marked by red rayon braid. They were discontinued in 1922 but restored in Feb 1944.

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