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Overseas Service Chevrons • worn on the right cuff

All three services • From January 1918 • Both 1914-18 and 1939-45 Wars
Introduced in 1918 these red chevrons indicate, not as one would expect completed years abroad, but the current year.
Two chevrons indicate that a soldier has done at least a year and one day or at most a year and 364 days. The First World War chevrons were embroidered in wool and a blue chevron indicated service during 1914 but in photographs a darker chevron may indicate either a blue chevron or a newly issued red chevron.
During the 1939-45 War chevrons were more usually printed cotton as shown here.