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God wills it Inactive Member06 Aug 2017 2:34 a.m. PST

For normal ranks they are a red/gold

Do the years of service change to a yellow/gold for corporals and sergeants or just sergeant and above.

Or is there no distintive difference between the colours and its just the way the printing has been done in the book.

Years of service are on the upper left arm only?
Nco ranks are both arms just above the facing?

I do have a book on the subject but some of the drawings are confusing and seem to contradict what the text states.

Artilleryman06 Aug 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

The service stripes for Guardsmen were aurore (a shade of orange) up to the rank of corporal. Sergeants and above had their stripes in gold. The stripes were worn on the upper left arm only. Rank stripes were worn on both sleeves.

Hope that helps.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

He has it absolutely right but let me expand this, because it seems bizarre to those of us used to 20th C rank badges.

The rank badges were indeed worn on both sleeves, a simple diagonal bar, not the chevron we now expect. They were aurore or gold, again as above, but just above the cuff. Low forward, highest to the back seam. How odd for us.

Right. Long service recognition. Ah, now they are the chevron we would instead now expect for rank, but these are left sleeve only and they are point up. (yes, I know USA use that, but I have never understood when). One for ten years, two for 15-20 and three for 20-25 years. You would have to be pretty dim or illiterate to merit three chevrons still in Aurore and not be worth switching to gold, as an NCO!

It is tricky, but let us say you are a sergeant with more than 25 years service (lucky blighter!) you would look rather elegant with two diagonal gold slashes above both cuffs and three gold chevrons above the elbow of your left sleeve.

Simple…unless we are talking about units that had pointed cuffs of course. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

But in 6mm…..all blue sleeves all the time for all units evil grin

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

But in 6mm you must remember that the gold stripes had a red edging in wool! I had meant to mention that. Aurore…I am not sure.

God wills it Inactive Member06 Aug 2017 3:07 p.m. PST

Thx guys most informative and helpful.

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