At the height of the March Offensive, as the 7th Battalion fought desperately to fend off the enemy around Albert, an order was received that men could now wear chevrons on the lower right sleeve to signify their length of service.
For those who have been ‘Out since Mons’ a red chevron was worn for service in 1914, followed by a blue chevron for each year of service overseas thereafter.
They were not however free as Signaller Sydney Fuller notes in his diary: “Got some new clothing from stores, and “put up” three blue chevrons. These cost 5d. Each.” Fuller who had joined up in 1914, arrived in France in 1915 with the 8th Battalion, thus earning three chevrons.
Welcome to our online 'blog' charting the history of the many Battalions of the Suffolk Regiment and the part they played in the Great War.
Starting back in March 2014, we have recorded the events of 100 years ago on the centenary of their happening.
Keep checking back to see how the Great War is progressing for the men of the Suffolk Regiment.