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Here is a photograph of my Great Great Grandfather Albert. I believe he was a medic during the First World War. As I am told he was caught in a gas attack on the front without his mask. He thankfully survived but suffered major breathing/lung problems for the rest of his life. He didnt live very long after the war, most likely due to his medical issues.


I do not know anything about WWI insignia and I am very interested in his rank and I cannot identify anything on his uniform. I hope u guys can help me with this and please contact me with information.

Thanks! :D




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A closer image of the patch would be quite helpful!



In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired




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From what I can make out your photograph is reversed as the insignia on the right arm is actually on the left arm. The photograph has been colorized and you never know if the person colorizing the photograph got the colors right or was just guessing. So the lower point down chevron looks like a single overseas stripe indicating 6 months service overseas. The upper point up chevron looks like a discharge stripe. I'm not an expert on WW1 shoulder sleeve patches but if the colors are right it might be 40th Division. Just a guess but the colors are right unless of course the person colorizing the photograph got it wrong. As for the two ribbons I have no idea as there just isn't enough detail in your scan.

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I'm thinking 2nd Corps


High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941




" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning



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Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw



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