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Records of the Silver War Badge

The Silver War Badge was instituted in 1916 and awarded to men who were honourably discharged under certain regulations which are shown below. It was also awarded in retrospect: that is, to men discharged in 1914…


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How to interpret a campaign medal index card

How to interpret a medal index card The medal index cards are not easy to interpret. Here are some tips that will help you make sense of a card you have found. The standard card…


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The British campaign medals for the Great War

Only five types of campaign medal were issued. The British War Medal, 1914-1920 This is the most commonly issued medal. Essentially the requirement was that a member of the fighting forces had to leave his…


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Machine Gun Corps in the First World War

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Machine Gun Corps. “No military pomp attended its birth or decease….


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Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War

The role of the RAMC The RAMC operated the army’s medical units and provided medical detachments for the units of infantry, artillery and other arms. The Corps was assisted in its work by voluntary help…



The British Official Histories of the Great War

This is a list of the original histories. Virtually all have been reprinted, some on many occasions. Some are now also available in paperback versions. The war on land France and Belgium 1914 History of…


The organisation and functions of the War Office

This article is largely a reproduction of ” The War Office List” (London: HMSO, 1932). The old War Office building on Whitehall, London. It housed the directorates and staffs that were so vital to recruitment,…


Chronology of the Great War

In this section of the Long, Long Trail you will find a month-by-month timeline of key military, naval and political events as they affected Great Britain. The entries in the monthly pages are mainly extracted…


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Entente Cordiale: why Britain went to war in 1914

After decades of unbroken prosperity and peace in Europe, and with a very small army in comparison with her neighbours, why did Britain enter into a continental war in 1914? As early as January 1902,…