Belonged to Joseph Chambers Thompson (service number 35651). He was born in Amberley, Canterbury in 1883. He joined the 3rd Battalion of the N.Z. Rifle Brigade in 1916 and served in Western Europe. Discharged in 1919. He died in Wanganui in 1957.
Peter Doyle & Chris Foster in their book What Tommy Took to War note: 'Soldiers who had been wounded were permitted to wear a simple, vertically arranged 2-inch -long strip of gold 'Russian braid' on the left forearm on their uniform tunic; this distinguished the experienced soldier from the raw recruit. Wounded stripes were an innovation of 1916 and followed a suggestion made by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that wounding should be recognised by some distinction. To receive the stripe, each soldier needed to have been listed in the casualty returns as 'wounded' ... Simple in construction, one stripe was worn for each instance of wounding, though not for each wound received. In many cases the Russian braid material originally specified was not hard wearing, and it was replaced by brass versions with backing strips, which could be easily removed for cleaning. ... it is not unusual for contemporary photographs to show soldiers with multiple wounded stripes'.
This stripe has been backed with brass for greater durability. According to his war service record the owner of this stripe, Joseph Chambers Thompson, was wounded in April 1918 in France and took a month to recover.
Te Manawa also holds his identity tags.