Recovering from the horrors of World War I, British Army officer Arthur Hastings hopes to find peace and quiet at a country manor in the English countryside. But when the matriarch dies during the night from strychnine poisoning, Hastings enlists the help of an old friend staying nearby with other war refugees to help solve the murder: former Belgian police detective Hercule Poirot.
Did You Know?
The red-white-blue ribbon worn by Hastings is the 1914 Star; the bronze clasp surmounted indicates the wearer was in actual combat. Additionally, Hastings is referred to as "Lieutenant Hastings" near the beginning of the episode, and the markings on his uniform sleeve correspond with this rank. At some later point, he earned the title of Captain, which is how he is addressed in most episodes. See more
Although the story is set in 1917, Hastings wears the pre-1915 style army uniform. It is possible that he is wearing old stock, but if he received new issue in the hospital, it would be the updated uniform. The difference is the older style had rank markings on the sleeve rather than on the shoulder in the new style. See more
Superintendent, I beg of you to allow me to ask of Mr. Inglethorp just one question.