Army Numbers

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  1. When was the system of Service Numbers introduced? Who had the first number and was it'1'?
     
  2. Have always being strangley intrested in knowing the answer to this aswell.
     
  3. The DCLI started a new numbering sequence on the 1st March, 1919, with a zero prefix to one-, two-, three-, and four-digit numbers (e.g. the first number recorded is 08; the next number after 0999 was 01000; the last number recorded is 02491). These numbers applied to new recruits, and transferees only.


    From 1919 to 1920

    Regimental Number Date of issue
    08 to 02491 between 1/3/1919 and 1920

    This sequence was made obsolete by the introduction of Army Numbers in 1920, when numbers in the range 5429001 to 5485000 were allocated to the DCLI; these were applied retrospectively and to new recruits. This number stayed with the soldier throughout his career, regardless of any transfers between units.


    From 1920 to c. 19483

    Army Number Date of issue
    5429001 to 54850000 between 1920 and c. 1948

    By 1950, the Army had finally done away with numbers specific to units, and introduced a single sequence for all new recruits, (to both Regular and Territorial Army), commencing with 22000000. Again, this number stuck with the soldier throughout his time in the Army, and did not change on transferring between units. Fuller details are contained in Pallas and Day (op. cit.).


    From c. 1948 to date

    Army Number Date of issue
    22000000 to 22199408 before October, 1950
    22199409 to 23188252 before October, 1955
    23188253 to 23845071 before October, 1960
    23845072 to 24057159 before April, 1965
    24057160 to 24182226 before April, 1969
    24182227 to 24369281 before September, 1975
    24369282 to 24589195 before September, 1980
    24589196 to 24753060 before end 1985
    24753061 to ???????? still being issued


    Posted also in another thread on this subject.
     
  4. Army Number Date of issue
    22000000 to 22199408 before October, 1950
    22199409 to 23188252 before October, 1955
    23188253 to 23845071 before October, 1960
    23845072 to 24057159 before April, 1965
    24057160 to 24182226 before April, 1969
    24182227 to 24369281 before September, 1975
    24369282 to 24589195 before September, 1980
    24589196 to 24753060 before end 1985
    24753061 to ???????? still being issued
     
  5. You need to get out more mate! :D
     
  6. Nope.nicked it off one other of the threads about army numbers on here :)
     
  7. Ahh, I'll let thee off then.
     
  8. Soldiers in the British Army are given an eight digit number, e.g 25161970. Before the end of peacetime National Service in 1960, servicemen were issued a seven digit number, e.g. 2715158. National Servicemen who voluntarily remained in the Armed Forces after this time continued to use their National Service numbers.

    Got that from Wikipedia, will post anything else up when I come across it.
     
  9. During WWI there were actually a few soldiers with the regimental number of 1. There's even a thread on ARRSE somewhere about a medal someone had found where the soldier's number was '1'.

    I'll do a search and see if I can find it.

    Edit: Found it!

    http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=34227/highlight=regimental.html

    T_T

    Edited to add link.
     
  10. My WW2 number was eight digit and began with '144' denoting a volunteer.
     
  11. You weren't one of those gross soldier were you BB.
     
  12. My NS number was eight digit. Issued in 1953.
     
  13. Why are there two threads running on 'Army Numbers' at the same time? is there a difference?
     
  14. Have you seen the little cherubs coming through now? Their numbers now start with 3. Women no longer have a W or Q at the start and anyone commissioning from the ranks keeps their original service number. It's a JPA database thing apparently.