Army Numbers

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#1
When was the system of Service Numbers introduced? Who had the first number and was it'1'?
 
#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
 
#7
RitchieRitch69 said:
You need to get out more mate! :D
Nope.nicked it off one other of the threads about army numbers on here :)
 
#9
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.
 
#10
#13
paddy-irishman said:
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.
My NS number was eight digit. Issued in 1953.
 
#15
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.
 
#16
To see how its all changed:

Great Grandfather enlisted 30th Dec 1908 - 9045
Grandfather TA mobilised in 39 served until 1946 - 881105
Father gave the green suit a miss
Me enlisted June 90 - 24901526
Younger bro enlisted 93 25019050

As the saying goes " I asked for your army number not the population of china"
 
#18
With the joys of JPA anyone joining the TA from the Regs after a period of time (2/3 yrs ?) gets a 30 number so we have the extremely weird situation where we have a SSgt with a higher number than his son
 
#19
Bollox to the numbers, BB welcome, and thanks.
 

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