Help needed with Great War service numbers

#1
I'm researching my great grandfather's war service and have reached a stumbling block. Does anyone know why there are different letter prefixes for service numbers. For example his number is T-14558, but have found others with the letters M2, TS, DM2. Is there any relavance to these letters? Any help much appreciated. Thanks, Pike.
 
#2
During WW2 members of the RASC had either a T or S prefix, denoting transport or supply, not sure if it was the same during WW1, but it looks likely.
 
#3
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It sounds like WW1 Army Ordanance corps prefixe it could also be a territorial force prefix, if it is T1-number T2-number T3-number orT4-number it is an Army Service Corps horse transport prefix ie drivers, wheel wrights, farriers and blacksmiths etc
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#4
The prefixes are:

Covered in detail at http://www.britishmedalforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=403

A - ASC (Old Special Reserve).

A - KRRC (Early wartime recruits).

A - RSF, Cameronians & AOC.

B - 26/RF (City of London Bankers).

B - KRRC, Rifle Brigade & Cameronians.

C - KRRC (16th Battalion onwards).

C - 1/R Munster Fus. (Garrison Bn.), Middx. Regt. & Rifle Brigade.

CHT - Corps of Horse Transport - ASC.

CMT - Corps of Motor Transport - ASC.

D - Dragoons & Dragoon Guards.

DG - Dragoon Guards.

DM - Driver MT - ASC.

E - 17/RF (Empire Battalion).

F - 17 & 23/Middx. Regt. (Football Battalions).

G - 1, 2 & 3/RIF (Garrison Battalions).

G - Prefix found on various Home Counties regiments (Service Battalions).

GS - See above.

GS - Cavalry regiments (War service only).

GS - General Service.

H - Hussars.

J - 38, 39 & 40/RF (Jewish Battalions).

K - Royal Lancaster Regt. (The King's Own) & Cambridgeshire Regt.

L - Lancers.

L - Prefix found on various Home Counties regiments (Regulars).

L - 3/SWB.

M1 - MT Section - ASC.

M2 - Electricians - ASC.

MS - Mechanical Specials (trade) - ASC.

MT - Mechanical Transport (trade) - ASC.

N - RAMC.

O - Rifle Brigade.

P - Military Police.

P - Dragoon Guards.

PS - 18, 19, 20 & 21/RF and 16/Middx. Regt. (Public School Battalions).

PW - 18, 19 & 26/Middx. Regt. (Public Works Battalions - later Labour Corps).

R - Remount Section - ASC.

R - KRRC (later recruits up to 16th Bn.), also Manchester Regiment.

RX - Remount Section - ASC.

S - Supply - ASC.

S - Highland Regiments (wartime enlistments).

S - Home counties regiments (3rd [Militia] Battalions).

S - Rifle Brigade, Dorset Regt., R Munster Fus., AOC, RA & RAMC.

SB - 10/RF (City of London Stockbrokers Battalion).

SD - 11, 12 & 13/R Sussex Regt. (South Downs Battalions).

SE - Army Veterinary Corps (Special Enlistment for duration).

SPTS - 23 & 24/RF (Sportsmans' Battalions).

SS - Supply Special (trade) - ASC

STK - 10/RF (City of London Stockbrokers Battalion).

T1, T2, T3 & T4 - Horse Transport - ASC.

T - Army Ordnance Corps.

T - Territorial Force.

TF - Territorial Force.

TR - Training Reserve - ASC.

TS - Transport Specials (trade) - ASC.

TSR - Transport Special Reserve - ASC.

W - 13/Cheshire Regt. (Wirral).

W - 38th (Welsh) Divn. Royal Artillery.

WR - Royal Engineers (Waterways & Railways).

Y - KRRC (early wartime enlistments).

Z - Rifle Brigade.


The list from the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve:-

AA Anti-Aircraft
B or BZ Bristol Division
C or CZ Clyde Division
E Birmingham Electrical Volunteers
KP, KW, KX Crystal Palace (entered from Kitchener's Army)
L or LZ London Division
M or MZ Mersey Division
MB Motor Boat Reserve
MC Mine Clearance Service
R Royal Naval Division
PZ Crystal Palace (entered from civil life or from the RN)
S or SZ Sussex Division
SWS Shore Wireless Service
T or TZ Tyne Division
WZ Wales Division

Regular service from 1908 to 1923

J 1 - J 110000 Seamen and Communication ratings
M 1 - M 38000 Engine Room Artificers
K 1 - K 63500 Stokers
M 1 - M 38000 Artisans and Miscellaneous
M 1 - M 38000 Sick Berth Staff and Ship's Police
L 1 - L 15000 Officer's Stewards, Officer's Cooks and Boy Stewards
 
#5
Thanks everyone, especially Ventress for such comprehensive knowledge.
 

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