Re-enlistment in World War One.

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Tabs, Jul 15, 2004.

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  1. My Great grandfather fought in the British army in the Boer War leaving shortly after, and re-enlisted at the beginning of World War One. We are having some problems finding his service record and I was wandering if on re-enlistment he would have received a new number or would have served under his old one?
  2. I recall from some histories I've read, sometimes new numbers were issued
  3. At that time 'Regimental' numbers were issued, not the 'Army' numbers of today. This means that if he re-enlisted into any other unit other than his original one he would have almost certainly been issued a new number.

    New numbers were also issued sometimes if a soldier was transfered to another arm, corps or regiment. My grandfather had one number issued with the artillery, kept that number when transfered to the MG Corps but a new one issued when transfered to the Tank Corps.

    This inconsistancy makes research quite difficult and you can get lots of help at and place a question on the forum there.