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Service Numbers?

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Henry_Tombs, Mar 12, 2008.

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  1. Mrs Tombs is researching the past military members of our families and has come across two and sometimes more numbers on medal lists.
    Was there a regimental number as well as a service number?

  2. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Numbers changed from a Regimental system to an Army system in 1917.
    Load about in onhere if you search.
  3. Up until the end of WW1 soldiers changed regimental numbers on transferring from one regiment to another. By 1920 soldiers were given permanent or 'army' numbers - though until 1940 it was still possible to identify a soldier's regiment by the first three digits of his number.
  4. The change from regimental to service numbers was in 1920 (as stated).

    Also bear in mind that any soldier posted or transferred before that date would be given a new number.

    My Paternal grandfather was Royal Fusiliers from 1910 to 1917 and then RE (Signals) from 1917 to 1922. His younger brother, KIA April 1917, started out in the Middlesex Regiment with one number and was then transferred to 1/12th London Rgt (Rangers). His gravestone bears the later number. Both MIC's show both numbers.
  5. oldbaldy

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  7. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    I wonder who, in the RASC, had the number 1?