Soldier with multiple army numbers

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  1. A relation of mine, Pte James Murray, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was awarded the Military Medal and he is mentioned in the London Gazette on 19/11/1917.
    Having obtained his medal card it seems he served with four different regiments and different service numbers.
    The list is as follows:
    26629 Pte Murray R.D.F
    426318 Labour Corps
    G/30241 Royal Sussex Regt
    608120 Sapper Royal Engineers.

    Sadly i can't find his service records, possibly the Luftwaffe had something to do with that.
    So my question is simple really, why different army numbers? :?
    Ps. I am in possesion of his Victory medal, his M.M has been lost over the years somehow! :(
  2. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Before the second world war regimental numbers were regimental as opposed to Army or service numbers!
  3. That makes sense, cheers! :eek:
  4. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Thats ok, its an often asked question but I cant be bothered to be a snide sarky git!
  5. bohs man,

    What Battalion of the RDF was your relative. I have an interest in the 2nd RDF "last stand" action at Mousetrap Farm on 24/5/15 and also the 7th, 9th and 2nd RDF actions on the Frezenberg during August 1917. Was he involved in any of these actions?

    Best regards

  6. I believe the 8th bn, but i think these were later amalgamated due to losses. Is the war diary for this regt accessable?
  7. Bohs-man

    Nearly sure their War Diary is at Kew. I have some stuff on the other RDF units I mentioned but not the 8th.


  8. Dear bohs_man
    It looks like we are related! James Murray was also an ancestor of mine and I have been researching his life and times for a couple of years now. There is much to tell, including two medals from the Boer War. I had no idea that some of his medals still survive - wow. It looks like the last listing - sapper in the Royal Engineers is erroneous. I have a military records document from 1964 which lists him through the RDF, LC and then (finally) the RSR. Happy to meet any time to discuss further.
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  9. Thanks a lot Tappet, much appreciated :)
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  10. Will take this to PM mate.
  11. No probs at all, looking forward to hearing from you! :)
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