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Postby colliehouse » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:40 am

I wonder if any of you can answer a question I have please. If a man was in the army, then left and later rejoined into a different regiment, would his army number be the same or would he have a different number?
Thank you, in anticipation
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RE: service numbers

Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:56 am

My father had four army numbers and that's because he was in four regiments during WW1 due to being wounded with his first regiment he got transferred a few times.

So the answer to your question would be he would have a different number. But if you are referring to WW1, all numbers should appear on the medal card.

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Postby colliehouse » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:40 am

Thank you FHA,

I should have thought about the medal card - but didn't.
It would be so much easier if the one number stayed with the person like a national insurance number, but then I suppose it would make looking for information far too easy!
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RE: service numbers

Postby Cathy1969 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:20 pm

Hi, I have found 2 medal record cards for my G Grandfather but they have different regiment numbers. On one he was RGA (TF) regiment number 731 for the Star medal & on the other it's GRA 321587 for the Victory & British medal. He was a gunner.

Is there any way of finding out if his service records survived as I live in Nottinghamshire & I dont want to travel to London if they havent got any records.

His name was George Joseph Willsher born 1894 in Paddington & died 17/04/1931 as a result of WW1 gassing.

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Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:36 pm

You can search the WW1 Service & Pension records (two datbases) on Ancestry but if he has a common name you could get tons of results. However you are more likely to find something if the soldier was wounded or ill, survived, then claimed a pension.

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Postby Cathy1969 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:26 pm

Hi FHA,

I have searched Ancestry, thats where I found the medal records but that is all I found. I know he had left the forces by the time he died as on his son's wedding certificate it has him as deceased & proffesion as a carriage examiner on G.W.R.

The 2 different regiment numbers are they his service numbers?

Thanks
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RE: service numbers

Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:00 am

Hi Cathy,

It's hard to say without seeing the medal card myself. If you tell me his name I'll go and have a squint at it.

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Postby Cathy1969 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:06 am

Hi FHA,

His name is George Joseph Willsher, born 1894 in Paddington.

Thanks
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RE: service numbers

Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:56 am


I can only find one medal card for him on Ancestry and its the 321587 card which doesn't look like an ordinary medal card at all. Where did you find the other medal card - on the National Archives website?

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Postby Cathy1969 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:06 pm

Hi FHA,

Both medal cards I found are on Ancestry, the one you found is for the Victory & BWM. The other his number is 731 & it was for the Star

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