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6 months 1 week ago - 6 months 1 week ago #48611 by Frank Kelley
In the British Army, prior to 1920, service numbers were given by the particular regiment or corps concerned and not by the war office, when a man took his discharge, the number became available again, or if a man transferred he was simply given another number.
5779 Piper Smith served with the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders and is clearly shown in WO100/203, but, that particular number was in use by a whole host of other men in various regiments throughout the Army during the Anglo Boer War.

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6 months 1 week ago #48612 by alby502
Thank you. I was just curious since DNW lists this medal with a service number of 95779 not 5779. I assumed it is incorrect since I have found that 5779 falls in the 1896 time frame for his enlistment.

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6 months 1 week ago #48620 by djb
Alby,

You're right. It is a mistake in the cataloguing.

Here's his entry from WO100/203p400



Kind regards
David

David Biggins
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6 months 1 week ago #48630 by alby502
Thank you and I am happy to see that I am learning something!!!

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6 months 1 week ago #48632 by djb
Yes, it was well spotted :)

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