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Regimental numbers 1 week 2 days ago #65396

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Before 1920 a particular individual soldiers number was given to him by his regiment/corps upon enlistment, the War Office subsequently changed this with Army Order 388 which issued numbers within "blocks" to each regiment/corps across the Army as a whole, a soldier then kept this particular number until his discharge, notwithstanding whatsoever his regiment/corps after any transfer that might have taken place during his service.


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G Olive 1 week 2 days ago #65399

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Thanks anyway. There is a G Olive that comes up on a name search minus a reg. No. That might be a likely avenue of enquiry. Otherwise I'm stuck now. A pro researcher 10 years ago said the papers were destroyed in the Blitz 1940 so No hope there. Western. Ps very glad I came across your Group

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I would tend to be a little circumspect until all avenues have been entered, at the end of the day Olive was a Lance Sergeant actually serving in the Militia, during the Anglo Boer War, you may well be right, notwithstanding, the Militia was not the Army, if he had been seconded on the Battalions permanent staff or had subsequently gone on to serve in the Army, his papers may well have succumbed to the attentions of the wretched Luftwaffe, otherwise a manual search in WO96 would be needed.

Western wrote: Thanks anyway. There is a G Olive that comes up on a name search minus a reg. No. That might be a likely avenue of enquiry. Otherwise I'm stuck now. A pro researcher 10 years ago said the papers were destroyed in the Blitz 1940 so No hope there. Western. Ps very glad I came across your Group

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