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Joseph Frederick Savory, Royal Naval Reserve, multiple records.


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Joseph Frederick Savory, 1891-1972, born, married and died in Great Yarmouth. Served in the Royal Naval Reserve but found 4 separate service record details under service numbers A3997, EX909, C4603 and D4419.

Can any member explain why 4 different numbers? Long service perhaps? Any guidance welcome.

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Each record covers a five-year term of service in the RNR, so its quite commonplace to find that there's more than one record for an RNR rating. A reservist of that perod would have a different service number for each term, so your relative would have re-enlisted three time after his initial service engagement.

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KizmeRD, Thanks for the explanation.

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This is my prediction of his service based on the numbers

First enrolment as seaman around 1911 (service number A 3997) aged around 20.

5 year term would have expired around 1916 but because of the war it was extended for another five years using the same service number.

He re-enrolled for another five years around 1921 (service number C 4603). He missed out on B because of the wartime extension.

He re-enrolled again around 1926 with the service number D 4419.

His final enrolment would be around 1931 with service number EX909. This would give him 25 years service when he left the RNR in 1936.

Are the dates about right?

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Hi Ernest, many thanks for your input. I "think" but cannot prove, your dates sound about right.

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