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How to identify which RE company if MIC gives no Info


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Hi. How can I identify which RE company someone served in if the MIC dies not give any ifo. Thanks

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Hi. Thanks for the reply. It was a general issue rather than one related to a specific individual

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His service record if it is available. If he has a prefix to his number it might indicate what he was employed as.

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Thanks Johnboy. Is there a list of these prefixes anywhere please?

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Go to Long Long Trail, top left of this page. You will find info on what RE did and if you put ' prefixes' in search box you should get a list of prefixes used by the army.

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Brilliant. Thanks

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shetland

The only prefix for RE troops were for those classified as Transportation Troops. The WR prefix covered railway personnel, Inland Water Transport, to which Docks were later added, Road Construction troops and Quarrying troops. The WR prefix was introduced in March 1918. In any event this will not indicate immediately a specific company, just the branch of Transportation Troops. , but see below.

A man's number may help identify a unit, for instance the Territorial Force was renumbered in early 1917 and block numbers issued to the Field Companies, but there are many anomalies. Field Companies and Army Troops Companies formed for the New Armies more often than not also were issued with numbers en-bloc.. Some railway construction units can also be traced this way.

All this though requires checking runs of numbers against service records for confirmation, assuming they still exist of course, and this can be a long and often frustrating process but might sometimes produce results if you have the time and doggedness to pursue it.

TR

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