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I am researching thr service details of a WW1 soldier. He enlisted in the East Surrey Regt and after being wounded was on returning to active service transferred to another Regt He was given a new service number which was prefixed with the letter G eg G6258

Can any one help me with an explanation for this prefix


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Hi Leonard,

The G prefix is found on some home counties new army men and later. Observed on Royal Sussex Regiment, Middlesex Regiment, East Kent Regiment, Royal West Kent Regiment, Royal Fusiliers and Royal Garrison Artillery.

Source: The Collector and Researchers Guide to the Great War by Howard Williamson.

On transferring to another Regiment he would have been given another number


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The "G" prefix can also be found in the numbers of some members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Not much help, I know, but I think that Andy's list and mine pretty much covers the "G" prefix list.


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Thanks to Andy and Dave for their response re the G prefix query

But as Dave points some numbers had the the prefix but not others, which suggests to me there was a specific unknown reason for its use

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