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Renumbering of Service Numbers

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Hilary L
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I have been trying to trace my grandfather's medals. However I have found an article on renumbering service numbers and I wonder if I have been searching under the wrong number. My grandfather had a common name. George Johnson. He joined the KOYLIs (number 421) and then was transferred to the RE - Tunnelling Company (number 82984). I read that in 1917, many soldiers were allocated a new 6 digit number. Can anyone shed any light on this and let me know how you can check. For information, his Medal Roll and Index only contain the first 2 numbers. Many thanks

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Cheshire22

I believe that only Territorial Force units numbers were changed to  a 6 Digit 

 

so, if his unit was not part of the TF, then he won’t have a 6 digit number 

 

J

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chaz

his bwm/vic medal rolls show as 82984 with reference to 421, his 14/15 star only shows 82984

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Hilary L

Many thanks for the information. Very useful. I will continue to search under his existing service number.

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