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john w.

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Just a quickie... I have a soldier whose service number is G/14655, Royal Sussex Regt...

What's the G for please?

John

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At last a question I can answer with some confidence.

The G prefix is usually on home county medals for new army men, Middx., Sussex, Queens etc.

Tony

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The G prefix was issue to men who enlisted for three years or Duration of the War; i.e. a wartime enlistment. This included New Army Volunteers, Lord Derby men and conscripts. It applies to all regiments in the Eastern Command (of which Royal Sussex was a part), and indeed a number of others.

From my own experience in researcing Royal Sussex men, I would say your man would have enlisted in 1915, and gone overseas in mid-1916.

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