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Hi

Can any pals tell me the significance of "GS" As a prefix for a Royal Fusiliers service number?

Thanks

Ady

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Hello Ady,

At the risk of being shot down in flames, I'd guess "GS" as a prefix means General Service enlistment.

Here's one for you, have you come across a Walter Corry, 203732 W Yorks and later 235239 Gloucestershire R ? He was a Cleckheaton man, married in 1926. I think the family were connected with the leather trade.

Regards

Ron

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Ron is correct, but GS refers to wartime enlistments. Other RF prefixes are:

L/ - Regular Soldiers

SR/ - Speical Reserve (5, 6, 7 RF)

E/ - Empire (17 RF)

K/ - Kensington (22 RF)

PS/ - Univesity and Public Schools (18-21 RF)

SPTS/ - Sportsmen's (23, 24 RF)

STK/ - Stockbrokers (10 RF)

J/ - Jewish (38-42 RF)

Charles M

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Ron,

From the numbers it looks as if Walter Corry was in 5th West Yorks, then 5th Gloucesters. Of course, this could have been 1/5th, 2/5th or even 3/5th in either case!

Ron C

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Hello Ron C,

Thanks for the information regarding Walter Corry (5th West Yorks, then 5th Gloucesters). Hoping someone might be aware of a large transfer of men from the 5 West Yorks to the Glosters. Thanks again for your help, much appreciated.

Regards

Ron

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