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Could antbody tell me the significance of an army number


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I am researching Private Arthur Clarke who was a member of the 12th Yorks and Lancs and has the number 12/73. Is this a mistake as it seems a strange number to have?



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A number of Yorkshire regiments have this type of numbering amongst their early service battalion recruits. You've got the 73rd man to join the 12th Battalion - assuming everything was going to plan, that probably means he was 2 Platoon, "A" Company.


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