Grenadier Guards service numbers

Discussion in 'The Brigade of Guards' started by GnrGnr, Sep 11, 2019 at 7:48 PM.

  1. GnrGnr

    GnrGnr Well-Known Member

    I am aware of the number block in which the Grenadiers' service numbers fall and have seen the unofficial nominal rolls on the forum.

    An acquaintance has referred to his father having been evacuated with the Grenadier Guards from Dunkirk (I know all 3 battalions were there) and is pondering applying for his record. However, he has the service number 3526717 which is in the Manchester's block.

    I am asking him to re-check. Would it be correct to say that, if the number is correct, then his father must have started life with the Manchesters and then gone up the world to the Grenadiers Guards?

    Max
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Max

    To answer your question -
    When applying for service records you do not need a service number - if he applies he will need a death certificate which does 2 things, provides a date of birth [to correlate to his file] and a death of death,obviously, but this allows them to ascertain what information can be released
    Request records of deceased service personnel

    * SERVICE NUMBER AND/OR DATE OF BIRTH MUST BE INCLUDED

    TD
     
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Max just get him to apply for the records regardless no service number required

    regards
    Clive
     
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  4. GnrGnr

    GnrGnr Well-Known Member

    Thanks chaps - done that, the man's aim was to get straight from battalion to war diary if possible and I wanted to be on solid ground when telling him he will have to apply.

    Max
     
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  5. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    Going back to your original query.

    It’s not unusual for pre war Guardsmen to have a non “Guards” number.

    The most common explanation is previous service in a TA Battalion of a line Regiment (or Corps).

    Steve
     

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