The was also founded in September 1947, with enlisted personnel transferring into the new organization with their old Army service numbers while officers were either issued a new number or kept their Army number as well. These numbers were allotted at either battalion or corps level and were not unique. The system enabled one who knew the numbering system to tell from a serial number the component and corps area later Service command and army area from which a man had entered the Federal service, whether he had enlisted, or had been drafted through the Selective Service, and whether he had been a National Guardsman in his home state. Did he belong to any veterans organizations? What's interesting about this extract is that all of these men attested for service on the 17th April 1885 and, before their regimental numbers were issued to them a couple of days later at Bristol, they were organised alphabetically by surname and then issued with their numbers. Army between service years 1912 to 1960 and the U. Yes, see the links listed on the right.
FamilySearch database of World War I draft registration cards. A couple of comments on this blog the other day made me think that I should perhaps just re-state its intent. These records were dating from 1912 to 1963. Search this database of 'The Stars and Stripes' U. I have seen a few instances in those cards where the first name was an initial only. Search by serial number, name, service code, etc. Members of the Interim Army who transferred to the Korean Force were assigned numbers from 905,000.
The key to getting started is to learn your relative's unit. This was either on the rim of the medal or in the case of a star, on the reverse. I completed my work on those men who were enumerated overseas some time ago, and I've recently turned back to the 1911 Census of Ireland to complete my transcription of the British Army soldiers who were stationed there on census night. Military history book dealers, especially specialists in the First World War, are worth a check. I cannot help with the Lewis gun serial Number, but the P.
The regimental numbers I publish on this blog are therefore provided as guidance only. Yes, National Guard unit records are not federal records but are in the custody of state repositories or the Adjutant Generals' offices. Listed below are online collections of specific interest to veterans, their families and researchers. Whether other records survive or ever existed for a soldier depend upon a number of variable factors. The geographical codes matched those of voluntary enlistees and National Guard personnel, and were as follows: 31: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont 32: Delaware, New Jersey, New York 33: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.
The highest service number for the draft force was in the 68 million range; however, since Social Security numbers were being commonly used instead of service numbers, the identity of the soldier who held this number is unknown. When the began in 1950, this service number system was used throughout the conflict and through the remainder of the 1950s. This index contains the names of over 245,000 British soldiers at home and abroad. They usually keep information on the affiliations of members. Special care must be taken that the correct Army serial number is used for the reason that certain records are filed and certain accounts are paid by the Army serial number and not by name. The Army officer number system was determined simply by seniority and entry date into the Army officer corps; between 1921 and 1935, officer numbers ranged from 1 to 19 999. This narrows down where the person enlisted or was drafted.
A subset of this series was reserved solely for those who had enlisted from recruiting stations outside of the 48 contiguous states of the United States. Here is a list of places to check: 1. Australian Regular Army male personnel had five- or six-digit service numbers. He's recorded on the census as 9225 A B of the East Kent Regiment. When we dig a little deeper into the number itself, we can learn a bit about the person. In other words, the information you'll find on this blog provides broad guidance on when and how regimental numbers were issued in the British Army between 1881 and 1918. The Registry of the American Soldier will be on permanent display at the Museum, and accessible via the search below.
Am aware that numbers may have changed with transfers to new Reg't etc. I have also written posts on regimental numbering in the , , , and. Enlisted personnel who were World War I veterans continued to hold their pre-6 million series service numbers. Veterans Cemeteries in the United States. Have you looked for your grandfather in the 1940 census? These men were the last line of defense, and often included many former World War I veterans. See below for advice on searching for the war diaries of units that served elsewhere in the world during the war. Information Information on how to locate U.
Campaign medals were awarded to all soldiers who served in a theatre of conflict overseas. Taking the last men on this list as a case study, here's how you can quickly identify these individuals. Imagine that was your ancestor and you have just learned that bit of information. I encountered several samples i. As far as I am aware, complete runs of regimental numbers and dates of issue do not survive for the majority of regiments. According to Army Regulation 615-30, dated 12 Feb 1942, Corps area commanders are charged with the assignment of Army serial numbers to all enlisted men within their respective areas, including exempted stations and commands, and oversea base commands. Each of these numbers was prefixed with a number indicating the state in which the person enlisted: 1 — Queensland 2 — New South Wales 3 — Victoria 4 — South Australia 5 — Western Australia 6 — Tasmania 7 — Northern Territory 8 — Papua New Guinea The 900,000 series of numbers continued to be used until the army number system was phased out in 2002.
In all probability this number would not be unique and could be repeated in many battalions and regiments throughout the British Army. Thanks to the earlier research I have done on regimental numbers it is very easy to quickly see whether I have the right man. The other four Guards regiments are either still hanging on to their records - just - or have transferred them to the MoD. The relevant references from the Medal Rolls were included on each card. I also completed the publication of my : British soldiers who were captured on or before Christmas Day 1914. The first digit for all service numbers continued to indicate the state of enlistment, using the same prefixes as during the Korean War.