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Service numbers old or recent ?

Old 11th Sep 2020, 19:11
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 21:15
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423xxxx - South Cerney/AOTS '66
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 21:28
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PMRAFNS Cranwell 1982 520****. Still remembered tot his day, in fact went to the International Bomber Command Memorial in Lincoln the other day and the tour guide an ex-nav asked had anybody served and what wa their number, came straight out without a thought.

As an aside the memorial may close after Christmas due to Covid a=which has depleted their reserves.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 21:52
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Originally Posted by staircase View Post
I remember sitting in the KG5 night club in Berlin circa 1980, watching the floor show with my crew, when a group of 'elderly gentlemen' entered.

One asked me if i was in the services, and I told him to mind his own business - it was Berlin during the cold war after all.

He then asked me if i was ashamed to admit it, and I said no, but it may pay to be discreet given where we were.

He then said that he was military, as were all his companions and showed me his ID. I said that it had no service number on it.

He then said that 'my dear boy, when one hits 2 stars and above, they don't bother with the number!'

I made my excuses and left.
Using the simple example indicated at https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...pplement/10419 announcing the appointment of General Nick Carter 505216 as CDS suggests that the elderly gentleman concerned was pulling your plonker - quite hard !


Originally Posted by John Eacott View Post
Royal Navy officers in the 60s and 70s (& probably earlier) didn’t have ‘service numbers’. We were advised they would only be issued in times of war.
Absolutely correct, since Service Numbers were only considered necessary for Royal Navy and Royal Marine officers following the introduction of computerised pay accounts.

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Old 11th Sep 2020, 22:07
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Jack, glad to know it wasn't because in the 80's we were all oiks lacking Mog's and JE's social connections.
For what little it's worth mine was C0 or CO (never been quite sure) followed by five numbers and a letter.

Computerised pay accounts reminds me of bring told by the relevant pusser shortly after arrival at BRNC, that if I moved my account to N?????t's Dartmouth branch I would be paid a day earlier.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 22:44
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277**** issued Sept. 1955. Not forgotten, despite just celebrating my 86th ( deferred Nat. Svc. )
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 23:11
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No 5200xxx
I was recruited in Salisbury Rhodesia in 1960. Enjoyed a 3000mile steam train ride over 2 or 3 days covered in soot from the steam engine, no air con in those days from Salisbury to Cape Town. Then a lovely cruise over 2 weeks with Pretoria Castle (Union Castle line) to Southampton. Very depressing arrival in Feb 60 to mist, smell of coal smoke, dirty train and bloody cold weather. Very hard for a colonial boy. Joined 147 course at South Cerney and then 35 years of thorough enjoyment in the truckie fleet.
Not many around, I am sure, with the 5 million sequence.

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Old 12th Sep 2020, 00:44
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Royal Navy officers didn’t have ‘service numbers'

Originally Posted by John Eacott View Post
Royal Navy officers in the 60s and 70s (& probably earlier) didn’t have ‘service numbers’. We were advised they would only be issued in times of war.
This was indeed true from at least the 1930s until 1966.
My father was commissioned in 1938, having joined BRNC Dartmouth in 1934 (age 14), and retired from the RN in 1966. His records have his name, no number. When he applied for an Australian War Veteran's Pension - it has some additional benefits to the Age Pension - the folks at Veterans' Affairs in Canberra were quite discombobulated by an ex-serviceman with no Service Number (). This was last year, so I guess it may be that nobody in the office had dealt with an application from a WW2 veteran before!
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 08:33
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Originally Posted by esa-aardvark View Post
My late Father was 568XXX
My late Father a founder member was 178XXX.
Fast forward forty years and I was 519XXXXX, two extra XXs.
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 10:22
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4230*** South Cerney 1960.
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 10:26
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My brief time in the RN, Dartmouth 63-64, I had no number ... but I still have the payslips (£0/15/0 per day) and Tax/NI paperwork.
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 13:31
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5200xxx was the number given to this old codger when starting a University Cadetship in 1968. Long afterwards a letter was added at the end. Jumped ship on 38th birthday to go to Saudi.
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 15:53
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As an aside, there was (is?) the unusual 9xxx numbering for WRAF Graduate Entrants. Obviously not a lot of them!
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 20:27
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352**** in 1956 but I believe that this was reserved for ex-ATC cadets joining the Service. (as was a 4** number for ex-CCF cadets.). Never forgotten, even now !!

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Old 12th Sep 2020, 20:41
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The book "Stand by your beds" by John Hamlin lists National Service numbers.
Yours falls into the batch 2700000-2787999 allocated July 1953 to Feb. 1956. 88,000 in all and all non ATC.
I was 5011609 in the batch May 1956 to an unknown date. ( I went in 1 May 1957 ). A total of 1334 in that batch and all ex-CCF(RAF). Not until I read that book did I have it confirmed that there had been separate numbers for ex cadets - although it had been rumoured.
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 20:41
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I had 2, as a VR Cadet on the UAS I was 26xxxxx, then when I was awarded a cadetship I was changed to a 520xxxx.
IIRC there was the non PC joke about the similarity between RAF Police Dogs and Members of the WRAF, answer 6 digit service numbers!
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 23:17
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That looks South Cerney(ish)
I actually helped with the move from South Cerney to Church Fenton.
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Old 13th Sep 2020, 09:07
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Due to posting, I sadly had to give up my dog for adoption ... so he became 8988 Air Dog "Defa".

He then failed the course due to 'lack of determination' and was re-homed to a family.





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Old 13th Sep 2020, 10:08
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Originally Posted by MPN11 View Post
My brief time in the RN, Dartmouth 63-64, I had no number ... but I still have the payslips (£0/15/0 per day) and Tax/NI paperwork.
Historic paperwork! I still have all/most of my P60's and the first of those from my RN days which showed a service number was for the tax year 1972/73. Never had a reason to remember the number though.
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Old 13th Sep 2020, 10:41
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Thanks for all the amusing posts sadly doesn't get me any closer to who the button stick was originally issued to, never mind onwards & upwards, rgds PH.i
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