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Regimental numbers and enlistment dates


All men (not officers) in the British Army were assigned a Regimental Number on enlistment. These numbers were linked to the unit in which they served. The North Irish Horse numbering commenced with the formation of that unit in 1908, Squadron Sergeant Major William Moore having the honour to receive Number 1. By the outbreak of the war, the number enlisted had reached more than 950, although by then the great majority were no longer with the North Irish Horse.

When a man moved to a new unit, he was usually given a new number. Thus, the men of the 2nd Regiment North Irish Horse received new numbers (between 41071 and 41645) when they were absorbed into the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in September and October of 1917.

In late 1917 a new numbering system was introduced for British cavalry units, with all men still serving in the North Irish Horse (essentialy those in the 1st Regiment) allocated 'Corps of Hussars' numbers commencing at 71000. As this new numbering followed the original order of enlistment, SSM William Moore received Number 71000.

Regimental Numbers are sometimes shown with a letter prefix. Corps of Hussars numbers, for example, may appear with an 'H' prefix, and in the case of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron), the prefix was 'UD' - Ulster Dragoons.

A Regimental Number can provide important clues as to the date on which a serviceman enlisted (most enlistment dates were lost with the destruction of the majority of service records in a bombing raid on London in September 1940). Where records still exist, they can give a range of possible enlistment dates for the others. The table below shows these for the North Irish Horse. It is drawn from surviving service records, medal index cards (some of which show enlistment dates) and date of discharge where the man was 'time expired'. Occasionally the numbers appear to have been issued 'out of order'. This can be explained by occasional paperwork delays between initial enlistment (attestation) and clearance by the approving officer.

 

Enlistment date
Number
Enlistment date
Number
Enlistment date
Number
Enlistment date
Number
1908
1914
1915
1916
July 6
1-179
January 12
887
January 1
1371
January 1
2061
August 7
193
January 26
889
January 2
1372
January 3
2054
October 5
218
January 30
893-895
January 4
1373-1375
January 4
2055-2056
October 12
223
February 9
896
January 5
1382
January 5
2057
November 6
233
February 12
899
January 5
1389
January 5
2066
November 10
235
February 19
913
January 11
1393-1396
January 6
2064
November 23
244
February 20
906-908
January 14
1400
January 14
2079
1909
February 24
909-910
January 19
1408
January 18
2083
January 2
261
March 3
915
January 20
1411
January 26
2089
January 16
266
March 4
917
January 21
1416
January 28 2093
February 23
294
March 14
930
January 25
1418
January 29
2095
March 2
298
March 31
934
January 26
1423-1425
February 5
2103
March 5
303-307
April 3
935
January 27
1430
February 7
2105
March 12
316
April 6
936
January 29
1432
February 11
2112
March 19
333
May 14
944
February 1
1435
February 16
2164
April 8
353
May 29
948
February 3
1437
February 23
2122
April 14
357
June 1
949
February 4
1446
February 25
2123
June 16
381
June 12
952
February 8
1443-1445
March 1 2117
October 12
408
July 25
956
February 16
1448
March 14 2128
October 30
427
August 8
960
February 18
1450
March 15
2129-2130
November 11
402
August 8
971
February 19
1452
March 16
2134
November 12
418
August 9
964
February 25
1454-1455
March 22
2132
December 8
429
August 9
975
March 1
1457-1459
April 3
2139-2142
1910
August 10
965
March 1
1462
April 10
2143-2146
January 10
438
August 10
973
March 3
1460
April 19
2152-2153
January 14
437
August 10
976-977
March 11
1466
April 20
2154
January 17
456-457
August 10
985-988
March 19
1467
April 27
2159
January 19
440
August 10
994
April 2
1470
May 6
2163
January 28
445
August 12
992
April 7
1474-1475
May 17
2173
February 26
470
August 13
996-1005
April 8
1476-1479
May 18
2172
March 3
472
August 14
993
April 19
1488
May 27
2182
March 11
485
August 17
1008
April 20
1490
May 29
2188
April 8
506
August 17
1016
April 21
1493
June 6
2189
May 11
513
August 18
1010
April 26
1495
June 28
2207
August 16
524
August 20
1015
April 28
1498
July 29
2223
August 20
530
August 20
1019-1023
April 29
1501
July 30
2226
September 16
540
August 21
1024
May 1
1507
August 19
2240
September 19
542
August 24
1027-1029
May 3
1510-1514
August 21
2237
September 29
544
August 25
1031-1040
May 5
1516
August 22
2244
November 29
553
August 27
1041-1043
May 8
1519
August 28
2251
December 10
561
August 28
1047-1048
May 10
1520-1525
August 29
2253-2254
December 14
558
August 31
1052-1066
May 12
1527-1540
August 31
2257
December 23
566-67
August 31
1093
May 13
1542
September 2
2261
1911
September 1
1067-1079
May 19
1555
September 19
2278
January 17
568
September 1
1095-1096
May 22
1563-1568
September 30
2283
January 25
565
September 2
1081
May 24
1581-1597
October 5
2285
February 8
584-585
September 2
1097-1099
May 25
1602-1618
October 7
2287
February 11
575
September 3
1089-1091
May 26
1625-1630
October 10
2290
February 18
579-581
September 3
1113
May 27
1631
October 17
2293
February 24
590-591
September 3
1121-1126
May 28
1634-1635
November 1
2301
March 6
587
September 4
1106
May 29
1667
November 20
2310
April 24
603
September 4
1129-1132
May 29
1689
November 23
2314
June 5
617
September 5
1110-1111
May 31
1644
December 7
2321
August 11
624
September 5
1153
June 1
1649
December 12
2323
October 2
620
September 7
1137-1147
June 2
1651-1659
December 13
2329-2331
October 26
625
September 7
1156
June 4
1664-1668
December 14
2332
November 10
633
September 8
1159-1172
June 6
1702
December 27
2337
November 14
635
September 8
1198
June 16
1691
1917
November 16
637
September 9
1183-1188
June 16
1711
January 4
2345
November 29
628
September 10
1195-1197
July 23
1712
January 29
2356
December 28
650
September 10
1199-1203
August 7
1715
March 4
2538
1912
September 10
1208
August 20
1721
April 20
2587
January 3
651
September 11
1204
August 28
1719
April 27
2433
January 18
654
September 13
1216-1217
September 20
1726
May 3
2439
January 24
669
September 14
1210-1211
September 21
1729
May 5
2440
January 26
658
September 26
1220
September 23
1730
May 16
2461
January 28
659
September 30
1221
September 27
1731-1733
May 18
2501
February 16
670-673
October 1
1224-1249
September 29
1734
May 29
2465
February 23
675
October 2
1250-1256
October 5
1736
May 29
2568
March 13
696
October 3
1251
October 6
1737
June 1
2463
March 19
684
October 3
1259
October 8
1742
June 6
2473
March 28
694
October 3
1270
October 19
1749-1752
June 23
2492
April 30
703-706
October 5
1262-1269
October 28
1759
June 26
2564
June 28
710
October 5
1271
November 1
1761
June 27
2509
July 29
721
October 6
1273-1274
November 1
1771
July 2
2574
July 30
722
October 7
1282-1286
November 3
1791
July 3
2601
August 19
731
October 8
1290-1295
November 4
1785-1787
July 30
2638
September 7
733
October 9
1297
November 6
1796-1799
August 1
2639
September 19 734 October 10
1300-1302
November 6
1807
August 16
2659
October 19
749
October 12
1303
November 8
1796-1806
August 17
2664
October 21
743
October 13
1305-1309
November 8
1808-1821
September 6
2675
October 23
741
October 14
1310
November 9
1832
September 11
2680
October 25
744
October 16
1318
November 10
1839
September 12
2684
October 29
746
October 19
1319-1322
November 11
1842-1850
September 24
2691
November 16
758
October 20
1326
November 13
1857
November 14
2738
December 2
764
October 22
1329
November 13
1882
December 10
2755
December 16
769
October 26
1332-1338
November 15
1870-1884
December 15
2759
December 20
771
November 1
1340
November 16
1890-1896
1918
December 21
772
November 13
1350
November 17
1947-1962
January 8
72018
1913
November 16
1347-1349
November 18
1913-1914
April 2
72055
January 10
778
December 11
1352
November 18
1963
April 12
72066
January 13
780
December 30
1364-1369
November 19
1924-1926
April 23
72084
January 14
787
December 30
1388
November 20
1934
May 8
72092
January 18
783
 
November 22
1951
June 3
72106
January 22
789
 
November 23
1944
July 1
72116
February 1
788
 
November 23
1952-1955
July 30
72124
February 5
814
 
November 23
2011
August 31
72143
February 26
805
 
November 24
1964
September 12
81210-65
March 8
806
 
November 25
1967-1968
September 14
72149
March 13
819
 
November 25
1976
September 27
72169
March 19
808
 
November 25
1998
October 3
72174
April 2
823
 
November 26
2002
October 11
72209
April 5
827
 
November 27
1986
October 17
74177
April 5
829
 
November 29
1988
 
April 7
828
 
November 29
1990
 
April 8
831
 
November 30
1996
 
April 21
842
 
December 2
2007
 
April 24
838-843
 
December 2
2027
 
April 26
846-847
 
December 6
2018-2020
 
April 30
844
 
December 7
2032
 
May 20
854
 
December 8
2028
 
July 23
857
 
December 11
2034
 
August 4
859
 
December 11
2041
 
August 11
862
 
December 11
2166
 
August 25
863
 
December 13
2037
 
October 17
868
 
December 16
2043
 
October 20
876-877
 
December 17
2046
 
October 23
870
 
December 31
2050
 
December 12
882
 
 
 
December 22
883-885