Roll call

 

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.

 

1908
ENLISTMENT DATE
NUMBER
July 6
1-179
August 7
193
October 5
218
October 12
223
November 6
233
November 10
235
November 23
244

 

1909
January 2
261
January 16
266
February 23
294
March 2
298
March 5
303-307
March 12
316
March 19
333
April 8
353
April 14
357
June 16
381
October 12
408
October 30
427
November 11
402
November 12
418
December 8
429

 

1910
January 10
438
January 14
437
January 17
456-457
January 19
440
January 28
445
February 26
470
March 3
472
March 11
485
April 8
506
May 11
513
August 16
524
August 20
530
September 16
540
September 19
542
September 29
544
November 29
553
December 10
561
December 14
558
December 23
566-67

 

1911
January 17
568
January 25
565
February 8
584-585
February 11
575
February 18
579-581
February 24
590-591
March 6
587
April 24
603
June 5
617
August 11
624
October 2
620
October 26
625
November 10
633
November 14
635
November 16
637
November 29
628
December 28
650

 

1912
January 3
651
January 18
654
January 24
669
January 26
658
January 28
659
February 16
670-673
February 23
675
March 13
696
March 19
684
March 28
694
April 30
703-706
June 28
710
July 29
721
July 30
722
August 19
731
September 7
733
September 19
734
October 19
749
October 21
743
October 23
741
October 25
744
October 29
746
November 16
758
December 2
764
December 12
767
December 16
769
December 20
771
December 21
772

 

1913
January 10
778
January 13
780
January 14
787
January 18
783
January 22
789
February 1
788
February 5
814
February 26
805
March 8
806
March 13
819
March 14
807
March 19
808
April 2
823
April 5
827
April 5
829
April 7
828
April 8
831
April 21
842
April 24
838-843
April 26
846-847
April 30
844
May 20
854
July 23
857
August 4
859
August 11
862
August 25
863
October 17
868
October 20
876-877
October 23
870
December 12
882
December 22
883-885

 

1914
January 12
887
January 26
889
January 30
893-895
February 9
896
February 12
899
February 19
913
February 20
906-908
February 24
909-910
February 26
914
March 3
915
March 4
917
March 10
927
March 14
930
March 31
934
April 3
935
April 6
936
May 14
944
May 29
948
June 1
949
June 12
952
July 25
956
August 8
960
August 8
971
August 9
964
August 9
975
August 10
965
August 10
973
August 10
976-977
August 10
985-988
August 10
994
August 12
992
August 13
996-1005
August 14
993
August 17
1007-1008
August 17
1016
August 18
1010
August 20
1015
August 20
1019-1023
August 21
1024
August 24
1027-1029
August 25
1031-1040
August 27
1041-1043
August 28
1047-1048
August 31
1052-1066
August 31
1093
September 1
1067-1079
September 1
1095-1096
September 2
1081
September 2
1097-1099
September 3
1089-1091
September 3
1113
September 3
1121-1126
September 4
1102
September 4
1106
September 4
1129-1132
September 5
1110-1111
September 5
1153
September 7
1134-1147
September 7
1156
September 8
1159-1172
September 8
1198
September 9
1183-1188
September 9
1193
September 10
1195-1197
September 10
1199-1203
September 10
1208
September 11
1204
September 13
1216-1217
September 14
1210-1211
September 26
1220
September 30
1221
October 1
1224-1249
October 2
1250-1257
October 3
1251
October 3
1259
October 3
1270
October 5
1262-1269
October 5
1271
October 6
1273-1274
October 7
1282-1286
October 8
1290-1295
October 9
1297
October 10
1300-1302
October 12
1303
October 13
1305-1309
October 14
1310
October 16
1318
October 19
1319-1322
October 20
1326
October 22
1329
October 23
1330
October 26
1332-1338
November 1
1340
November 5
1341
November 13
1350
November 16
1347-1349
December 11
1352
December 30
1364-1369
December 30
1388

 

1915
January 1
1371
January 2
1372
January 4
1373-1375
January 5
1382
January 5
1389
January 11
1393-1396
January 14
1400-1403
January 19
1408
January 20
1411-1415
January 21
1416
January 25
1418
January 26
1423-1425
January 27
1430
January 29
1432
February 1
1435
February 3
1437
February 4
1446
February 8
1443-1445
February 16
1448
February 18
1450
February 19
1452
February 25
1454-1455
March 1
1457-1459
March 1
1462
March 3
1460-1461
March 11
1466
March 19
1467
April 2
1470
April 7
1474-1475
April 8
1476-1479
April 15
1482
April 19
1488
April 20
1490
April 21
1493
April 26
1495
April 28
1498
April 29
1501
May 1
1507
May 3
1510-1514
May 5
1516
May 8
1519
May 10
1520-1525
May 12
1527-1540
May 13
1542
May 19
1555
May 22
1563-1568
May 24
1581-1597
May 25
1602-1618
May 26
1625-1630
May 27
1631
May 28
1634-1635
May 29
1667
May 29
1689
May 31
1644
June 1
1649
June 2
1651-1659
June 4
1664-1668
June 6
1702
June 16
1691
June 16
1711
July 23
1712
August 7
1715
August 20
1721
August 28
1719
September 20
1726
September 21
1729
September 23
1730
September 27
1731-1733
September 29
1734
October 5
1736
October 6
1737
October 8
1742
October 19
1749-1752
October 28
1759
November 1
1761
November 1
1771
November 3
1791
November 4
1785-1787
November 6
1796-1799
November 6
1807
November 8
1796-1806
November 8
1808-1821
November 9
1832
November 10
1839
November 11
1842-1850
November 13
1857
November 13
1876
November 13
1882
November 15
1870-1884
November 16
1890-1896
November 17
1947-1962
November 18
1913-1914
November 18
1963
November 19
1924-1926
November 20
1934
November 22
1951
November 23
1944
November 23
1952-1955
November 23
2011
November 24
1964
November 25
1967-1968
November 25
1976
November 25
1998
November 26
2002
November 27
1986
November 29
1988
November 29
1990
November 30
1996
December 2
2007
December 2
2027
December 6
2018-2020
December 7
2032
December 8
2028
December 11
2034
December 11
2041
December 11
2166
December 13
2037
December 16
2043
December 17
2046
December 31
2050

 

1916
January 1
2061
January 3
2054
January 4
2055-2056
January 5
2057
January 5
2066
January 6
2064
January 14
2079
January 18
2083
January 26
2089
January 28
2093
January 29
2095
January 29
2104
February 5
2103
February 7
2105
February 11
2112
February 16
2164
February 23
2122
February 25
2123
March 1
2117-2118
March 14
2128
March 15
2129-2130
March 16
2134
March 22
2132
April 3
2139-2142
April 10
2143-2146
April 19
2152-2153
April 20
2154
April 27
2159
May 6
2163
May 17
2173
May 18
2172
May 27
2182
May 29
2188
June 6
2189
June 7
2190-2191
June 28
2207
July 29
2223
July 30
2226
August 19
2240
August 21
2237
August 22
2244
August 28
2251
August 29
2253-2254
August 31
2257
September 2
2261
September 19
2278
September 30
2283
October 5
2285
October 7
2287
October 10
2290
October 17
2293
November 1
2301
November 20
2310
November 23
2314
December 7
2321
December 12
2323
December 13
2329-2331
December 14
2332
December 27
2337

 

1917
January 4
2345
January 29
2356
March 4
2538
April 20
2587
April 27
2433
May 3
2439
May 5
2440
May 16
2461
May 18
2501
May 29
2465
May 29
2568
June 1
2463
June 6
2473
June 23
2492
June 26
2564
June 27
2509
July 2
2574
July 3
2601
July 30
2638
August 1
2639
August 16
2659
August 17
2664
September 6
2675
September 11
2680
September 12
2684
September 24
2691
November 14
2738
December 10
2755
December 15
2759

 

1918
January 8
72018
April 2
72055
April 12
72066
April 23
72084
May 8
72092
June 3
72106
July 1
72116
July 30
72124
August 31
72143
September 12
81210-65
September 14
72149
September 27
72169
October 3
72174
October 11
72209
October 17
74177