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Old 10th Sep 2020, 17:02
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Service numbers old or recent ?

I have my original brass button stick embossed with the service number 893351 been in my possession for donkeys years (I was a 684*** App starting in 1958 so the numbering predates later entries !) have been trawling through service numbers and as far as can deduce it was/would have been issued to specifically WAAF in 1939 within a block of numbers, now am trying to pin it down further to maybe if a family still exists to pass it on to them, any ideas as to how I get to identify the individual ???, thanx Paul H
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Old 10th Sep 2020, 17:57
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A few years ago I got my Grandfathers Army war record from SPVA, Kentigern House, Glasgow (192****)
If it's older, then maybe National Archives at Kew.


I can usually tell the difference between RAF Swinderby and RAF Halton recruits by service no.

My mate was a AC B******** and was x84246**
I was AC C******* x84247**

So there aren't many AC A******'s in front of us on the first intake at Haton on 9th Nov 1993!
(No1 School of Recruits, not Apprentices)

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Old 10th Sep 2020, 18:26
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Interesting ?, part of my query was that I joined in September 1958 at Halton with a 6 digit number 684***, the number on the button stick which has been in my possession since then (don't we hoard things ?) shows a 6 digit number that cannot possibly be a Halton number due to the sequencing etc, RAF records show that a block of 6 digit numbers were allocated to an intake of WAAF's in 1939 - did WAAF's get inducted at Padgate then ??? just hoping it triggers some memories and info.
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When I joined in 1979, this was something I did not see at RAF Swinderby. Luckily for me, Brass Buttons were no more!
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Old 10th Sep 2020, 19:56
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423****
Oct 1967.
never forget your service number do you
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Old 10th Sep 2020, 20:26
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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.
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Old 10th Sep 2020, 22:01
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For me it was Swinderby June 1976 S812****
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 08:12
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Originally Posted by Arfur Dent View Post
423****
Oct 1967.
never forget your service number do you

Mine was 417****
Sept 1955
Haven't forgoteen mine either.
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In 1980, while languishing in DKMH Catterick, an old gentleman in the ward told me his number only had three digits. From memory he served at Catterick as part of the RFC/RAF during WW1. His wife was also in the same hospital and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary while I was there. Sadly, neither of them ever left the hospital.
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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.
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Halton Sept 1955, 81st Entry, my number 681XXX became V0681XXX in the late sixties.
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Originally Posted by Arfur Dent View Post
423****
Oct 1967.
never forget your service number do you
That looks South Cerney(ish)
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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.

I was assured that it was because the Queen knew us all personally!

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Old 11th Sep 2020, 10:32
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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.
So why have I a series of letters and numbers stuck in my mind from 1965??
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 11:06
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Originally Posted by Arfur Dent View Post
423****
Oct 1967.
never forget your service number do you
Direct Entry Aircrew, then.

Direct Entry GD(G)ATC back then was 433**** ... I know that 'cos I were one!
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 11:57
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My late Father was 568XXX
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Must be some 8141s out there
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Must be some 8141s out there
Plenty! NCA 70s/80s
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 16:59
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423 should be a South Cerney number. 423xxxx Dec '64.

A few months ago I went in for surgery. The anaesthetist knew I was ex-service, and as I was going asked "last three". A bit of a surprise, but I told him, just before I went out. Not been asked that for well over thirty years.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 17:55
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Swinderby Nov 1971 S8098 ***
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