Query regarding Army/Service Number Prefix D/

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by ClankyPencil, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. ClankyPencil

    ClankyPencil Senior Member


    Spotted the above casualty in one of my local cemeteries.

    His Army/Service Number of D/18571 doesn't seem to fall within the usual Army Block Allocations for WW2.

    Seeing as he was 49 when he died, is it likely that 18571 was his Regimental/Army Number from when/if he served in WW1?

    Also what would the 'D' before his service/army number indicate?

    Thanks in Advance

  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi Scott,

    I know that the prefix D was used in WW1 and by the Canadian Army, but neither of these answer your question. :rolleyes: Coincidentally, I placed the photograph you took for me from Philips Park on to my website last night. Further research in the 13th King's war diary, showed that James Upton was accidentally killed by a firearms discharge at Felixstowe.

    Here is the link, the information and photo are the last entry on this section page:



  3. ClankyPencil

    ClankyPencil Senior Member

    Thanks Steve.

    Nice website by the way.


  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Cheers Scott,

    And thanks again for the photo.
  5. Owen

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  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Well done Owen, should have followed your logical thought process:

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  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  8. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    The `D` prefix isn't anything to do with WW1 its a `Home Defence Battalion Prefix`

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  9. ClankyPencil

    ClankyPencil Senior Member

    Thanks All for your answers


  10. bofors

    bofors Senior Member

  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    I came across this website explaining how the Labour Corps moved toward becoming the Pioneers, the first few paragraphs are interesting, especially detailing how the original Corps was broken up. It might contain a clue for the mysterious prefix?

  12. Our bill

    Our bill Well-Known Member

    Steve, I so enjoyed your link, I found the site great reading and I gained more knowledge and it was of interest to me as on my list of things to do is research a great grandad who was supposedly enlisted to the labour corps. Thank you . Elsie
  13. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    I've been tracing a specific entry in the CWGC register for someone who was killed in 1945 with an army number "D/2...."

    I've looked at others on the CWGC database and serving with the same Regiment and they all seem to be buried in Britain so presuming that the "D/" is a "home front" designation.

    I wonder if anyone can help me. I've had a quick search but can't immediately spot another thread that would explain it.

    Thanks in advance,

  14. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Home Defence Battalions there is a similar thread ..but I cannot find it either :(

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  15. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Excellent.. Just wanted to have corroboration..thanks

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