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QSAs with clasp Elandslaagte 2 years 10 months ago #48611

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In the British Army, prior to 1920, service numbers were given by the particular regiment or corps concerned and not by the war office, when a man took his discharge, the number became available again, or if a man transferred he was simply given another number.
5779 Piper Smith served with the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders and is clearly shown in WO100/203, but, that particular number was in use by a whole host of other men in various regiments throughout the Army during the Anglo Boer War.

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QSAs with clasp Elandslaagte 2 years 10 months ago #48612

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Thank you. I was just curious since DNW lists this medal with a service number of 95779 not 5779. I assumed it is incorrect since I have found that 5779 falls in the 1896 time frame for his enlistment.

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QSAs with clasp Elandslaagte 2 years 10 months ago #48620

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Alby,

You're right. It is a mistake in the cataloguing.

Here's his entry from WO100/203p400



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