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Army Regiments

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Deborah Report 27 Feb 2013 17:09

I am after some help army regiments. On my great grangfathers death certificate it states he was ex army. This has come as a complete surprise because on all census records it states he was coalminer. For someone living in Sheffield Yorkshire, what regiment woulkd they have been attatched to?
Thank you in advance for any help


ErikaH Report 27 Feb 2013 17:17

Could have been absolutely any of them

Location is only very occasionally a factor in which regiment/corps a man joins

When did he marry?

When were his children born?

If any child was born while he was a serving soldier, there is a chance that the army number may be on the birth cert

If he would have been of an age to serve in WW1, put his details on here, and someone with an Ancestry sub may take look to see if anything can be found.

But bear in mind that over 70% of WW1 records did not survive enemy action during WW2


Deborah Report 27 Feb 2013 17:37

Hi reggie, thanks for the reply
My great grandfather was born in 1896, he married in 1917 and my grandfather was born in 1919.
There has been no army numbers anywhere on my grandfathers birth certificate. It just says fathers occupation as coal miner hewer ex army. So somewhere between the 1911 census and my grandfather being born he has had a stint in the army.


Alemap Report 27 Feb 2013 18:45

I think a large portion of the male population had a stint in the army between 1911 and 1919.

If you would like to give the name of your great grandparents and any other information you have, dates, places, etc..

There is a chance someone maybe able to help.


GlitterBaby Report 27 Feb 2013 18:47

Without a name no one can help with this


Deborah Report 27 Feb 2013 21:48

His name was Harold Brindley
Born 1896 in Sheffield Yorkshire.


GlitterBaby Report 27 Feb 2013 22:29

British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
Name: Harold Brindley
Regimental Number: 13684
Number of images: 4

This one married Emily Johnson
Marriages Dec 1905 (>99%)

BRINDLEY Harold Birmingham 6d 37
HUMPHRIES Ellen Birmingham 6d 37
JOHNSON Emily Birmingham 6d 37
WALTON Harry Richards Birmingham 6d 37

British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Name: Harold Brindley
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Age at enlistment: 20
Residence: 19 Camp Bakery, Kimmel Park
Document Year: 1915
Regiment Name: Home Sed Army Service
Number of images: 5

This one married Jessie Powell

Marriages Sep 1918 (>99%)

Brindley Harold Powell York 9d 109
Clapham Benjamin Precious York 9d 109
Powell Jessie D Brindley York 9d 109
Precious Mary Clapham York 9d 109

Lucky if you find any records for the person you are looking for


Porkie_Pie Report 27 Feb 2013 22:37

Do you have his marriage cert ? If he married whilst in the army then his regiment or regimental number may be on the cert

is this his marriage

Marriages Jun 1917 (>99%)
Brindley Harold Hewitt Sheffield 9c 863

spouse is Florence Hewitt



GlitterBaby Report 27 Feb 2013 22:40

UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920

Name: Harold Brindley
Discharge Unit: 3 N. Staffs
Regiment Number: 16505
Rank: Pte
Badge Number: 353479
Unit: Infantry (Lichfield)
Piece: 3054
List Number: FA 0001-0400
Record Group: WO
Record Class: 329

Name: Harold Brindley
Discharge Unit: 23rd R. W. F.
Regiment Number: 315022
Rank: Pte.
Badge Number: 182421
Unit: Infantry (Shrewsbury)
Piece: 3101
List Number: TJ 0301-0513
Record Group: WO
Record Class: 329

Not at the moment found any service records to match


Porkie_Pie Report 27 Feb 2013 22:42

Looking at his birth year he probably only joined the army during WW1



Deborah Report 28 Feb 2013 12:51

Hi Roy,
Yes Harold married Florence Hewitt in1917.
His marriage certificate states he is a miner no mention of the army


Kuros Report 28 Feb 2013 14:30

The silver war badge mentioned above was given to soldiers who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness. It was first awarded in 1916. It was to be worn on civilian dress on the right breast and it was forbidden to wear it on uniform. It was issued to distinguish between soldiers who had been discharged and conscientious objectors who were often given white feathers. This particular soldier may therefore have seen little or no war service as he was found unfit to serve.


Deborah Report 3 Mar 2013 20:38

Hi Annie,
Thank you so much for that information.
I will have to look at this more. If i found his war records would this tell me more?
Where would i begin to start to look.?