Military Monday: British and Canadian Army Service Numbers for WW2

The website Researching the Lives and Records of WW2 Soldiers, by Robert Clark, includes a table of number blocks assigned to each corps or regiment of the WW2 British Army. This may be helpful if you have a number but don’t know the unit.

The numbers were allocated on joining, Beware, the soldier may have only been with that corps or regiment for a short time before transfer. The number stayed with them.

The Royal Artillery was assigned over one million numbers, just 599 to the Band of the Royal Military College.

Sub-blocks may have been allocated to various enlistment centres.

Find the table at

Canadian Army
WW2 Canadian Regimental Numbers had blocks with a letter prefix referring to the military district. For instance, the prefix B, for Trooper Anthony Dashney, Service Number: B/83334, who served with the  Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, indicates MD2 (Central Ontario including Toronto and northward). See

Stay tuned for more detail on allocation of sub-blocks of numbers for the WW2 Canadian Army.

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