Before Lord Haldane's changes took place in 1908, the 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment (a Territorial Force battalion), was the 3rd Voilunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment. It was headquartered at Ashton-under-Lyne.
Here are some sample army service numbers and corresponding joining dates for the 9th Manchesters.
5 joined on 1st April 1908
946 joined on 28th June 1909
1123 joined on 1st November 1910
1150 joined on 15th May 1911
1273 joined on 25th March 1912
1404 joined on 17th March 1913
1576 joined on 20th January 1914
1997 joined on 4th August 1914
2122 joined on 1st September 1914
2475 joined on 5th October 1914
2845 joined on 2nd November 1914
3183 joined on 1st December 1914
3189 joined on 4th January 1915
3316 joined on 9th February 1915
3451 joined on 7th April 1915
3710 joined on 3rd May 1915
3858 joined on 15th June 1915
3997 joined on 20th September 1915
4027 joined on 2nd October 1915
4233 joined on 13th November 1915
4279 joined on 13th December 1915
4295 joined on 20th January 1916
4431 joined on 8th February 1916
4626 joined on 2nd March 1916
4886 joined on 6th May 1916
5273 joined on 15th July 1916
When the 9th Manchester Regiment re-numbered in 1917, it did so within the range 350001 to 375000.
There is an excellent website devoted to the Ashton Territorials. Click HERE to read more about the men of the 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.
It is wrong to assume that numbering sequences in battalions always followed a sequential pattern. They didn't. As the war progressed and casualties grew, large numbers of men were often transferred from one battalion to another and allocated numbers within blocks which did not fit the sequential patterning seen to date. This becomes particularly evident in most battalions from 1916 onwards. For an example of this, see my post on the 23rd London Regiment.
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Read my other posts on the Manchester Regiment:
The Manchester Regiment, The Regular Battalions 1881-1914
The Manchester Regiment, Special & Extra Reserve Battalions 1908-1914
5th Bn, The Manchester Regiment (TF)
6th Bn, Manchester Regiment (TF)
7th Bn, Manchester Regiment (TF)
8th Bn, Manchester Regiment (TF)
10th Bn, Manchester Regiment (TF)
Manchester Regiment Service Battalion numbers 1914-1916
16th, 17th & 18th Manchesters (1st, 2nd and 3rd City Battalions)
19th, 20th & 21st Manchesters (4th, 5th and 6th City Battalions)
22nd, 23rd & 24th Manchesters (7th & 8th City Battalions and the Oldham Pioneers)
A Manchester Pal's War - 9814 Pte Harry Bardsley, 18th Manchesters
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