16 February 2014

Liverpool Pals: Number sequences and battalions

Here are some number blocks for the Liverpool Pals: more correctly, The 17th (1st City) King's (Liverpool Regiment), 18th (2nd City) King's (Liverpool Regiment), 19th (3rd City) King's (Liverpool Regiment) and 20th (4th City) King's (Liverpool Regiment).

15000 - 16151: 17th Battalion
16152 - 17259: 18th Battalion
17260 - 21899: 19th Battalion
21900 - 21999: a combination of 18th and 20th Battalion
22000 - 23149: 20th Battalion

These series may be considered to cover the initial intakes into the four City of Liverpool Pals' Battalions.  I am less certain of the battalions whose numbers fall into the following series:

23150 - 23599: non City Battalions
23600 - 23699: mostly 17th Battalion (but also men from the 15th, 16th and 18th Battalions)
23700 - 23800: various, including at least three men who died whilst serving with regular battalions
23801 - 24004: mostly 20th Battalion
24005 - 24199: non City Battalions
24200 - 24399: mostly 19th Battalion
24400 - 24499: mostly 20th Battalion
24500 - 24799: mostly 18th Battalion
24800 - 24999: mostly 17th Battalion
25000 - 25299: non City Battalions
25300 - 24349: mostly 19th Battalion
24350 - 25499: non City Battalions
25500 - 25599: mostly 19th Battalion
25600 - 25699: non City Battalions
25700 - 25799: mostly 18th Battalion
25800 - 25999: non City Battalions
26000 - 26099: mostly 18th Battalion
26100 - 26199: mostly 17th Battalion
26200 - 26499: non City Battalions
26500 - 26599: mostly 20th Battalion
26600 - 26699: mostly 17th & 18th Battalions

The majority of the City Battalion men whose numbers fall between and 15000 and 26199 arrived overseas in France on 7th November 1915.

Both Ancestry and Findmypast have data collections covering the King's (Liverpool Regiment) City Battalions, and here's a tip for finding men in Ancestry's poorly indexed WO 363 and WO 364 collections. After you've exhausted King's, Lpool and Liv* in the regiment field, just type in KLCB.  This is, of course, the acronym for King's Liverpool City Battalion and was scrawled across many an attestation paper in 1914 (and keyed-as-seen by Ancestry's transcription house many years later).

Also see my request for assistance with Liverpool Pals battalions HERE.

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Cumbrian 1 said...

Looking for info on service history for grandfather John Joseph Bell in WW1 he enrolled in Kings Liverpool Regt 16.1.1916 his number was 87915 went to army reserves on 16.1.1919. then TA and 5th Border Regt 12.7.1921 No. 3592111.Have Army records for him but they have nothing until 21.7.1921. Have you any info or info where to look?

Paul Nixon said...


No, I don't. I would have thought that if you have the post 1921 records that there would also be prior military service attached to the later records. So I'm a little puzzled. The usual suspects are WO 363 and WO 364 for service and pension records but for well informed advice, try posting this query on Great War Forum and/or get in touch with the regimental museum.


Anonymous said...

I am trying to find service record for Robert James Pierce. He is remembered at the Ploegsteert Memorial Comines-Warneton Arrondissement de Mouscron Hainaut, Belgium Plot: Panel 3. The King's (Liverpool Regiment).
He died 10 Apr 1917 in Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.
I can't find his service record online at ancestry.

Paul Nixon said...

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