In this post I will be looking at regimental numbering in the 7th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment between 1908 and 1914. Use the information below to estimate when your ancestor joined this particular battalion. Note that all Territorial Force battalions had their own unique number series (and for that matter, some operated more than one number series). The Middlesex Regiment had four regular battalions, one special reserve battalion, one extra reserve battalion and four Territorial Force battalions. So if your ancestor served in the 8th Battalion, 9th Battalion or 10th Territorial Force Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, you'll need to follow those links instead. Check the site index for a list of all regimental number sequences published to date.
The 7th Middlesex Regiment was headquartered at Priory Road, Hornsey and its eight companies drew men from the following locations:
A Company: Hampstead; B Company: Barnet; C & H Company: Hornsey; D Company: Highgate; E & G Company: Tottenham; F Company: Enfield Lock, with a drill station at Enfield Town. The battalion was part of the Middlesex Infantry Brigade in the Home Counties Division.
Here are some sample regimental numbers for the 7th Middlesex Regiment. These were issued sequentially, beginning at No 1 on the 1st April 1908. The vast majority of early recruits would have been men who were serving with the 1st Volunteer Battalion.
12 joined on the 3rd April 1908
730 joined on the 16th February 1909
1163 joined on the 27th June 1910
1263 joined on the 11th January 1911
1487 joined on the 6th March 1912
1716 joined on the 20th January 1913
2097 joined on the 9th March 1914
2312 joined on the 4th August 1914
2515 joined on the 1st September 1914
Use the regimental numbers above to estimate when a man would have joined this battalion between 1908 and August 1914. For example, if your man had the number 2000 and came from Tottenham, he probably joined in early 1914 and would have probably served in one of the two Tottenham companies, E or G Company.
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