In this post I will be looking at regimental numbering in the 9th (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 7th Battalion, 8th 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 9th Middlesex Regiment was headquartered at Pound Lane, Willesden Green and its eight companies drew men from the following locations:
A & B Companies: Willesden Green; B Company: Barnet; C Company: Willesden, with a drill station at Stanmore; D & E Companies: Willesden; F Company: Harrow; G Company: Wealdstone; H Company: Hendon. 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 5th West Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps.
4 joined on the 1st April 1908
525 joined on the 5th March 1909
764 joined on the 17th October 1910
779 joined on the 24th January 1911
882 joined on the 23rd January 1912
1150 joined on the 2nd July 1913
1228 joined on the 3rd February 1914
1445 joined on the 8th August 1914
1973 joined on the 5th 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 1300 and came from Barnet, he joined in 1914, before the First World War, and would have probably served in B Company.
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