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    Most of us regularly use AIR 78 for tracing airmen, but I am trying to trace a couple of Army personnel who were with the Glider Pilot Regiment. Is there something similar to AIR 78 for the army?
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    Hi Alan,


    Army OR service numbers almost always were the unit that they started their army service life.


    Once given an initial number for one regiment/unit they maintained that number when transferred to another formation.


    On commission a new service number would be given.


    So a bod who was attested to the Life Guards could be transferred to the Tank Regiment and then to the GPR while still retaining a Life Guards service number.


    Nominal rolls are mostly retained by the regiments and only on line if someone from the association has put the time in. Most have no nominal roll on the web.


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    I thought that might be the case, the very little online bit that is. I had noticed that WW1 service numbers changed with regiment, looking up people on my local war memorial who moved units had different numbers, one even had two numbers with the same unit because he had had been with two other regiments before transferring back. Not really surprising that by the 1940s the army had finally decided it might be best if they only issued a person a single number which they took with them.

    I'm looking for the first names of two glider pilots who force landed a glider, I've got their surnames and numbers from the 1180.
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    How about posting them here for us and see what magic we can do?
    They are definetly other ranks? Not officers
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    Both were Staff Sergeants, R. Tillings, 924710 and M. Wright 9748589

    Tillings could be Ronald Tillings, based upon a birth registered in Mar Qt 1928 at Bedwellty, but that would have made him 17 at the time he was involved in a flying accident which as he was first pilot of a Hamilcar.

    There are however a number of people called Tilling, so it could be a mistake in the surname on the 1180.
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    Hi Alan,


    Looks like Tilling was attested into the RA (field or horsey type) so I would look at the Rolls there.


    Wright seems to have been direct or transferred into the AAC/GPR post 1942 but before the main inductions into the General Service Corps happened.


    This is the list of corresponding units 1920-1942
    http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/mm/...ce_numbers.htm


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    Had a scan about and this look like a trace of S/Sgt R S Tillings on Op Varsity



    00637 Hamilcar G S/Sgt R S Tillings Sgt J Huard Tarrant Rushton 6 AB Recce N (post #2)

    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/2442...nt-op-varsity/


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    Thanks for the pointers, I'll follow those up and see where I get.

    There were at least 3 R S Tilling births so it is possible he was one those on the GRO index.

    The accident I'm interested in was around the time of Operation Varsity.
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