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    I have found a number of "Z Service Numbers" in Air79 Online these are

    First name(s) Last name Birth year Birth county Attestation year Service number Occupation
    John Benson — — — Z6 Clerk
    Harry Edward Bishop — — — Z121 —
    H F Harper 1888 — — Z374 —
    A J Horne — — — Z179 —
    F Krockel 1888 — — Z247 —
    H D W Smith — — — Z192 —
    E C Sweeney 1891 — — Z204 —
    H L Willis 1883 — — Z2 —

    I thought it might be a typo for 2 but it appears not does anyone know what they are. I assume by dates of birth they are pre WW1 - I looked up Krockel and Sweeney on Muster Rolls and Air 78 with no luck

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    Looks like correct format is Z/247 LG has him Frank Krockel
    but what does it mean?

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    Paul,
    His mate is on the previous page:

    7th Sept. 1918.
    Z/374 Horace Ford Harper.

    Conundrum?

    HTH

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    Peter thanks but does not explain what Z Service number were!

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    Z prefix is a hangover from the pre 1918 RAF formation.


    Prior to 1920 the Army number was a Regimental number with Z prefix being used by the Rifle Brigade.

    This formation was mostly Short Service and Special Reserve so it is my belief that the AIR 79 Z prefix numbers are a short lived continuation of the Special Reserve/Short Service group.

    Once the RAF was confirmed and the personnel did not take the option of reverting to previous Army or Royal Navy the use was discontinued.

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    Scratch that belief - it was garbage.

    Z prefix was South African RFC

    This is Harry Edward Bishop medal card reference
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...s?uri=D1345386

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