Renumbering of the Territorial Force RAMC in 1917

Men serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps units of the Territorial Force got new numbers in 1917 and a great deal can be determined about their service from these numbers. This page should help you understand what it all means.

Introduction

Change to the numbering of TF RAMC troops was promulgated in Army Council Instruction 380 of 1917, published on 3 April 1917. As in the other arms, ACI 380 also dealt with changes in the arrangements for TF records, pay and other administrative matters. These arrangements were to take effect from 1 April 1917, but were later postponed until 1 June 1917. Although not explicitly stated in ACIs, it is likely these postponements also applied to renumbering.

Regulars (and therefore also men serving in the new armies) retained their existing numbers in the range 1 - 300000, but TF soldiers were allocated new numbers from 300001 upwards. The blocks of numbers allocated to specific units are listed below.

Note that ACI 380 stated that men from a number of RAMC TF units earmarked for disbandment (upon the formation of Home Service Field Ambulances) were to be treated as regulars as far as the renumbering was concerned. that is, they would not be renumbered. These were:

  • 3/1 Highland Field Ambulance
  • 2/2 Highland Field Ambulance
  • 2/1 Lowland Field Ambulance
  • 2/2 Lowland Field Ambulance
  • 2/3 Lowland Field Ambulance
  • 2/1 Welsh Field Ambulance
  • 2/2 Welsh Field Ambulance
  • 2/3 Welsh Field Ambulance
  • 3/1 East Anglian Field Ambulance
  • 2/2 East Anglian Field Ambulance
  • 2/3 East Anglian Field Ambulance
  • 1 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 2 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 3 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 4 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 5 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 6 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 7 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 8 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 9 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 10 Cyclist Bde Field Ambulance
  • 1 Mounted Bde Field Ambulance
  • 2 Mounted Bde Field Ambulance
  • 3 Mounted Bde Field Ambulance

The new system

The detailed allocation of numbers to TF RAMC units was as follows:

From To ... allocated to Unit 
300001 301000   Highland Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
301001 303000 1 Highland Div Field Ambulance
303001 305000 2 Highland Div Field Ambulance
305001 307000 3 Highland Div Field Ambulance
307001 308000   Highland Div CCS
308001 310000 1 Scottish General Hospital
310001 311000   Highland Div Sanitary Section
311001 315000   Scottish Horse Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
315001 316000   Lowland Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
316001 318000 1 Lowland Div Field Ambulance
318001 320000 2 Lowland Div Field Ambulance
320001 322000 3 Lowland Div Field Ambulance
322001 323000   Lowland Div CCS
323001 324000   Lowland Div Sanitary Section
324001 326000 2 Scottish General Hospital
326001 328000 3 Scottish General Hospital
328001 330000 4 Scottish General Hospital
330001 331000 329 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
331001 332000 335 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
332001 333000 338 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
333001 337000 339 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
337001 339000 1 West Lancs Field Ambulance
339001 341000 2 West Lancs Field Ambulance
341001 343000 3 West Lancs Field Ambulance
343001 344000   West Lancs CCS
344001 345000 1 Western General Hospital
345001 350000   West Lancs Sanitary Section
350001 352000 1 East Lancs Field Ambulance
352001 354000 2 East Lancs Field Ambulance
354001 356000 3 East Lancs Field Ambulance
356001 357000   East Lancs CCS
357001 359000 2 Western General Hospital
359001 362000   East Lancs Sanitary Section
362001 363000   Welsh Border Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
363001 364000   South Wales Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
364001 366000 1 Welsh Field Ambulance
366001 368000 2 Welsh Field Ambulance
368001 370000 3 Welsh Field Ambulance
370001 371000   Welsh Div CCS
371001 372000   Welsh Div Sanitary Section
372001 374000 3 Western General Hospital
374001 375000 301 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
375001 376000 302 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
376001 377000 303 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
377001 378000 322 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
378001 379000 323 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
379001 380000 324 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
380001 381000 325 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
381001 382000 326 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
382001 383000 331 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
386001 388000 1 Northumbrian Field Ambulance
388001 390000 2 Northumbrian Field Ambulance
390001 392000 3 Northumbrian Field Ambulance
392001 393000   Northumbrian CCS
393001 395000 1 Northern General Hospital
395001 400000   Northumbrian Sanitary Section
400001 401000   Yorkshire Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
401001 403000 1 West Riding Field Ambulance
403001 405000 2 West Riding Field Ambulance
405001 407000 3 West Riding Field Ambulance
407001 408000   West Riding CCS
408001 410000 2 Northern General Hospital
410001 412000 3 Northern General Hospital
412001 415000   West Riding Sanitary Section
415001 416000   North Midland Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
416001 417000   Notts & Derby Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
417001 419000 1 North Midland Field Ambulance
419001 421000 2 North Midland Field Ambulance
421001 423000 3 North Midland Field Ambulance
423001 424000   North Midland CCS
424001 426000 4 Northern General Hospital
426001 428000 5 Northern General Hospital
428001 433000   North Midland Sanitary Section
433001 434000 1 South Midland Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
434001 435000 2 South Midland Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
435001 437000 1 South Midland Field Ambulance
437001 439000 2 South Midland Field Ambulance
439001 441000 3 South Midland Field Ambulance
441001 442000   South Midland CCS
442001 444000 1 Southern General Hospital
444001 446000 2 Southern General Hospital
446001 448000 3 Southern General Hospital
448001 449000   South Midland Sanitary Section
449001 450000 304 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
450001 451000 305 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
451001 455000 306 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
455001 456000 1 South Western Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
456001 457000 2 South Western Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
457001 459000 1 Wessex Field Ambulance
459001 461000 2 Wessex Field Ambulance
461001 463000 3 Wessex Field Ambulance
463001 464000   Wessex CCS
464001 465000   Wessex Sanitary Section
465001 467000 4 Southern General Hospital
467001 472000 5 Southern General Hospital
472001 473000   Eastern Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
473001 475000 1 East Anglian Field Ambulance
475001 477000 2 East Anglian Field Ambulance
477001 479000 3 East Anglian Field Ambulance
479001 480000   East Anglian CCS
480001 481000   East Anglian Sanitary Section
481001 483000 1 Eastern General Hospital
483001 484000 319 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
484001 485000 320 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
485001 486000 321 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
486001 487000 333 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
487001 488000 336 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
488001 492000 337 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
492001 493000   South Eastern Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
493001 495000 1 Home Counties Field Ambulance
495001 497000 2 Home Counties Field Ambulance
497001 499000 3 Home Counties Field Ambulance
499001 500000   Home Counties CCS
500001 502000 2 Eastern General Hospital
502001 503000 307 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
503001 504000 308 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
504001 505000 309 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
505001 508000   Home Counties Sanitary Section
508001 510000 1 London Field Ambulance
510001 512000 2 London Field Ambulance
512001 514000 3 London Field Ambulance
514001 515000 1 London CCS
515001 517000 1 London General Hospital
517001 519000 2 London General Hospital
519001 521000 5 London General Hospital
521001 522000 310 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
522001 523000 311 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
523001 524000 312 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
524001 525000 327 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
525001 526000 328 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
526001 527000 332 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
527001 531000 1 London Sanitary Section
531001 533000 1 London Div Sanitary Section
533001 534000   London Mtd Bde Field Ambulance
534001 536000 4 London Field Ambulance
536001 538000 5 London Field Ambulance
538001 540000 6 London Field Ambulance
540001 541000 2 London CCS
541001 543000 3 London General Hospital
543001 545000 4 London General Hospital
545001 550000 2 London Sanitary Section
550001 551000 313 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
551001 552000 314 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
552001 553000 315 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
553001 554000 330 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
554001 555000 334 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
555001 556000 340 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
556001 557000 341 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
557001 558000 342 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
558001 559000 343 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
559001 560000 344 Field Ambulance (Home Service)
560001 561000 2 London Div Sanitary Section

tipTip: how do I use this table? Taking note of the details above and especially what qualified a man for the renumbering, it would be reasonable to assume that he was serving in the unit to which his new number had been allotted. For example, Private 527111 Bill Smith would have been with the 1st London Sanitary Section RAMC TF.

After the renumbering came into effect, the only men who were treated as TF for RAMC numbering were:

  • Men who had or were directly enlisted into RAMC TF units who did not come under the provisions of the Military Service Act;
  • Soldiers serving on TF attestations who had transferred to RAMC from other arms of the TF

Regular soldiers transferred from other arms, or men who had been serving in Army Reserve Class B, and posted to RAMC units (TF or regular) received regular RAMC numbers.