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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    I thought you'd like to see all of my Dad, Vivian John Squibbs' Continuous Certificates of Discharge ( Vivian's D.O.B. - 2.1.1911 in Cardigan, S Wales, UK.):



    - R37118 29.10.1927 issued in South Shields
    - R148708 25.1.1962 (RSS Notified Free Official replacement) issued 28.10. 1936 Swansea
    - R148708 25.1.1962 (RSS Notified Free Official replacement) issued 21. 6. 1962 Cardiff.

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    My discharge book number R902093. 1970 71 Robert Reilly Gravesend Kent. Sea school.

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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    [QUOTE=David Snook;84021]I've done some research on Discharge Books and Discharge A numbers from WW2 to 1972 to try and get an idea of the turnover of British seamen over the period.
    Typical numbers issued for various years are

    1940 R 217400
    1943 R 230000
    1945 R 310000
    1956 R 658000
    1965 R 816000
    1972 ??? Was R prefix still used at this time.

    I would be grateful for feedback on whether these numbers look reasonable and also for some information on the numbers issued around 1972.
    thank 1958 R694044

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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    [QUOTE=Bill Cook;415167]
    Quote Originally Posted by David Snook View Post
    1972 ??? Was R prefix still used at this time.

    I would be grateful for feedback on whether these numbers look reasonable and also for some information on the numbers issued around 1972.
    thank 1958 R694044
    I think if you start at post#1 and work your way through, you will find answers for any questions that you may have, assuming that you already haven't done so.

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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    Quote Originally Posted by David Snook View Post
    Thanks to everyone who's contributed so far.

    Stuart Henderson's point about not seeing R 4????? numbers seems to be backed up by Colin Hawken (R 510709) and Fred Lacey(R 525985)both from 1949 which were issued 2 years after R 396040. Any R 4????? numbers out there?

    Mick O'Brien's number UK 018117 from 1974 tallies with Doc Vernon's thought that the change from the R prefix to the UK prefix took place in 1972.
    Is there anyone with a number issued in the 1968-72 period ?

    thanks again for the help
    David Snook
    If it is any help
    I registered July 1970 & my number was R885849

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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    Hi Bill.
    A missing link, my discharge No R510868 issued in 1949.
    Cheers Des
    R510868
    Lest We Forget

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    "Mine is R 813900 issued Nov 1964"

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    My original discharge book was R848167, supplied in April 1967. In January 1973 it was replaced with the new style discharge book, but the number remained unchanged.
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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    Hi. My discharge book number was R618131 issued in Liverpool in 1954.

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    Default Re: Discharge Book numbering from WW 2 to 1972 for British seamen

    David, my Discharge Book is number R911xxx issued at Tilbury 24th July 1972 on completion off my 14 week deck course at the National Sea School. I surmise that the U.K. prefix was introduced at the start off 1973. On the 16th January 1973 I was issued a new style Discharge Book in Belfast still with my R911xxx number. Hopefully this will help with your research.

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