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

    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.
    thanks
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    Mine is R 639546 issued Dec 1955.

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    I think by 1972 the prefix was UK ,but not too sure!
    Cheers

    On futher checks i see that the earliestNumber with the R prefix was as follows!
    I wonder why they picked that Number to start with! Posibly after they decided to change from no prefix ? No dont think so!
    Discharge A numbers R397 - R29114
    1913-1972
    So it does look like from 1972 the UK Prefix started!
    The National Archives, Kew





    http://yourarchives.nationalarchives...ipping_Records

    Will this help at all?
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    Mine was R396040 and was issued London at end of 1947. Dont remember seeing many R4????? numbers though when I was P/CS and involved in sign on/offs and ships articles in the sixties always thought that strange..
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    My Discharge Book Number is R525985 issued December 1949.

    Fred.

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    Mine was UK 018117 issued June 1974.

    mick
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    Mine was R 510709. 6th.June 1949. For what it's worth.

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    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
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    I think i am corect in saying that our Tony Morcom's Number of
    UK007165 was issued in mid 1973
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    Mine also for what its worth (shown below in my Sig) was issued in 1958

    This one was probably very near the last of the R Series
    Discharge Book Number
    R905409 1972

    Here is another odd one

    Discharge Book Number
    1065970 issued 1924 i note there are 7 Digits here!
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    My Dis A R 419585 was issued in Leith in January 1949. Hope it helps Bob McGahey

    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[/QUOTE]

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