The regimental number places it (probably) around the 1980's. My own number starts 241, and I did my first tour in late 1971 to March 1972. My avatar is an image of one of our Pigs on mobile in Andersonstown in January 1972. If you want I can put out a request for information on one of the regimental websites - or maybe you could chance your arm on forces records.
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
Steve i was a 244 in 1976 when i joined 5 LI before going regular and into the Gunners so this number will be earlier !! If you search around on info on the LI you should find data on the dates of all the different Bn's Tours in NI .
I would greatly appreciate if you could try to find something. I tried forces war records and didint find anything. Thank you for your service as well sir.
Thanks for the replys and help fellas and again thank you all for your service. The role the british army has played in northern ireland is a big interest of mine.
I suppose we haven't considered here how numbers were allocated accross the Army which does blurr things a bit. As I recall before the days of the Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow each Manning and Records Office. Inf North, Inf South, RAC etc etc had numbers allocated enbloc and it depended on how quickly they got through these blocs of numbers. So, I remember being confused by meeting blokes from say the REME or R.Sigs who seemed to have an older number than an infantryman who was actually senior in service! In the end the regimental numberwas not that precise a yardstick. Of course they are using a totally different system now since the introduction of the compterised admin system where soldiers do a lot of their own admin. I ask you, Tommy Atkins keeping his own leave and claims records!!!!!
He was not killed in action or anything, found the LI Roll of Honour since 1968, will try and keep digging