seany, on 18 March 2012 - 09:29 AM, said:
The number block is particularly affected by missing, probably burnt, records but some survive and some pension records survive. I'm not sure how one would know if the number was never issued or only used for a very short period,then not re-used as you suggest.
One possibility (although I cannot say how successful it may be) is to have a look at the actual medal roll books, I have seen a couple of these for different units and both were recorded in regimental number order. If you can get to the NA you can see them there, if not you can order digital copies online at the cost of £2.80 per page. There seem to be about 10 entries or so per page so it won’t be a cheap option. This way, if you find an entry on the roll but no MIC, you will know that the MIC has been lost or destroyed. If there is no entry on the roll it will also explain why there is no MIC.
As always a word of caution as I have heard that sometimes men were missed out of the correct place in the rolls and picked up later - but this seems to be an exception. You would be unlucky to find one of these who also had the misfortune to end up having their MIC turned into a mouse’s nest!
Another possibility is if you PM me the missing 18 numbers I can do a quick search on the SWB list. Nothing guaranteed but it may turn up some info on a couple of them.