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From: "Christopher and Joy Dean" <>
Subject: Re: Service Records for Royal Navy
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 18:42:46 +0100
Hope you will find the following useful, that I received from the WW1
'In 1853, the Royal Navy began the first central registration and service
>records for ratings on what were called continuous service
>engagements. The registers for the records between 1853 and 1872 are held
>in the Public Record Office archive ADM 139. Those for sailors who entered
>service between 1873 and 1891 are in ADM 139 and ADM 188. There are
>indexes at ADM 188. The records for those who joined the Royal Navy
>between 1892 and 1923 have recently been released into the Public Record
>Office, Kew in archive ADM 188.
>The records will be open for personal search by the enquirer or a nominated
>agent. Details of the PRO can be found at their website URL:
>The PRO do not have an on-line searchable archive. Nor do they usually
>undertake any research for personal or postal enquirers. However they
>have a list of independent researchers, with a useful search facility. The
>address is: http://www.pro.gov.uk/readers/irlist/default.htm
>The Continuous Service records series at the PRO are indexed by surname,
>and can be searched fairly easily: the service record will give the date of
>birth, date of engagement in the Royal Navy, promotions, medals and good
>conduct awards, punishments, dates of service in particular ships, and
>comments on conduct and proficiency. The only essential information for a
>search is the full name of the person, though other information (such as
>date when he is likely to have joined up) will help.
>In Windsor, Berkshire
>Web Page at: http://home.clara.net/iainkerr/index.htm'
Also, there is a series of books one can borrow from the library which are
helpful, on what is available at the Public Records Office, and one of them
is about the Royal Navy.
best wishes in your search