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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Useful source of information

    Hello I've spent months trying to find information about my Father's time in WWII including paying £30 fee to Disclosure Cell at Whale Island for an extract of his service record from Oct 1940 to August 1942. He doesn't appear in the Navy List and no other record of his service after August 1942,...

    Started by christopher67‎, 26-11-2015 10:34 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Looking for records after 1921 including WW2?

    If you're looking for post 1921, WW2 or later service records, see the sticky message about how to apply for them that I posted ,click HERE

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 20-04-2014 1:23 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: FWR Members Please Read

    Those members of Forces War Records who have clicked on Free Forum should be aware that they are now on the British Genealogy Forum. This forum is owned by FWR, but is a separate entity, and existed for some years before FWR took it over in 2013. Members should be aware when posting on British...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 27-02-2014 4:08 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: RN records at TNA and other useful websites

    This is for anyone new to research, who may not know where to look. The National Archives (TNA) has lots of records connected with the Royal Navy. Our site sponsors Forces War Records hold over 5 million records of military ancestors going back to 1350 so their site is a good place to start....

    Started by Geoffers‎, 07-09-2008 12:07 PM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Searchable RM attestation papers

    In case anyone doesn't know, attestation papers for the Royal Marines for most of the 19th century are now individually indexed on TNA's catalogue If you find a likely match to someone you are trying to locate, you can order a copy of the document from TNA. Using the catalogue: In the word...

    Started by Geoffers‎, 06-08-2008 11:55 AM
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  1. George Henry Serle RN 1872-1918

    Hi I'm looking for help with some background info on the Royal Navy to help sort out family fact from family fiction. George Henry Serle died in Greenwich Seamans Hospital in 1918 from Colitis. At the time of his death he was a Chief Writer. My understanding is that everything from stores...

    Started by Geoff1959‎, 01-07-2017 11:26 AM
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  2. British or American Navy?

    This picture could be the American sailor that married Aunty Bessie in 1918. On the other hand it could be one of Great Grandma Bessie's nephews. It was in amongst the photocopies from Great grandma's scrapbook but her daughter had added some of her own. I so want it to be American Navy but I...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 08-06-2016 10:09 PM
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  3. Soldier or sailor?

    Excuse the daft question but I'm working on a brick wall great-grandfather and every bit of information helps! (I know where he was from 1884 to his death in 1914 but nothing beforehand.) I have a Civil Service declaration of age form for him in 1884 stating that he was a discharged soldier, living...

    Started by Jessie 888‎, 22-06-2017 11:19 AM
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  4. Devonport Edward beer and Mary Ann

    Hi, looking for advice I have hit a brick wall with Edward beer according to census born 1822 devonport, married a Mary Ann posssibly in devonport. Census show him as a carpenter progressing to shipwright at later census and there is a naval record of a Edward j beer the detail fit what I have so...

    Started by Tcuzz70‎, 13-06-2017 11:05 AM
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  5. Boxer Rebellion

    I have been trying to pin down my great-great-uncle William James McMullen b.1871 in Manchester. I have got as far as finding he was in Naval and marine personnel who were landed in China during the Boxer Rebellion on ship named HMS Marathon transferred in 1902 to Duke of Wellington. His...

    Started by daisynook‎, 29-05-2017 2:15 PM
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  6. Question Lewis Thornton Hubbard

    I am trying to find my uncle, Lewis Thornton Hubbard, born 8/1/1922. He joined the Navy on 8/1/1922 for 12 years. The form I have bears the number "J95673", is this his service number? It appears he was invalided out on 18/10/22. What happened to him? Can someone decipher this form for me.

    Started by pejayhub‎, 16-05-2017 8:35 AM
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  7. Prince Regent 1810

    I understand this vessel, built at Shields in 1810, served as a convict transport from 1820. I'd dearly love to find out what it was doing in 1819, as I have reason to believe my x3 great-grandfather died whilst serving on it in that year. All the info I can find by Googling concentrates on its...

    Started by davyr‎, 21-04-2017 4:10 PM
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  8. HMS Hesperus

    Good morning all, I'm attempting to find out more information about my Fiancé's Grandfather, who served in the Royal Navy, for the duration of WW2. His name was William (Bill) Hale and he sadly passed away in 2007, aged 89. He didn't discuss much of his wartime service, except to say that he...

    Started by Histerio_Audax‎, 05-05-2017 10:44 AM
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  9. Norway Liberation

    My father served on HMS VIVIEN, COCHRANE, PEMBROKE and VALKYRIE from February to September 1945. Were any of these ships helping with the liberation of Norway? Arthur Frank FARMER (able seaman) radio operator.

    Started by Keith Farmer‎, 27-04-2017 3:00 PM
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  10. ROOS brothers RMLI Uniforms

    Hi All I am wondering if any forum members can decipher the difference between these two RMLI uniforms. Both these brothers joined the RMLI in the same year but there seem to be differences in their uniforms i.e. belts, buttons etc. Would appreciate any clarity on this - with thanks in...

    Started by blue wren‎, 23-04-2017 8:39 AM
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  11. HMS Gambia

    Years ago I started writing a site about my own father’s time in the Royal Navy in the late forties and fifties. He served mostly on HMS Gambia and HMS Warrior, an aircraft carrier. Those pages can be found at brisray.com/dad/ Shortly after I made those pages, Bill Hartland contacted me about...

    Started by brisray‎, 16-04-2017 11:18 PM
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  12. How to Find the Ship my Grandfather served on

    Please can anyone advise how to find the ship my Grandfather served on based on his name, service Number and Birth date ?

    Started by WoodenTed53?‎, 10-04-2017 8:02 PM
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  13. No service number...

    Hi I've been sent a FWR alert for Herbert LAWTON of the Royal Navy re his return to post after a strained elbow on HMS Lion in 1917. However, it doesn't state his service number. Does anyone know how I can obtain this and/or find out more about him please? Carole

    Started by Carole Williams‎, 31-03-2017 1:59 PM
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  14. HMS Glenroy

    My grandad was on HMS Glenroy in 1942 and was wondering if anyone has any photos, info or anything. His name was Wilfrid Hollister and he died when i was 6 and he never spoke to family about his time in the Navy and so i have very little info. Thanks Jo

    Started by bethany98‎, 23-03-2017 9:37 PM
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  15. Looking for Jonahs ship

    My great grand father was on board a ship at Jutland but I don't know which one ,He was a chief stoker on The Natal ,but I don't that ship was in that engagement,any ideas where I should start looking?

    Started by jonahs boy‎, 12-03-2017 6:23 PM
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  16. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (T. 124X)

    I am not sure if this is the right place for this post or if it should be under Merchant Navy. However, I am researching a relative who served in WW1 on a number of ships and on his 'Certificate of Discharge' along side the Ships name is "T124X". From some basic research I understand that T124X is...

    Started by RoyW‎, 02-03-2017 10:41 AM
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  17. Anyone know about HMS Galvani (WW2)

    I have my father's wedding photograph, taken in 1941, and he is in Royal Navy uniform and the cap seems to read HMS Galvani (though hid head is turned and partially obscures the last part. Unfortunately my father died in 1984 and I've trawled the internet for the ship, hoping to find some element...

    Started by obdavies‎, 08-07-2010 8:30 PM
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  18. SS Clan Stuart

    Hello, everyone. I'm looking for crew logs of the Clan Stuart when she went down off South Africa 21 Nov 1914. Any help gratefully received. Su.

    Started by Siouxziq‎, 13-02-2017 6:26 PM
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  19. MPK

    Can anyone tell me if, in WW2, a girlfriend of a PO missing presumed killed would have been officially informed by RN personnel? The girlfriend would have written letters to the PO but his family were unaware of her existence. I'm wondering how she would have found out that his ship had been hit...

    Started by rexell‎, 10-02-2017 10:56 AM
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  20. HMS President 111

    My late uncle Able Seaman D/JX 202935 George William Howell, deceased 3/5/1941 is buried in Southwould. No immediate family members have any information about his death or why he is buried in Suffolk as he was assigned to a land based establishment. Can anyone help solving this puzzle. Thank you

    Started by Dead and Buried‎, 31-01-2017 6:41 PM
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