Royal Naval Reserve Officers Service Records 1862-1964

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Find your ancestors in the British Royal Naval Reserve from 1862 through to 1964 with Forces War Records

Original source: This collection is stored at The National Archives under the reference ADM240.This is an indexed collection where the record image can be seen.

Collection Description: These records of service include those of engineers and paymasters. Details of all naval officers' service had traditionally been recorded in books and registers. Around the outbreak of the First World War, a record-of-service card was introduced for officers in the Royal Naval Reserve. This concept, of a physically separate record for each officer, did not take long to become standard within the Admiralty, and personal files were soon appearing. The Ministry of Defence subsequently decided that its most convenient arrangement for storing these individual records would be by date of birth, regardless of the arm of service. Records of officers from the Royal Navy, the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and the Women's Royal Naval Service, therefore become intermingled. A further series (ADM340) accommodates this mixture. For officers who served in the First World War, records may exist in both forms - book/register and card/file - and may therefore be found in both ADM240 and ADM340. It is unlikely that any records in ADM240 will relate to officers born too late for active service in the First World War.

This collection is reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • First Name(s)
  • Rank
  • Unit
  • Dates
  • Date of Seniority
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Commission
  • Commission Number
  • Particulars of Service (awards
  • appointments
  • ships)

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: This collection is stored at The National Archives under the reference ADM240.

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