Useful Sources

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Within the UK there is a wealth of information resources on naval and maritime history. Below are a number of reference sources, which aim to help you begin your navigation of the subject.

Naval Biographical Database - www.navylist.org

This is an on-going private enterprise. Information is gathered from a variety of primary sources and currently covers the period 1660- 1800s on Flag Officers, Captains, Warrant Officers and Yard Officers. A search facility and further information on current coverage and cost is available on the website.

 

Service records

Ratings Pre 1924, WRNS WW1 records, Officers 1756-1917 and all ship records: National Archives (PRO) Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU Tel: 020 8876 3444 www.nationalarchives.gov.uk (Documents online:http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/navy.asp

Ratings 1924-39, Officers 1906-1982, WRNS 1939-1955, Reservists WW2 : Director of Naval Personnel, Navy Search, TNT Records Management, PO Box 7814, Tenton Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 1EG Tel: 01283 227912 or 227913 email:navysearchpgrc@tnt.co.uk

Ratings Post 1939, WRNS Post 1956: DNPers Disclosure Cell, MP G-2, Room 48, West Battery, Whale Island, Portsmouth PO2 8DX

Officers aged under 60 & still serving/retired: Officers’ Mobilisation Division, Room 171, Victory Building, HM Naval Base Portsmouth PO1 3LS

Medal entitlements: available only to next of kin on written request.

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA)

(Joint Personnel Administration Centre) MoD Medal Office Building 250 Imjin Barracks Gloucester GL3 1HW

E-mail: Medals@SPVA.mod.uk

National Archives - www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Naval Biographical Database - www.navylist.org.

registryofshipping&seamen@mcga.gov.uk

Website: Maritime And Coastguard Agency

Merseyside Maritime Museum - www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime

National Maritime Museum - www.nmm.ac.uk

National Fisheries Heritage Centre (trawler histories): Alexander Dock, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN31 1UZ

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org

Imperial War Museum - www.iwm.org.uk

Royal Navy - www.royalnavy.mod.uk

Science Museum - www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Veterans Agency - www.veterans-uk.info

National Register of Archives – www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/

www.naa.gov.au

Australian National Maritime Museum - www.anmm.gov.au

Canada

National Archives of Canada - www.archives.ca/08/08_e.html

Maritime Museum of British Columbia – www.mmbc.bc.ca

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - www.museum.gov.ns.ca/mma

United States of America

National Archives of the United States of America - www.archives.gov

Naval Historical Centre - www.history.navy.mil/index.html