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Looking for answers?

This page provides resources for anyone undertaking research into naval history. whether you are doing personal/family history or researching a specific ship the links will take you to rother the relevant online archives or to one of our pages derailing how holds which records and how to request them.

If you are enquiring about Service Records

Service Records of Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Marines Reserve, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Air Service, and WRNS - information on who holds which records and how to request them. Go to the Service Records page


If you are enquiring about medals, badges or emblems

Information about requesting or replacing current and previous Campaign Medals, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, Volunteer Reserves Service Medal, Russian Convoy Medal, Arctic Emblem, UK Armed Forces Veteran's Badge, UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge. Go to the Medals and Emblems page

Looking for Ship's Log Boos?

The UK National Archives hold many log books, this link will take you to the relevant section - How to find Royal Navy ships' log books. Go there

Search casualty lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1922-2008

A link to an external resource hosted by NAVAL-HISTORY.NET. This is a comprehensive listing of the service details of men and women killed in RN and RM service; search by year/ month, surname, unit.  Go there

Searching for a Grave or War Memoria?

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.Use the CWGC’s comprehensive search engine to locate an individual, where buried – graveyard, cemetery & grave location or location recorded on a memorial. Go there

Looking for former shipmates, photographs of individuals, ships, or establishments, and all other enquiries?

Please post your question or request for information on the RN Research Archive forum. There is much that is outside the scope of the Archive, using the forum allows your query to be seen by the maximum number of people who may have the knowledge to provide you an answer, or suggest other routes to follow.  Visit the Forum




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