To access these records you will either need to visit us or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).
Attestation and discharge forms, 1790–1925
Search our catalogue for an attestation form in ADM 157. These were compiled for each Marine on enlistment and show birthplace, previous occupation, physical description and often a record of service.
Please note, this is a search across the entire catalogue description of each record, not just the name. A search for someone called Barnes, for example, may give some results for people born in Barnes.
Narrow your search by using quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “John Williams”
Index to attestation forms, 1914–1925
Consult index ADM 313/1–26 if you cannot find an individual’s attestation paper. Failing this, browse ADM 157 and choose the relevant file.
Description books, 1750–1940
Consult description books in ADM 158. These volumes summarise the information given in attestation forms and provide a useful alternative where the attestation no longer exists. They are arranged largely by division and then by last name and provide a reason for and date of discharge.
Birth, baptism and marriage registers, 1810–1921
In addition to the online birth and marriage registers (see above), you can also look through the following registers:
First World War war graves roll
Locate some First World War marine casualties in ADM 242/7–10, which are arranged by first letter of surname. Details in these records include:
- service number
- ship’s name
- date and place of birth
- cause of death
- where buried (including plot number)
First World War hospital admission and discharge registers, 1918
Browse through the admission and discharge registers from 1918 of No.2 General Hospital, based in Le Havre (MH 106/986–997).
Wills and administrations, 1740–1764 and 1836–1915
Search for marines’ wills or administrations, 1740–1764 (ADM 96/524), within the records of the Royal Marines Pay Office.
You can also search for letters of administration from the Army and Navy, 1836–1915 (PMG 50), in the probate registers of the Paymaster General’s Office.
Records of good conduct medals and gratuities, 1849–1884
Search in the records of good conduct medals and gratuities, 1849–1884 (ADM 201/21), within the correspondence and other papers of the Royal Marine Office.
Courts martial registers and case files, 1803–1978
Search the courts martial case files, 1890–1965 (ADM 156), by the name of a marine or Royal Navy ship.
Search courts martial registers, 1812–1978 (ADM 194), by year and division to find the appropriate register.
Look through the indexed registers of courts martial, 1803–1856 (ADM 13/103–104).
Correspondence, registers, muster lists, pay lists and other records of the Royal Marines Pay Office, 1688–1862
Search by date in the records of the Royal Marines Pay Office, 1688–1862 (ADM 96), or browse through the series by reference, to find correspondence, muster lists, pay lists and other records of the Royal Marines Pay Office. These records do not contain detailed information of individuals but can be used to connect marines to ships or to dates.