Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea database
Search the Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea database by name, service number and numerous other criteria. As of October 2016, the database contained 3,500 records and is continually being updated. By November 2018, the expected completion date, it will contain information relating to all the Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the First World War. The database is being compiled largely from records held at The National Archives and there is no charge for access. It is a joint project between The National Archives, The National Maritime Museum and the Crew List Index Project with the help of a global team of volunteers.
Certificates of service (1802-c.1894)
Search by name the ratings’ service records (ADM 29) on Ancestry (£).
Some of these records can cover service up to 1919. However the dates given in the certificates of service books are the dates of issue of the certificates and do not necessarily cover all the service to date. If a Continuous Service (CS) or Official Number (ON) is given you should find further details in the Royal Navy ratings’ service records 1853-1928 – please see below.
Please note, although these records are available to view on Ancestry (£) you can find service details for some ratings from the descriptions in our catalogue (ADM 29/2-73). Therefore you may wish to start with a search of our catalogue.
Registers of seamen’s services (enlisted 1853-1928)
Search and download the Royal Navy ratings’ service records on our catalogue (£) for ratings who entered the Royal Navy between 1853 and 1923 (ADM 139, ADM 188, ADM 362 and ADM 363) – some of these records can cover service up to 1950.
These registers of seamen’s services can include information such as:
- date and place of birth
- ships served on with dates
- character and ability
- medals awarded
Medal rolls (1793-1972)
Search by name for information about the award of campaign, long service and good conduct medals in the Royal Navy medal rolls (ADM 171) using Ancestry.co.uk (£). These rolls do not usually contain biographical information.
Digital microfilm copies of these records are also available to download and browse from our catalogue free of charge.