How to look for records of... Royal Navy ratings enlisted after 1918
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This is a short guide to records of Royal Navy ratings that enlisted and served after the First World War. Many of the records of ratings who served in the Second World War and all of the records for ratings that enlisted after 1928, are held by the Ministry of Defence. However, the records of ratings that enlisted with the Royal Navy in or before 1928 and went on to serve in the Second World War may be held at The National Archives.
A rating is the most junior class of seaman in the Royal Navy – below both commissioned officers and warrant officers in seniority.