How to look for records of... Royal Navy ratings after 1923
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This is a brief guide to researching records of Royal Navy ratings after 1923. Service records for this period are currently held by the Ministry of Defence.
This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists and, if it does, where to find it or more information about it.
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What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
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Did you know?
AÂ rating is the most junior class of seaman in the Royal Navy – these are below bothÂ commissioned officers andÂ warrant officer in seniority.
service recordÂ for ratings who joined the Royal Navy after 1923 are held by the Ministry of Defence. They are not open to the general public, though next of kin may request access to them.