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. If the rating joined the Royal Navy after 1926, their service record will still be 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?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
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Did you know?
A rating is the most junior class of seaman in the Royal Navy – these are below both commissioned officers and warrant officer in seniority.
Service records for ratings who joined the Royal Navy after 1926 are held by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). These are available to next of kin and members of the general public on request to the MOD, provided the subject is no longer living. An administrative fee applies.