Royal Navy poster (catalogue reference: ADM 1/8331)

What are these records?

These are applications for the unpaid wages, or pensions of deceased officers or their widows. Frequently the applications are from next of kin.

These records, in series ADM 45, cover officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and civilian employees of the Royal Navy and Naval Dockyards. 

What information do they contain?

The records frequently include:

  • officers' date of death
  • rank
  • name and address of the claimant
  • date the claim was admitted and examined
  • total value of the effects claimed

Sometimes supporting documents were supplied. Therefore you may find:

  • birth and/or marriage certificates
  • wills

How do I search the records?

You can search the records in Discovery, our catalogue, by using the search box below.

Search by name of officer/employee or claimant.

Narrow your search by using quotation marks to find a person's full name, such as "James Williams".

Searching is free, but there may be a charge to download documents.

What do the records look like?

Record of Edward Fullerton (ADM 45/1/1)

To get an idea of what the records can look like, click on the image on the right to see pages from the record of Edward Fullerton (ADM 45/1/1).

Why can't I find what I'm looking for?

If you are looking for a rating, look in series ADM 44. These ratings' records are not available to view online.

Related guidance

Royal Navy officers' pensions