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The Seniority List of Officers of the Royal Marines, 1757 to 1886
Seniority lists provide lists of officers by rank with commission dates. Find officers in the seniority lists held in both ADM 118/230-336 (1757 to 1850, indexed from 1770), and as downloadable digital microfilm in ADM 192/1–44 (1760 to 1886).
Officers pension records, 1712–1961
Search by year for:
- registers of pensions paid to officers, 1871–1961, and to officers’ widows and children, 1882–1933 in ADM 165
- records of pensions paid to widows of officers, 1836–1870, in PMG 16
- records of pensions paid to widows and relatives of officers, 1870–1919, in PMG 20, and 1921–1926, in PMG 72
Select either of the following alphabetically-arranged registers of officers’ pensions for:
- officers with surnames beginning with A-M, 1862–1908, in ADM 201/22
- officers with surnames beginning with N-Z, 1862–1908, in ADM 201/23
Select any of the following files of pensions paid to widows of officers for the following year ranges:
Browse through catalogue descriptions to select records from:
- records of payments made to the children of officers, 1837–1921, in PMG 18
- records of officers’ retired pay, 1871–1932, in ADM 22/475–487
Survey results, leave books and records of appointments, 1673–1960
Search within ADM 6 to find:
- results of an 1822 survey of Royal Marine officers in ADM 6/73–83 and ADM 6/409. For each officer it contains biographical information and pay details
- results of an 1831 Royal Marine officer survey in ADM 6/84–85
- leave books for Royal Marine officers in ADM 6/200–206, and ADM 6/414. Officers on half pay are listed in ADM 6/410–414
- brief statements about officer’s appointments in ADM 6/405 (1703–1713) and ADM 6/406 (1755–1814)
- references to Royal Marine surgeons in ADM 6/406 (1755–1814). Other information may be found in records held by the Royal College to which they belonged and in the alumni lists drawn up by their university
Commissions and appointments registers, c.1679–c.1855
Browse SP 44/164–196, a complete run of royal warrants for commissions for 1664–1782.
From 1782, use the index in HO 51/105 to locate records in HO 51.
Birth, baptism and marriage registers, 1810–1921
In addition to the online birth and marriage registers (see above), you can also look through the following registers:
First World War war graves roll
Locate some First World War marine casualties in ADM 242/7–10, which are arranged by first letter of surname. Details in these records include:
- service number
- ship’s name
- date and place of birth
- cause of death
- where buried (including plot number)
First World War hospital admission and discharge registers, 1918
Browse through the admission and discharge registers from 1918 of No.2 General Hospital, based in Le Havre (MH 106/986–997).
Wills and administrations, 1740–1764 and 1836–1915
Search for marines’ wills or administrations, 1740-1764 (ADM 96/524), within the records of the Royal Marines Pay Office.
You can also search for letters of administration from the Army and Navy, 1836–1915 (PMG 50), in the probate registers of the Paymaster General’s Office.
Records of good conduct medals and gratuities, 1849–1884
Search in the records of good conduct medals and gratuities, 1849–1884 (ADM 201/21), within the correspondence and other papers of the Royal Marine Office.
Courts martial registers and case files, 1803–1978
Search the courts martial case files, 1890–1965 (ADM 156), by the name of a marine or Royal Navy ship.
Search courts martial registers, 1812–1978 (ADM 194), by year and division to find the appropriate register.
Look through the indexed registers of courts martial, 1803–1856 (ADM 13/103–104).
Correspondence, registers, muster lists, pay lists and other records of the Royal Marines Pay Office, 1688–1862
Search by date in the records of the Royal Marines Pay Office, 1688–1862 (ADM 96), or browse through the series by reference, to find correspondence, muster lists, pay lists and other records of the Royal Marines Pay Office. These records do not contain detailed information of individuals but can be used to connect marines to ships or to dates.