Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea database
Search the Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea database by name, service number and numerous other criteria. As of June 2021, the database contains 32,000 records and is continually being updated. Once completed (scheduled for November 2022), it will contain information relating to all the Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the First World War. The database is being compiled largely from records held at The National Archives and there is no charge for access. It is a joint project between The National Archives, The National Maritime Museum and the Crew List Index Project, with the help of a global team of volunteers.
Registers of seamen’s services (enlisted 1853–1928)
A Royal Navy rating serving during the First World War may have a record among the registers of seamen’s services (see below), some of which can cover service up to 1950.
There are further Registers of Seamen’s Services for 1925-1928, in series ADM 362, and Continuous Record (CR) cards from 1929-1950, in series ADM 363.
Search and download the Royal Navy Registers of seamen’s services for ratings, by name or official number, on our catalogue (£) within the series ADM 188. Some of these records can cover service up to 1950.
These registers of seamen’s services can include information such as:
- date and place of birth
- ships served on with dates
- character and ability
- medals awarded
Medal rolls (1793–1972)
Search by name for information about the award of campaign, long service and good conduct medals in the Royal Navy medal rolls (ADM 171) using Ancestry.co.uk (£). These rolls do not usually contain biographical information.
Digital microfilm copies of these records are also available to download and browse from our catalogue free of charge.