As part of the well established range of
services available to members, the Association can undertake the following
types of research, subject to the availability of sources. Most are held
at the Public Record Office (now known as the National Archives):
RN Officers’ Service
These detail promotion dates, ship and
shore postings with appointment dates, plus honours and awards received
up to termination of service. Covers those who joined between 1840 and
Confidential Records (1885-1930)
A rich source of often very personal
material relating mostly to executive officers, paymasters and warrant
RNR Officers’ Service
These are sometimes thin on detail but
may include promotion dates, and ship/shore postings with appointment
Service Records (1903-1919)
These detail promotion dates for
Volunteer Reserve officers who joined between these dates. They also
give ship and shore postings with appointment dates, plus honours and
awards received up to termination of service.
RN / RNR / RNVR
Officers’ Service Profiles
Where an individual officer’s record is
not available, a profile can be drawn up from Navy Lists, giving
promotions, postings, etc.
These are available for some warrant
officers for the period 1903-1931.
RN Ratings’ Service
These are available for ratings who
joined the Royal Navy between 1853 and 1923 inclusive.
RNVR Ratings’ Service
Available for ratings who joined the
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve between 1903 and 1919.
RNR Ratings Service
For ratings who joined the Royal Naval Reserve 1860-1955.
ROYAL MARINES' RECORDS
RM Officers’ & Other
Ranks’ Service Records
These can be provided for personnel who
joined between 1793 and 1915
Checks can be carried out to confirm the
award of campaign medals to RN personnel during the Victorian period and
up to and including the First World War. Please provide the name of the
ship wherever possible.
HONOURS and AWARDS
For officers and ratings of the RN, RNR,
RNVR and RM, including Commonwealth navies, Merchant Navy, civilian
workers and personnel from other services who received any award while at
Details from the
London Gazette will be
provided if the award is listed.
WW2 CHRONOLOGIES OF
This series of monographs covers over 945
ships, including 21 battleships and battle cruisers, 69 aircraft carriers,
94 cruisers, 472 destroyers, 184 frigates, corvettes and sloops, plus 110
other warships including depot ships.
Each monograph gives details of deployment,
actions, convoy engagements, etc, during the Second World War
Please send 9x6 SAE
for list of all ships available
We are able to undertake other forms of
research, such as accident, sinking and action reports, dependent on the
Prices for research into personnel who
served in the Merchant Navy
are available on application.
research enquiries should be sent to the association’s research
requesting research, please provide as much relevant information as
possible, especially service numbers
for ratings and marines where available, to prevent duplication
and to enable research to be completed as speedily as possible.
Basic search fees are
£10.00 per enquiry
(£7.50 for members quoting their
per individual, plus postage and photocopying, except as follows:
Cases where the information provided is
insufficient and a
longer search is required, or where early
service papers are not available and muster rolls have to be checked
Officers’ Service Profiles may be charged at more
depending on length of service
Medal Rolls: £3.00 per name, per medal
Honours and awards: £3.00 for first award; £1.00
Photocopying and postage will be charged additionally at cost
WW2 Ships’ Chronologies: Each ship
£7.00 up to five pages (UK and
BFPO), 30p for each extra page, including
postage £8.00 Overseas plus 30p
per page, including postage
General Research: Charges subject to
availability of material,
and nature and extent of research
A detailed, itemised
invoice will be enclosed with the research material.
Settlement must be made to the NHCRA in
Sterling currency within 21 days.
NHCRA is a non-profit organisation and when funds permit
donations are made to naval or maritime related charities