View Full Version : Naval Service Records

04-15-2006, 08:10 AM
Does anyone know where online you can get the naval records of people who served in the Royal Navy in WW1 and WW2?

I looked before, I hit a dead end, I think you have to go in person to some centre in the UK, but just in case anyone knows any different...

04-15-2006, 05:41 PM
In the US, if one wanted to reference someone's service record, they could simple go to a county/city court house and request a certified copy of it (only if the serviceman/servicewoman elected to make their record public). Unfortunately this has led to a lot of cases of "Identity Theft" here in the states as of late.

I don't know how it is in the UK, but you might want to try the same route. Call a law firm or visit a local courthouse and ask where you may obtain archived military records. It's the best place to start (because they could tell you how to do it the legal way).

04-16-2006, 07:39 AM
Sorry, I should have pointed out that Im not from the UK, im Irish. It wouildnt be a problem if I was, I could just walk in.

04-16-2006, 05:08 PM
@ con20or,
as far as I can recollect,all service records are still confidential,therefore cannot be divulged under the Data Protection Act.

However you maybe able to find a family member who did serve in the navy through the Royal Naval Association.

I'm sorry I have'nt furnished you with the address,I've somehow misled it but you shouldn't have too much of a problem in looking it up.

04-17-2006, 02:08 AM
but most of the men are dead.