This information covers individuals who served in the:


Shore establishments (naval bases on land) as well as ships use the prefix HMS (His or Her Majesty’s Ship).

Personnel who served in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts may still be alive so their records remain confidential. This can make it difficult to trace an individual but a variety of sources can provide clues.


Download a copy of our guide to tracing your Royal Navy ancestry.

You can also search for information about First World War servicemen and women in our permanent digital memorial, Lives of the First World War.

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