Service records (1756-1917)
Search Royal Naval Officers’ service records on our website (ADM 196) by name for a commissioned officer who entered the Royal Navy between 1756 and 1917. The records for the 18th and early 19th centuries are sparse but for the later period almost all of the available service records are accessible in this online collection.
Service records for officers joining after May 1917 are held by the Ministry of Defence (see below).
Naval officers’ service record cards and files (c1880-1950s)
Search Naval officers’ service record cards and files online (ADM 340/1-150) by name for commissioned officers serving in the Royal Navy between c1880 and the 1950s. To view ADM 340/151-456 visit The National Archives at Kew.
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 from our website and browse free of charge.
Index of naval officers who died between 1914 and 1920
Search the card index of naval officers killed 1914-1920 (ADM 242/1-5), including some officers of the Royal Marines and Naval Reserve, and of the Canadian and Australian navies, among the records of maritime deaths on findmypast (£).
Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea database
Search the First World War Royal Navy records database by name, service number and numerous other criteria. The database is still being compiled, with over 3500 service records having been added by October 2016 and an expected completion date of November 2018.
It contains information relating to all the Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the First World War and is being compiled largely from records held at The National Archives. The database 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 e-volunteers.