Photograph of Rupert Brooke (Catalogue reference: ZPER 34/146)

This is a brief guide to researching records of men in the Royal Naval Division. Royal Naval Division records are informative and relatively easy to find as the key records are available online.

This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists and, if it does, where to find it or more information about it.

  • What do I need to know before I start?

    • Try to find out:

      • the name and rank of the person
      • the dates of service
  • What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

    • Record cards at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

      Contact the Fleet Air Arm Museum who hold Royal Naval Division record cards for the Divisional Engineers, Divisional Train, RM Medical Unit and Ordnance Company.

    • Records held elsewhere

      Search our catalogue and refine your results using the filters.

Did you know?

About 50,000 service recordsservice record - a document recording the career of an individual in the armed forces of men who served in the Royal Naval Division are available to search and download from our catalogue.

The Royal Naval Division was established in 1914 and was made up of surplus members of various armed services.

The Royal Naval Division served on shore alongside the Army and was transferred into the control of the Army in 1916.

When looking for a person who served in the Royal Naval Division, you may find his service history, next of kin, religion and personal description.