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Would Royal Navy Captain's Log (1759-1766) be likely to mention Captain's Clerk?

I have found a National Archives record that may be useful to me but, before outlaying what could be considerable cost to get it copied, I would like to try and assess what it might contain. ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

My 4th great grandfather John Smyth was a Captain's Clerk on the HMS Firm when he married Sarah Osment on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England. When he was buried at Bunhill Fields Burial ...
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Which ship did my father serve on with RNP 2420

My father served in a Royal Navy Party in 45. RNP 2420 - Force W. How do I find which ship he served on? His number was P/LX 24536. His name was Peter Lornie. He began service in 1940 as a Leading ...
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Finding father who was in UK Royal Navy during 1960s?

I am looking for my father who was an able seaman in the 1960's in the United Kingdom. He was on the Royal Navy ship HMS Brighton. I do have an ID that starts d/j...... Are there any sites I can ...
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Getting information from Navy service record if date of death unknown?

I am helping a friend research her father who was born in 1917. The only document she has, of his, is his marriage certificate...giving his name, father's name and name of spouse and profession. ...
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What might word “wise” mean on 1764 Marriage Record of John Smyth and Sarah Osment from Stoke Damerel, Devon, England?

My 5th great grandparents John Smyth and Sarah Osment married on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England, and a cropped image from the record of that marriage appears below. On the top line, ...
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How to determine Royal Navy Reserves (RNR) service record number of particular individual?

What was my father’s service record number? His details: A/Surgeon Lt-Cdr Eric Edwin Kingsley Kilvert, RNR. He joined up in Feb 1940 at Chatham (HMS Pembroke)
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How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
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How do I find if my father was in the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy in World War 2?

How do I find my fathers records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
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What records exist for survivors of the Spanish Armada?

In my family, there is a long held verbal history that we were on the Spanish Armada and were stranded in Ireland when the Armada was sunk. This may be a long shot, but is there anyway to access ...
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Can anyone decipher the name of this Royal Navy ship in Beruit in 1861?

Can anyone work out what the name of this ship is for me please it is from the 1861 census reference RG9/4441/232/30 Thanks for any suggestions
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WW2 Royal Navy Patrol service records mystery

I have a copy of my Great Uncle's sevice record and I'm really stuck on finding out one of the base/ship he is listed as serving with. He sadly died due to illness while on active service in 1943 and ...
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Where might I find General Orders No. 77 dated 11 Nov 1943?

I have found a document that notes the renaming of Edinburgh Field, Trinidad to Carlsen Field (click image for full size): To get more information about the renaming (and the individual behind it) ...
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Finding WW2 Royal Navy Records related to Glendower, Pembroke and other bases/ships?

Are there likely to be records to access for more information for my father (deceased in 1993)? He served aboard a number of ships (land sites) from 1943-46. I have his certificate of service ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

How do I find my 4th great grandfather's Scottish parents? Rear Admiral Donald Campbell 1752-1819 was a contemporary of Nelson's & also served with the Portuguese Navy. I can trace his career, ...
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Can I obtain a free version of this public domain image?

I found an image on the Corbis images website: (Full image here.) At the end of the description there is a small note: This is a publicly distributed U.S. government created image. Image is in ...
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What is this individual's military service number?

Below is a clipping of a 1942 military document detailing promotions of personnel. The column listing "service numbers" seems to specify them in an abbreviated fashion. Given that assumption and ...
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Obtaining details to complete US Military SF-180 information request form?

From How can I get all the military records available through NARA (USA) for an individual veteran? (or rather, one of its answers) I filled out and mailed an SF-180 requesting military information ...
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Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel from World War 2?

My grandmothers brother was in the royal navy during WW2 and was killed. I know very little about him other than his name and I think I have the year he was born. By searching his name - William ...
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Finding detailed UK Naval Records (1920's)

I have the Naval summary of an ancestor (Who served in the UK Navy during the 1920's) which lists the bases and ships he served on, with a small bit of other information too. The document I have ...