My late Paternal Grand-dad, was Edgar Graham, b.1880, Manchester, Lancs. He served in WW1 as an Assistant Engine Room Artificer; reaching Chief E.R.A. towards the end of The War. I have his full Service record.
Edgar got a job in about 1934, as the 3rd Engineer of the Duke of Westminster's Steam Yacht (a "corvette look alike!") "Cutty Sark 2".
When WW2 broke out, Edgar volunteered again for Naval Service. He was Commissioned at the Rank of Lieutenant Commander (E) RNR. I have a grainy photo of him in that Uniform. He was, I believe, the Chief Engineer of Cutty Sark in 1940, the Ship now being Classed as an "Armed Steam Yacht" = HMSY "Cutty Sark", and she was allocated as a Submarine Patrol Vessel, escorting newly built subs from Cammell Laird, Liverpool, to Portsmouth and elsewhere.
I expected that finding Edgar's WW2 Service Record would be reasonably easy because I know his Service No. was 134772.
However, every organisation that I go to has no Record of his Naval Service for WW2! Even the National Archives, quoting me £145 for Research, say they only have Crew Lists for Cutty Sark for 1937, 1938 and 1939 i.e. no mention he served in 1940, which I know he did, as my Dad kept a careful record of Edgar's actions in the War.
Can anyone provide me with any clues about how to verify his service in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) in WW2?
Thanks for your helpful Posts. Since my first Post, I have gained a wee bit more ...
The 1939 Crew List of "Curry Sark" (30 Quid !). This shows her final Pre-War Voyage from :- 6th June 1939 to 21st August 1939....only about two weeks before the outbreak of WW2. This came from The National Archives....who said "We tried The Navy List for 1939, but couldn't find him!" He signed on as 3rd Engineer.
I think it highly likely that Edgar " joined up ) = "Got his Commission" , very early in 1940, and so I have paid 30 Quid AGAIN ( ! ) this time to the "Disclosure Cell", Navy Command, Portsmouth, in the hopes The Navy has a Record of its own "Troops", especially those, who like Edgar were VOLUNTEERS !
I obtained a single page Document, from "[email protected]", which is a very badly Photocopied page, which I can't ID where it might have come from! The only info. I can decipher from it is :- 30/04/40 2nd Engineer Outfit Gratuity applied for 10 Pounds. with the handwritten addition "Ineligible for War Gratuity....Officer" He did get 12 Guineas, however, on 17th April 1950, marked down as "Prize Money".
I shall try to follow through as you have suggested Jan, and will Post whatever I might find, also the result of my Application for Info. from The Disclosure Cell.