The National Archives UK – Discovery – Online collections – Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Discovery holds 32+ million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and 2,500+ archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download from this site. Use Discovery to search. Enter a surname in the search box and tick Available to download from the National Archives. You can refine your search results by Date, Subject or Collection. Digitised copies of the original records can be downloaded for £1.10 each. Records available include:
• French muster rolls from the Battle of Trafalgar 1805
• Logs and journals of ships of exploration 1757-1904
• Royal Marines’ service records 1842-1925
• Royal Naval Air Service officers
• Royal Naval Division service records 1914-1919
• Royal Naval Reserve officers’ service records 1862-1964
• Royal Naval Reserve personnel
• Royal Naval Reserve service records 1860-1955
• Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service records 1903-1922
• Royal Navy officers’ service record cards and files c1840-c1920
• Royal Navy officers’ service records 1756-1931
• Royal Navy ratings’ service records 1853-1928
• Royal Navy unpaid pensions 1830-1860: claims by next of kin
• Wills of Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel 1786-1882
• Women’s Royal Naval Service personnel
TIP: The state libraries of Victoria and Western Australia eResources offers free access to the Discovery service digitised documents.

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