Admiralty: Royal Marines: Registers of Service

ADM 159
Admiralty: Royal Marines: Registers of Service

These registers of Royal Marines' service contain, as well as information similar to that contained in attestation papers, a description of physical characteristics at the time of re-engagement and discharge together with full details of service.

Digital copies of records of those who joined the Royal Marines between 1842 and 1936 can be searched and downloaded.

Referencing: In 2012, as part of transferring digitised records to The National Archives' new Discovery catalogue, the items throughout this series were temporarily numbered, starting at 1 within each piece. In March 2013 these were corrected to have their item references constructed of the piece number followed by a slash and the numerical part of the register number; for example ADM 159/5/1 is now ADM 159/5/2549.

Entries are arranged in register number order within divisions (e.g. Royal Marines Light Infantry, Chatham, or Royal Marines Band) but the dates noted in the catalogue give an approximate indication of the enlistment years covered in each register volume.

Related Material:
Indexes are in ADM 313
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Admiralty, Royal Marines, Chatham Division, 1755-1947
Board of Admiralty, Royal Marines, Plymouth Division, 1755-1947
Board of Admiralty, Royal Marines, Portsmouth Division, 1755-1947
Board of Admiralty, Royal Marines, Woolwich Division, 1805-1869
Physical description:
213 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Available in digital format unless otherwise stated
Series is accruing

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