Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Index of First World War Mercantile Marine Medals and the British War Medal

Details of BT 351
Reference:BT 351
Title:
Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Index of First World War Mercantile Marine Medals and the British War Medal
Description:

The records were used to confirm applications for medals, to determine the award and to record the issue of medals to individual seamen. All recipients of Mercantile Marine Medals were automatically entitled to the British War Medal and this index additionally records its issue. The index details the seaman’s name and details of the medals awarded.

Date: 1914-1925
Arrangement:

Alphabetically by surname.

Related Material: For the Albert Medal Register see: BT 97
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992
Physical description: 1 microform
Access conditions: Available in digital format only
Immediate source of acquisition: Registry of Shipping and Seamen in 2000
Custodial history: Transferred from The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen to the Registry of Shipping in 1992.
Accumulation Dates: Series ran 1914-1925
Selection and destruction information: Microfiche copies of original card index. Original records have not been preserved.
Accruals: No further accruals expected.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen was formally established by the Merchant Shipping Act 1872 under the governance of the Board of Trade. By 1888 RGSS had five divisions: Registration of Shipping; Royal Naval Reserve; Masters Mates Engineers and Skippers; Ships Employment and Records. In 1939 RGSS was transferred to from the Board of Trade to the Ministry of Shipping and in 1941 to the Ministry of War Transport. In 1946 it became part of the Marine Crews Division of the Ministry of Transport, moved back to the Board of Trade in 1965 and was absorbed into the Department of Trade and Industry in 1970. In 1975 it moved to the Department of Trade and then in 1984 returned to the Department of Transport. In 1992 it became part of the Marine Safety Agency and was renamed the Registry of Shipping. In 1997 both of these bodies came under the governance of the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions.

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