Catalogue description Admiralty: Royal Navy Seamen's Services Continuous Record (CR) Cards

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Details of ADM 363
Reference: ADM 363
Title: Admiralty: Royal Navy Seamen's Services Continuous Record (CR) Cards

The records in this series are Royal Naval Continuous Record cards (two cards for each record) which act as a continuation of service of those servicemen maintained within ledgers up to 1929 and for those who enlisted prior to 1923.

The records detail:

  • Forename;
  • Surname;
  • Place of birth;
  • Occupation;
  • Service number;
  • Date and Period of Engagements;
  • Physical Attributes (eg. age, height, chest measurement, hair and eye colour, wounds or marks);
  • Details of Ships Served In;
  • Ratings;
  • Periods of Service;
  • Character and Ability;
  • Details of Badges;
  • Classes for Conduct.

Date: 1925-1939

The cards as maintained by the Royal Navy were arranged by function (e.g. engineer, stoker, etc.) rather than date, and then by service number order. Each function is identified by a prefix identifier:

  • F - Fleet Air Arm.
  • J - Seaman and Communications Branch.
  • K - Stokers.
  • L - Officers' Cooks and Stewards.
  • M - Miscellaneous.
  • SS - Short Service, Seamen and Stokers.
  • SSX - Short Service Seamen.
  • Pensioners - no prefix.

These cards superseded the ledgers used from 1925 to 1929, which are contained within ADM 362.

The records were originally held in 512 volumes.

Related material:

See also:

ADM 188

ADM 362

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)

Admiralty, 1832-1964

Physical description: 77931 digital record(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 2015 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: No further accruals are anticipated.

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