Catalogue description Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Royal Naval Reserve Ratings' Records of Service (Microfiche Copies)

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Details of BT 377
Reference: BT 377
Title: Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Royal Naval Reserve Ratings' Records of Service (Microfiche Copies)

This series contains microfiche copies of service record cards of Royal Naval Reserve ratings, mainly covering men who served during the First World War, maintained by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.

Digital copies of Royal Naval Reserve service records 1860-1955 can be searched and downloaded.

Date: 1908-1958
Related material:

A representative sample of earlier records of service cards covering the period 1890-1908 are preserved in original form as BT 164/20. Reference to these cards may be found in BT 377/7.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Originals held at:

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992

Physical description: 27 microform
Restrictions on use: The availability of these records was reviewed in 2013-2014. Records for individuals with a date of birth less than 100 years old are not available, but will be released gradually.
Access conditions: Available in digital format and microform only
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Defence

Custodial history: The Ministry of Defence held the records in order to respond to war pension queries. They did not, however, maintain or add to the records in their custody. It cannot be established when the records were passed from the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Approximately 139,800 cards were captured on the 5825 fiche that make up BT 377/7. The original cards contained many different coloured inks, as well as pencil written words, also the fact that these were working documents until the 1950s caused many of the cards to become badly soiled. Consequently, some of the information on the microfiche may not be legible on some of the images. The cards came to the Public Record Office in 2000 and were returned after being filmed. They were later presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Accumulation dates: File series ran from 1908 to 1955
Selection and destruction information: The originals were intended for disposal but were returned after completion of filming. All surviving record of service cards have been microfiched.

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