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Popular Features. New Releases. Description This concise guide to naval history and naval records is essential reading and reference for anyone researching the fascinating story of Britain's Navy and the men and women who served in it.


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Whether you are interested in the career of an individual seaman, finding out about a medal winner or just want to know more about a particular ship, campaign or operation, this book will point you in the right direction. Simon Fowler assumes the reader has little prior knowledge of the Navy and its history. His book shows you how to trace an officer, petty officer or rating from the seventeenth century up to the s using records at the National Archives and elsewhere.

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In each section he explains which records survive, where they can be found and how they can be used for research. He also recommends resources available online as well as books and memoirs.


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His handbook is a valuable research tool for anyone who is keen to find out about the career of an ancestor who served in the Royal Navy or was connected with it. Simon Fowler is a leading authority on military and family history and a prolific writer on these subjects. He once edited the National Archives' family history magazine Ancestors.

As well as publishing many articles in magazines and journals, he has written several well-known books on military and family history, including: Tracing Your Army Ancestors, A Guide to Military Historyon the Internet and Tracing Your Ancestors.

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Add to basket. Review quote "a fine addition to a personal or genealogical library for anyone interested in Royal Naval ancestors, British military and any British Isles reference collection because of the sheer number of families with maritime ancestors. About Simon Fowler Simon Fowler is a professional writer, researcher and historian, specializing in family and military history.

He has made a particular study of the First World War, and has long been interested in how Britain, and Europe, readjusted to post-war conditions. His historical publications include The Open University.

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A History and The Oddfellows He has taught courses on war and society at several universities and currently teaches this subject at The Open University. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

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Sign up now. Somethimes called the 'Wavy Navy' because of the pattern of officers rank braid. Most officers recruited during wartime were granted temporary commissions in the RNVR. Royal Marines RM — naval infantry troops who served at sea and on land.


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