The Royal Navy Research Archive aims to provide
virtual museum, giving access to a range of web materials related to RN ships, establishments,
units, and personnel, primarily from the start of World War One through into the 21st century. Content includes
articles, short histories and the reminiscences of the men and women
who served in the Royal Navy, WRNS, and Royal Marines.
are to material produced by others but hosted by the Royal Navy
The MONAB Story
- a history of the mobile airfields of
the Royal Navy - nine Mobile Naval Air Bases and one
Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard operated during
the last years of World War 2. Without the contributions
of these units and the men who served in them, British
forces could not have participated in the final stages
of the conflict in the Pacific.
[Last updated 09 June 2014]
Royal Navy Escort Carriers - the histories of the 45 vessels
of this type to serve with the Royal Navy - 39 U.S. & 6 U.K.
built ships, based on merchant hulls adapted to operate
as small aircraft carriers, they saw service in all
theatres of the war, operating in a variety of roles.
05 September 2014]
Fleet Air Arm Bases 1939 -
This site covers all Fleet Air Arm establishments, both at home
and overseas, including Air Stations, Air Sections, Air
Maintenance & Repair Yards, Lodger units at RAF bases, and
[under reconstruction - last updated 11
The British Pacific & East Indies Fleets - the story of the
units of the British Pacific & East Indies Fleets
[under reconstruction - last updated 05 June 2012]
- John Lawson's pages devoted to the WW2 escort
carrier on which he served during WW2
[Last updated 23 August 2010]
Short Unit Histories & Articles :
Sub Lieutenant (A)
William Anthony Clarke, RNVR (P) ****
Known as Tony, or 'Nobby', he joined the navy at 19 and
trained to be a pilot. During his career he flew fighter
panes from HMS ATTACKER and later served with a Fleet
|Requirements unit in the UK.
In search of Mike
Robin Knight describes the life and death of an
unsung British hero Mike Cumberlege D.S.O.* R.N.R.
[Last updated: 22 May 2014[
Lieutenant Pearce Trewhella
Lovelock DSC, RNVR ****
One of the first RNVR officers to see active service, Lt.
Lovelock commanded several small ships and spent most of his
service with the Eastern Fleet operating out of East Africa and
Ceylon in minesweeping trawlers.
[Last updated: 19 July 2014[
WRNS Ldg Officer's Steward Lois Lade
A short piece about Lois; time as an 'immobile' Wren working at
HMS Vernon (R) in Brighton during WW2
Paymaster Lieutenant Commander
Edward N. Hopkns
A short account of a naval carrier which began in 1896
and saw him serve in the troubles in Benin , the 4th Boxer
Rebellion and the First World War.
WRNS Torpedoman Barbara Sugden
Barbara enlisted in the WRNS with no expectation of what
role she would play in the war effort; imagine her surprise when
she was allocated to a branch newly opened to women. She was to
train as a Torpedoman and soon found herself working on depth
charges and gyro compasses, sometimes even at sea.
Telegraphist (S) Clifford Dennison
Trained as a specialist Telegraphist Clifford found himself at a
remote radio station in India working as part of the naval
signals intelligence organisation based at HMS Anderson in
Colombo, eavesdropping on Japanese morse code transmission.
Leading Coder (S) Dennis Mills
Dennis recalls his life in the royal navy as a national service
entrant 1952-54, He trained as a Coder (Special) and served at
H.M.S. Royal Albert in Germany before his demob and then ten
years in the reserves.
RN and RM vessels
Short histories of individual vessels or details
of flotillas, fleets or Task Forces.
The histories of Naval shore bases around the
globe, from Air Stations to Naval bases and dockyards.
stories of men and women who served at home and abroad in all
branches of the RN and RM.
Looking for service records or how to claim medals and badges?
to learn where to look for answers
Contribute your own materials to this archive
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'ABOVE & BEYOND'
The story of one man's journey to God during WW2
Author: Mark A. Biggs Click here to learn more