Original OCR: no clean-up

164,326 ALTO XML files at page level

164,326 image files

METS metadata files at item level

29,440,470 lines and 93,514,853 words

Covers years 1913-1945


A Navy List is an ‘official list of naval officers, their ranks and seniority, the ships which they command or to which they are appointed, etc., that is published by the government or naval authorities of a country’.

The Navy Lists are a popular source of information for family historians.

This dataset gives details of officers who served in the British Royal Navy during the First and Second World Wars and covers the years  1913-1921 and 1939-1945.

The lists were issued monthly, bimonthly and quarterly.

It contains lists of active and retired officers and their roles. It includes the Royal Marines, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. It also gives details of naval ships and other vessels.

This dataset forms only a small part of the Library’s collection of Navy lists.

British Navy Lists

Rights information

Public domain

This collection is free of known copyright restrictions. For details visit the Library’s copyright page.


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File contents: 1 plain text readme file; 1,128 ALTO XML files; 1 METS file; 1,128 image files.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.34812/y3wn-j486

Dataset creator: National Library of Scotland

Dataset publisher: National Library of Scotland

Publication year: 2020

Suggested citation: National Library of Scotland. British Navy Lists. National Library of Scotland, 2020. https://doi.org/10.34812/y3wn-j486