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.
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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File contents: 1 plain text readme file; 1 CSV inventory file; 122 plain text files.
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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