A large number of Naval handbooks and pamphlets have survived and are available in the public domain which are an excellent source of information, second hand bookshops sometimes turn up a nugget so are always worth a rummage and on-line auction sites see them crop up from time to time so some good titles for your auto search are ;

Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms and Field Pieces for the Use of Her Majesty's Ships

Royal Naval Handbook of Field Training

Royal Naval Field Service Pocket Book

Royal Naval Handbook of Small Arms Courses for His Majesty's Fleet

Rifle and Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet

Appendix to The Navy List

Naval Ratings Handbook

Kings Regulations and Admiralty Instructions

Manual of Seamanship

To do your own research you may find the following addresses useful ;

The National Archives, Ruskin avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU,

You will need to obtain a readers ticket and some form of I.D. will be required so plan and book well in advance, their website has details of independent researchers you can employ.

The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ,

You will need to plan and book a study appointment well in advance or enquire about independent researchers.

The National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF,

Enquire about the Caird library and once again book well in advance.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (pp66), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3NH,

Research fees may apply if using staff or arrange to view data yourself at the library reading room.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset,

BA22 8HT (sat nav BA22 8HW),

The archive room is open to researchers on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only (charges will apply) contact their curatorial department to arrange a study visit.


The old postcards used as buttons on the home page are from top to bottom ;

H.M.S. Boscawen at Portland - Portland - Gibraltar - Crystal Palace - Pembroke - Devonport - H.M.S. Defiance at Devonport (Saltash) - Cromarty - Osborne - Portsmouth - H.M.S. Vernon at Portsmouth - Chatham - Sheerness - Dartmouth - Greenwich.

The page background colours are in WW2 Admiralty disruptive camouflage or Peter Scott Western Atlantic shades (plus a Lord Mountbatten pink) with their official designations seen on the top left (hopefully they will find you as they leave me) unless dated most of the WW1 (and all of the Victorian webbing) are reproductions, I make no apology for this as the trouble with 100 year old webbing is it looks 100 years old so to illustrate how freshly issued items may have looked I chose to go with newly made items.

I am indebted to the staff of the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London for their invaluable assistance with the Victorian pages.

Please note the total lack of medal ribbons always omitted as a mark of respect.

Jerry Lloyd e-mail