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

rn training maual land ops

gunnery drill

1914 regs

naval ammo

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

The National Archives, Ruskin avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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 National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NE, http://www.rmg.co.uk

Equire about the Caird Library and book well in advance.

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

Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3NH, www.historicdockyard.co.uk

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), www.fleetairarm.com

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.




From 1860 the British Army kept a record of all new equipment including Royal Naval webbing in its 'List of Changes' published in numerical order by the War Department in their monthly circular announcing when the patterns were sealed (design finalised) and published (production begun) and all subsequent modifications however minor were noted and numbered ;

LoC 1556 1867 pattern

1856 pattern

LoC 3969 1880 pattern

LoC 5540 1888 pattern

LoC 6434 1890 pattern

LoC 11110 1901 pattern

LoC 23254 1919 pattern


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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 colours or Peter Scott western atlantic shades (plus a Mountbatten pink) with their official designation shown top left. 

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 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 jerry_lloyd@hotmail.co.uk