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My great grandfather was a skipper in the RNR in WW1. I would like to know what he actually did or indeed if he did anything. I have a medal in the shape of a 4 point star with crossed swords and the years 1914-1915 on it and WSA 860 J W Wright SKR RNR on the back and a copy of an admiralty document dated Jan 1915 appointing him as a skipper in the RNR. Does anyone know how I can find out which ship he was on and what it did. My father says he would have been on a minesweeper but we have no evidence of this. I would be very grateful for any help.

olgadp

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His RNR service record card, including ships served in, is available from two sources:

The original cards are held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. E-mail to order a a copy.

NA have microfiche copies of the originals and can also provide (generally inferior) copies via their website.

Neither is available on-line

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Welcome to the forum,

Trawlers were used as part of the Auxiliary Patrol; they fulfilled a variety of tasks of which mine sweeping was a huge part. As skipper he commanded the ships that he was on. The medal that you have is the 1914-15 Star; he would also have qualified for two other medals: the British War and Victory Medals.

Royal Naval Reserve records are stored in service number order. Pals can do a look up/ copy for them from the UK National Archives or you can request a copy from their shop online facility. The Fleet Air Arm Museum has very limited research facilities, their current information is below:

http://www.fleetairarm.com/pages/research/

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olgadp

You GG was skipper of the Hired Drifter ETHNEE, date of seniority 14.1.15

She was a North Shields Drifter, Port Reg. SN 227, built 1913 of 86TG. Admiralty No. 754.

Requisitioned in 1915 and used as a net barrier tender based in Dover.

On 15.1.18 she was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands near Fork Light. No casualties.

Regards John

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The Fleet Air Arm Museum has very limited research facilities, their current information is below:

http://www.fleetairarm.com/pages/research/

Per is correct to point this out. However, although formal, in-depth research facilities at the FAAM are suspended as described, there is still a service to copy personnel records for those who do not require more effort.

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Guest Autolycus

olgadg, I hope you are still on this forum. I have been given a picture of the crew of H.M.D. Ethnee. I assume that your relation is the captain. Would you like to have it? Autolycus.

 

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Autolycus  the OP last visited in 2009, but a PM might reach him.

 

Keith

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   And if an idiot may tag on a related question as he doesn't know the answer- what is the situation re ships' logs for ammed trawlers?   I have a local casualty, Lt-Cdr Walter Hawthorn, RNR, lost with HMAT Columbia on 1st May 1915. I would like to know more about his war service from September 1914 but am drawing a blank-even though he received 2 letters of commendation from Their Lordships.

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wightspirit- Dave-Thanks for the references-which I have chased. I think there is more buried away about him in the records at Kew-but mastering the method of record keeping by Their Lordships is a life's work in itself.

  If you search on his name on this Forum, you may find it of interest.

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