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Please excuse me, but I have had little experience with Naval records - so I may be being naïve. I'm trying to download the records for a Wilfred Henry Richards from the NA website, but my browser keeps timing out.

Anyway, I notice two records for Wilfred under the ratings number M20726 and again under J51014. Why would he have changed number?

Many thanks for any advice.


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Change of branch. He enlisted as a seaman ('J') and transferred to the miscellaneous branch ('M') as a painter and he was serving in that branch when he died on 16/7/1918.

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Many thanks for the reply. I'm trying to track down more information on him, but there's little data (that I can find) on the ship he went down with: Q-Ship HMS Anchusa.

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