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I have attached one of my relatives royal navy service record. Can anyone make out what the name of the ship is at the bottom and whether he served in the first world war please?? Any help much appreciated.

Nikki

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Looks like President IV

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PRESIDENT IV, London Accounting Base 1918 to 1926 Admiral Commanding Coastguard and Reserves. He was in the Coastguard, was he a telegraphist when he was in the RN?.

Regards Charles

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Hi,

I think W. Halliday was a Coastguard. His rank of Chief Officer is a Coastguard rank.

Southern Torcross, Lyme Regis, Rathmullen and St Anthony are (or were at that time) Coast Guard Stations.

Many men transferred to the Coastguard Service after about 10 years in the Royal Navy. Check back in your document and you may see a change of rating about 10 years after he signed on, from RN to Coastguard.

Hope this helps.

Martin

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w_halliday.doc

I have attached one of my relatives royal navy service record. Can anyone make out what the name of the ship is at the bottom and whether he served in the first world war please?? Any help much appreciated.

Nikki

This looks like a Merchant Navy Service record. Certainly not RN.

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He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 20/04/1898 and on the 17th February 1906 he was Promoted 'Chief Boatman in Charge'. The Coastguard in those days was part of the Royal Navy it transfered to the Board of Trade and Commisioners for Customs and Excise in 1924.

Regards Charles

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In his earlier service he might have fought in some of the colonial wars such as Egypt and the Sudan. Can you post his previous ships?

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Here is some more of his record......can I just say thanks to everyone for your replies, I am a complete novice at this!!

I have attached the beginning of his record - can anyone tell from this where he would have been and what he would have been involved in?

And what does the coastguard bit mean?

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Hi Nikki32,

As previously mentioned the latter part of William Halliday's career was in the Coastguard, and from his record it seems he was mainly employed at Coastguard Stations in Ireland.

I have just discovered the following site:

http://www.coastguardsofyesteryear.org

which will tell you a lot about the Coastguard Service.

Regards,

Martin

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Your relative served on ships during the transition between sail and steam.

Her Majesty's Ship Impregnable training ship. Picture and description

http://www.plymouthdata.info/Royal%20Naval...ing%20Ships.htm

HMS Rapid Wooden Screw Sloop

HMS Duke of Wellington, screw ship of the line. Pictures

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/duke_of_wellington.htm

Northampton armoured cruiser, also called a frigate. John Arbuthnot Fisher (later First Sea Lord, twice, including at the start of WWI) was Flag Captain (principle captain to an Admiral) of HMS Northampton from September 1879 to January 1881 on the North America and West Indies station. Pictures

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/nels...S%20Northampton

HMS Neptune masted turret ship. Pictures

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_neptune1.htm

HMS Bacchante iron screw corvette. Pictures

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/bacchante_class.htm

With a topical connection HMS Bacchante qualified for the Indian General Service Medal 1854 with clasp for Burma 1885-7; the alphabetical medal roll is offline at Kew on microfilm in ADM171/44.

HMS Shannon armoured cruiser. Pictures

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_shannon.htm

HMS Excellent was a gunnery ship (formally HMS Queen Charlotte) a wooden first rate ship like Victory. It was NOT based at Whale island the later gunnery training school.

http://www.memorials.inportsmouth.co.uk/ot...t/charlotte.htm

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Ranks Boy 2nd Class

Boy 1st Class

Ordinary Seaman

Able Seaman

Leading Seaman

Petty Officer 2nd Class

Transferred to the Coast Guard in 1888.

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