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james_harvey
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Hi All

What ranks do the ERA branch follow?

Is a ERA 5th Class a OD

ERA 4th Class equivalent to a AB

3rd Class Leading Seaman

2nd and 1st Class a Petty Officer 1st and 2nd Class

CERA 2nd and 1st Class a CPO

KInd Regards

James

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James,

Rank structure for Engine Room Artificer's

4 Chief ERA 1st Class CPO

5 Chief ERA 2nd Class CPO

13 ERA 1st Class CPO

14 ERA 2nd Class CPO

15 ERA 3rd Class CPO

16 ERA 4th Class CPO

17 Acting ERA 4th Class CPO

58 ERA 5th Class L.H.

106 Boy Artificer Boy

There is a train of thought that Ratings in the Royal Navy did not have rank, it was essential to have a structure of rank and command so it was legal to give orders to subordinates. The number to the left is their standing in the pecking order. The Engine Room Artificer's holding substantial standing, only the Master at Arms, Chief Writer and Schoolmaster were superior to the Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st and 2nd Class.

Regards Charles

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Hi Charles

In uniform would they all were the 3 buttons that symbolise a CPO?

How could you tell the different class's of ERA i suppose the trade badge may have given it away?

Kind Regards

James

Charles where would i find a complete list of seniority for rates?

Many thanks for all your help

James

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James,

Chief ERA's and ERA's 1 to Acting 4th wore three large gilt buttons on each cuff with no trade badge.

List of Rank and Command is in Kings Regulations and Admiralty Instructions 1913 Vol II Appendix VX Part I

Regards Charles

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Charles,

Is King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions 1913 Vol II Appendix VX Part I available in reprint or does one have to seek an original?

With best wishes,

David

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Charles,

Many thanks. Have just put it into abebooks and nothing showed at present - but I'll keep looking. Thanks for the tip.

With best wishes,

David

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