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Looking for grandfathers naval records.

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ArgyllGran Report 17 Apr 2023 10:40

Ernest A Wood
in the UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972
Name Ernest A Wood
Medal or Award Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal
Service Year 1914-1920
Service Location Europe
Campaign or Service World War I
Service Number J 14645


KathleenBell Report 15 Apr 2023 10:53

I have sent Kevin a message telling him he has replies on here.

Kath. x


ArgyllGran Report 13 Apr 2023 12:56

The record above is actually the record from when he rejoined in 1929.

Here's his earlier record:

Ernest Alfred Wood
in the UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939
Name Ernest Alfred Wood
Gender Male
Birth Date 27 Apr 1895
Birth Place Waltham Kent
First Service Date 17 Oct 1912
First Ship Served On Ganges
Last Service Date 21 Oct 1927
Last Ship Served On Nelson
Service Number J14645

Again, a long list of ships' names, and dates of service on each.

He started out as Boy 1, and gradually progressed to AB.

Occupation: farm boy.
Height: between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 8ins.
Dark brown hair.
Eyes recorded as grey - and also as blue.
Complexion "fresh" - but also "dark".
Scar on back of left hand.
Scar over left eye.


ArgyllGran Report 13 Apr 2023 12:52

On Ancestry:

Ernest Alfred Wood
in the UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939
Name Ernest Alfred Wood
Gender Male
Birth Date 27 Apr 1895
Birth Place Waltham, Kent
First Service Date 30 Apr 1829 [mistranscribed - I've submitted correction as 1929]
First Ship Served On Nelson
Last Service Date 12 Oct 1840 [ 1940 ]
Last Ship Served On Pembroke (DTSS)
Service Number J. 14645

Occupation [ before joining up ] : Farm boy.

Served as AB on many ships 1929-41. A long list of ships' names and dates.

"Released" 14/8/45

Kevin -
we don't use GR for records, as other sites are better.


KathleenBell Report 13 Apr 2023 11:09

There is this on Findmypast:-

First name(s) Ernest Alfred
Birth country England
Last name Wood
Archive The National Archives
Service number J14645
Archive reference ADM 188/676/14645
Birth year 1895
Record set British Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1924
Birth date 27 Apr 1895
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Birth place Waltham
Subcategory Regimental & Service Records
Birth county Kent
Collections from Great Britain, UK None

If you have access to Findmypast the original record is on there too which gives more information.

Kath. x


greyghost Report 12 Apr 2023 23:12

Have a read through the information on this site -

Also have a read of this from the National Archives site -


Kevin Report 12 Apr 2023 20:24

Why cant I find a single reference to my grandfather who served in the Navy in WW1 WW2. Having entered every possible detail for ERNEST ALFRED WOOD Naval record number J14645. there is NOTHING!! ZILCH, ZERO. Also searched on sister website Find my Past and thats even more vague!