RN Service Certificates


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For those of you who may not yourselves have served but are researching RN ratings in the family, here is a useful worked example to help you read a rating's Service Certficate. There is the odd error and the odd howler but by and large it could be helpful.


Jack Dedman's brother served in the Army and was lost in WW1.
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Couple of little corrections to be made...
The change of pen and handwriting shows that 'William' was a later addition, as confirmed by the amendments on Page 2 and further. Since he was known in the family as Jack it's clear that the William part was his rarely-used 'Sunday' name.
At that period GCBs were granted after 3, 8 and 13 years VG for Conduct and his third badge was granted in April 1923 - not very clear on the Certificate but impossible to be anything else.
The 'Group 31' note following 'Porter' refers to the classification of that type of civilian occupation and was added late 1918/early 1919 as the Navy prepared for mass demobilisation.

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