Prior to 1972 all RN personnel were given their service
record when they discharged. For pension purposes the RN retained pay details.
Therefore the only information held on RN personnel who served prior to
1972 are their Service details (number, rank, name etc) and a list of dates
and ships/shore bases.
Certificate of Kinship
Information from the personal record of a deceased Ex-serviceman/woman can
be released only
with the consent of the official Next of Kin. The Certificate
of Kinship form aims to identify
whose consent is required and
the data you provide will be used only in connection with
your enquiry. This form is retained for 2 years should you have subsequent
To download the Certificate of Kinship form, please click
A Subject Access Requests (SAR) form
needs to be completed in order to access records.
The following address should be used for all Royal Navy and
Royal Marine Enquiries
RN Disclosures Cell
Telephone: 02392 628672