New records – Royal Naval Officers

There are 18,000 new records for Royal Navy Officers now available on Lives of the First World War. This rich record set provides details about various aspects of an individual’s military life, from the ships that they served in to training that they received. Here is just one example, the life story of Howard Volins Bartlett.

© Imperial War Museums (HU 96613)

© Imperial War Museums (HU 96613)

From the Naval Officer records available on Lives of the First World War, we can see that Howard was born on 1 April 1898. He entered service with the Royal Navy in January 1911, and during his career rose to the rank of Commander. During the First World War he served on board the following ships – Implacable, Royal Sovereign, Victory and Malaya. We can also find out about the qualifications that he received, and read fascinating insights into Howard’s character, as written by his superior officers.

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By researching other record sets available on Lives of the First World War, such as the 1901 and 1911 Census, we can also piece together aspects of Howard’s early life and details of his family. Howard was born in West Derby in Lancashire, to Samuel Bartlett and Emily Volins. Howard was one of five children, and the family lived in Blundellsands, Lancashire.  In 1911, aged 13, Howard was a naval cadet at the Royal Naval College on the Isle of Wight. We can also find out more about his experiences after the First World War by looking at marriage and death records, as well as external sources.  Howard can be found on lists of Retired Naval Officers in the inter-war period.  He married Angela Margaret Webster in 1939 in Chelsea, London. Howard died in Colchester, Essex in 1988.

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