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Subject: Re: [TGF] [KENT-ENG] Navy Service Record - Need Opinions.
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 21:46:18 -0000 (GMT)
May I point out that a Warrant Officer is not a commissioned officer so
your mans changing status is not so strange if for any reason he had
stepped over the mark!
I may be wrong but I think that had he held a commission he would not have
been demoted but given the order of the boot!
Kind regards, Dennis Bramble.
I have been working on a case of a man who served as a gunner in the Royal
> Navy of England from 1803 to at least 1835. I've posted his compiled
> service record here: http://millenealogy.com/Temporary_Images.html. These
> records were created for many reasons, but were most likely created when a
> pension was being awarded. This is backed up by the numerical
> What I found odd about this record is that William George Searles is
> moving back and forth during his career between commissioned and ordinary.
> Yet for his entire service, barring 1803-1806 when he was merely a rating
> and not a warrant officer he was the gunner, a position known as a warrant
> officer. Yet he moves back and forth between commissioned and ordinary. I
> would have expected that once he attained commissioned status he would
> have remained as such.
> Can anyone shed any light on what is going on here? Any further
> information gleaned from this record would be welcomed as well--two (or
> more) eyes are better than one and I'm sure that I have not gleaned
> everything possible from this record.
> A second note is that I am attempting to research the careers of each of
> these ships with some success, but who couldn't use more? If you have any
> suggestions on sources to use when researching navy men I would highly
> appreciate it.
> Thank You,
> Christy Fillerup
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