Monday, September 26, 2005

Seamens' service records online

Howard Benbrook from the Guild pointed out that the registers of seamens' service records are now available from the TNA website. I downloaded all the Hollyer, Holyer and Hollier names and bought the record of my grandfather's brother George William Hollyer who died in 1915 in an explosion on the HMS Mohawk. Even if you only look at the indexes, it often gives the precise the date of birth, which is useful. In George's case, he quoted a birth date one year earlier than it actually was. Perhaps he got into the navy early when he enlisted in 1909.


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