Royal Naval Division 1914 – 1919

Royal Naval Division 1914 – 1919

This dataset is the Jack Clegg Memorial Database of Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War and is a register of the deaths of Royal Naval Division servicemen who served in WW1. The sources for the database are the original service records housed at The National Archives and all sources that list RND casualties. The database is available online at

The Jack Clegg Memorial Database of Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War is regarded as the definitive Roll of Honour for the RND. Prior to the compilation of the database there were many errors and omissions, many cases have been forwarded to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which has resulted in 70 RND servicemen being added to their database. Deaths of ex RND servicemen up to 1926 have been included in the database.

Royal Naval Division Family History

The Royal Naval Division was formed in WW1 and the men served as Infantrymen fighting alongside their colleagues in the Army if required. The division consisted of 2 Naval Infantry Brigades and 1 Royal Marine Brigade. By the end of the war much of the RND had been disbanded.

There is an excellent introduction to the Database and history of the Royal Naval Division by Jack Marshall on the’s Knowledge Base pages.


Using the database

What can you expect to find on the database records?

I ran a search using the name Robert Smith and found this entry.

Name Robert Smith
Number Tyneside z/245
Rank Able Seaman
Service Branch Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Unit Hawke Battalion
Date of Birth 18 April 1895
Date of Death abt. December 1921
Cause of Death Died after discharge (invalided)
Service History
Enlisted 7 October 1914
Hawke Battalion B 20 Feb 1915 – 13 Nov 1916
Multiple gun shot wounds
invalided to UK
12 Dec 1916 – 21 Aug 1917
Demob to civil employment at Palmers Shipbuilding co. Jarrow on Tyne 9 Feb 1918
Remob. on admission to 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle on Tyne 26 Feb 1918
Discharged invalided at Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar for "Fracture & Malunion left clavicle", issued Silver War Badge
Burial unknown
1923 ADM/171 = St.V.B. issued to Widow, IC/2029/1923
  A driller
Born 18 April 1895
Mother Sarah Jane Fitzpatrick, 10 Drury Lane, Jarrow-on-Tyne

So it can be seen that much can be found from a search of these records. A search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website drew a blank even though it imagewould seem likely that Robert died from complications of his injuries whilst serving in the RND.

I can recommend searching this database if you have even the slightly suspicion that an ancestor may have been in the Royal Naval Division. The database can be searched on the by yearly subscription or Pay As You Go credits.

Below is a table setting the Naval ranks and their equivalent Army rank.

Naval Rank Army Rank
Able Seaman Private
Able Seaman Higher Grade Lance Corporal
Leading Seaman Corporal
Leading Seaman Higher Grade Lance Sergeant
Petty Officer Sergeant
Chief Petty Officer Company Sergeant Major
Sub Lieutenant 1st Lieutenant
Lieutenant Captain
Lieutenant Commander Major
Commander Lieutenant Colonel


Image – Infantry from the British Royal Naval Division in training on the Greek island of Lemnos during the Battle of Gallipoli, 1915.