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Extracts from the Admiralty Manual of Seamanship, 1915

Yeoman of Signals George Smith, 1916 (click to enlarge)




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Also Notes on Warrant Officers




Lieutenant  John Hunter RNVR (Canada) c 1917
(courtesy Andy Hunter)

Able Seaman (Gunner) Edward Hales 1914
(courtesy, Frank Hales)
Signals Officer, Men and Boys,
light cruiser HMS Cassandra, 1917



Warrant Officers


Most Royal Navy and Royal Marine ranks are straightforward - Boy to Chief Petty Officer, Midshipman to Admiral of the Fleet, but in the middle are the sometimes puzzling Warrant Officers, a rank that was only discontinued in 2010.


Following are a list of what I  believe to be the Warrant Officer ranks existing in the World War 1 period. Any corrections would be appreciated:

Artificer Engineer, Chief Artificer Engineer, Boatswain, Carpenter, Chief Boatswain, Chief Carpenter, Chief Gunner, Chief Signal Boatswain, Gunner, Mate, Mate (E), Signal Boatswain, Warrant Electrician, Warrant Engineer, Warrant Mechanician, Warrant Officer, Warrant Schoolmaster, Warrant Shipwright, Warrant Telegraphist, Warrant Victualling Officer, Warrant Wardmaster, Warrant Writer.


Correction with thanks to Jim Kemp, 7 Mar 2013 -  Clerk  and Assistant Clerk were not warrant officers. The Clerk was a Midshipman in the Paymaster specialisation; Assistant Clerk a Naval Cadet in the same specialisation. The rank progression was Asst Clerk to Clerk to Asst Paymaster (later Sub Lieutenant Paymaster).




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