Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

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Created in 1903, the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve provided much of the manpower Britain required to crew the massive number of vessels required during the Great War. In particular, the crews of the many trawlers and drifters brought into service was enriched by many R.N.V.R. personnel.

In early 1914 the R.N.V.R. was organised into six regional divisions further comprising 47 companies, the overall strength of which on 1 January, 1914, were:[1]

Royal Naval Volunteers Establishment Strength
Officers 213 178
Honorary Officers 25
Petty officers and men 4,612 4,127
Permanent Staff:—
Officers
Petty officers and men

7
82

7
80

The divisional strength of the R.N.V.R. on 1 January, 1914, was:[2]

Division Establishment Strength Officers[3]
Bristol 413 377 22
Clyde 1,434 1,243 56
London 1,025 886 45
Mersey 719 691 36
Sussex 617 495 24
Tyneside 617 613 31

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Statement of the First Lord of the Admiralty Explanatory of the Navy Estimates, 1914-1915. p. 16.
  2. Statement of the First Lord of the Admiralty Explanatory of the Navy Estimates, 1914-1915. p. 17.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1914). pp. 527-530. These data are technically as of 18 December, 1913.