Lieut. R.V. Williams, MRNVR, was the Gunnery Officer & Instructor to HMS Pelandok
Dear Mr. Gregory:
I hope you will forgive my trespassing upon your time, but I am conducting research on a gentleman who came from Australia and joined the Malayan RNVR.
Lieut. R.V. Williams, MRNVR, was the Gunnery Officer & Instructor to HMS Pelandok (training camp in Sembawang naval base, Singapore). He was mobilized in December 1940, captured in February 1942, and held as a POW in Sumatra.
Williams was released from the MRNVR in October 1947.
Given that Williams was a Gunnery Officer & Instructor, it would seem that he had some prior military/naval service--possibly in Australia, or even in Britain. What is the best way to go about uncovering any prior service?
Many thanks in advance. I look forward to hearing from you as time permits.
I have searched the Australian Government Roll for all who served in our Armed Services in WW2, there is no record for R V Williams, I have a 1940 Australian Navy List, he is not mentioned there.
Royal Navy Personnel Records are found here:
The records of British RN personnel are held at 3 different locations, depending primarily on the time when a person entered or served in the Navy or an auxiliary service.
1. MoD. Ministry of Defence,
2. Centurion. Naval Pay & Pensions (Accounts),
In both of the above archives, only written enquiries from next-of-kin are accepted, and a search fee is charged. There is an ongoing process of moving selected records from these locations to:
3. PRO. The Public Record Office,
Tel: +44 (0)181 876 3444
It is not possible to search PRO documents online, and the PRO does not undertake research on behalf of individuals. To access the documents held at the PRO one must either go there in person and obtain an entrance ticket, or employ a professional researcher to do the work for you. For more information on this, start at:
Sorry but I am not able to suggest where else you might look.