The Royal Naval Division, later 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, was formed at the outbreak of the Great War. Although serving with distinction both at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, its short history has led to it largely being forgotten. Subjected to ridicule at its conception, Winston's Little Army would earn a reputation second to none and undertake the most difficult of objectives, but at terrible cost. My own interest stems from my Grandfather serving throughout the war with the Division and it is only when I started researching his story that I started to understand the remarkable history of the Royal Naval Division itself. There is a good quantity of information regarding the RND scattered around, attempts to pull some of this information together.

Royal Naval Division .info Souvenir photograph at HMS Crystal Palace
Souvenir photograph at Crystal Palace

Please Note I am neither historian nor author and I am certainly not an expert on the Royal Naval Division, military matters or WW1 but just have a keen interest in the Division. concentrates more on the Naval side of the Division rather than the army elements and more the fighting battalions than the divisional units. As my own research progresses this may change.

For those with an interest in the Army Brigade, I highly recommend the websites 4th Bedfordshire in the Great War and 10th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Both give excellent detailed accounts of the battalions which were integral to the Royal Naval Division on the Western Front.

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A guide to
Timeline   An indexed history of the Royal Naval Division from its formation until disbandment
Organisation The units of the Royal Naval Division through the war
Shute's Proposals Major General Shute's recommendations for the Royal Naval Division
Galleries Royal Naval Division images from Antwerp to Cambrai
Personnel Gallery Gallery and short service history of the men of the Royal Naval Division
Detailed Personnel Detailed service histories including contributions from family members
Service Numbers A guide to the service numbers used by the Royal Naval Division. Provided by Lt. Cdr. Stewart, RNR
Victoria Cross Recipients London Gazette Victoria Cross announcements for Royal Naval Division recipients
Internees & POWs Life for those interned in Holland and men taken as prisoners of war
Oswald Hanson The most senior officer on the train derailed at Moerbeke
Richard Bendyshe Deal's Brevet Lt.-Colonel met a tragic end
Edwin Dyett The court martial leading to the solitary execution of the Royal Naval Division
Arthur Asquith Described by Sir Bernard Freyberg VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO*** as the bravest man he ever knew

Further recommended reading is available on the Related Links page, whilst the Research page gives a few pointers to tracing the history of the men of the Royal Naval Division.

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