frequently asked questions
Updated 26 January, 2008

On this page we answer the questions that readers commonly ask us. If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to e-mail us.

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Who runs this site?

Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1945 (www.admirals.org.uk) is a sister site to the H.M.S. Hood Association's web site at www.hmshood.com . Both sites are run primarily by Frank Allen and Paul Bevand, though the Hood site, having been in existance for almost a decade, has developed a large number of contributors. We hope that in time, this site too will also have numerous contributors.

Why another site?

The Hood site offers probably the largest resource of transcribed Admiralty documents on the web. On reviewing the Hood site, we found that a number of the ADM documents we had were, in fact, only tenuously linked to Hood and began to question whether they should be on the site at all. Having said that, they were of potential interest to many people who follow naval history. Few transcribed ADM documents are available on other sites which is a pity as there is much interesting material at the National Archives which remains unavailable to anyone not able to get there in person.

There is also a definite shortfall in the information available about the careers of Flag Officers. Some articles exist on the more famous men but no site exists where the coverage can be considered extensive either in the detail offered or the breadth of coverage. We have a strong interest in the careers of Flag Officers which has grown as a result of research into the Captains and Admirals who had served in Hood. We decided to expand this work to fill the gap mentioned in the previous paragraph. We therefore decided to set up another site.

What do you hope to do with the new admirals site?

Our aim is "to provide a comprehensive on line resource for archival Admiralty documents and information on Royal Navy Flag Officers during the years 1904 to 1945."

We intend to do this by making available previously unpublished information, mainly from the service records of individual officers.

Additionally, we will be offering transcriptions of ADM documents. Other sections of the site will develop in due course. We hope to include transcriptions of books which have gone out of copyright, a database of published works and a section for younger enthusiasts to help with school projects etc.

Why 1904 to 1945?

1904 is significant as it saw 'Jackie' Fisher appointed as First Sea Lord. Fisher's influence over the Royal Navy in the early 20th century was immense. The end of World War 2 in 1945 represents the end to the age of the Battleship and Battle Cruiser.

How will the site develop?

Slowly, we imagine. Our priority will remain as the Hood Association site www.hmshood.com Progress will be more rapid if we get some help - see 'How can I help?' below.

Initially we intend to develop the site as follows:

Short term

Longer term

How can I find out what has been added to the site?

All new content is listed on the home page www.admirals.org.uk. Always be sure to check that page first when visiting the site. Additionally, on the four main ranks page for individual officers show the date of last amendment in the right hand column.

How can I help?

The site will progress more quickly if there are more than two of us working on it. Anyone wishing to help us is most welcome. There are many ways in which you may be able to help us.

Transcription work

Photos

Book reviews

Development of the 'For Kids' Section

If you could help out in any of the ways described above, please contact us for more details.

I have a relative who was an Admiral!

Great. It's always good to hear from relatives of the men who are the central part of the site. You may be able to help in many ways - we always need photographs of Admirals, we also welcome any original insight that you can give into any individual officers be that in the form of a narrative or access to documents which you hold. Please contact us for more details.