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5986RE: [Peterhead] WW1 Naval Records

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  • Wade Buchan
    Jan 20, 2014

      Hi Jean,


      The records are available at The National Archives (UK).  William Buchan Cameron’s records are also available online to download for 3.36 pounds from this link http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D8514146

      He was a Deckhand (when he joined) in the Royal Naval Reserves Trawler Section, Number DA6619


      Which probably means HMS Summerton was a fishing drifter/trawler:

      Admiralty No.2440, BCK.126 Summerton, Tonnage: 83, Built: 1912, Armament: 1 x 3 pounder gun, net and minesweeper, Service: May 1915 to 1919 (Buckie registered drifter/trawler)


      It is unusual for a RNRT to have a cap with ship name on it, as they tended to move around.  Does the photo show the sleeves?


      I can also tell you he was issued with 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal (Reference ADM 171/120).


      If you do get a copy of his service records and have any further questions about it, I may be able to help.





      From: Peterhead@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Peterhead@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jean Cameron
      Sent: Monday, 20 January 2014 2:19 PM
      To: Peterhead@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Peterhead] WW1 Naval Records



      I am trying to locate records of my Father-in-law who lived in Peterhead until 1923 and served in the Navy 1914 - 1918 .  We have a photo of him wearing the uniform with a hatband of HMS Summerton.  I wonder if that would be a training ship and if so at what location.  If the records are not in Peterhead or Scotland, could you please give me the address to request them.  Hi name was William Buchan Cameron born July 8, 1896.   Thanks for any help you can give.  Jean Cameron

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