The Royal Naval Reserves


My Ditty Box

The Duke of Montrose

1952                        Jonathan Cape, London

Autobiography of this great  man who did so much to form the RNVR, the precursor to our present Naval Reserves


The RNVR:  A Record of Achievement

J Lennox Kerr & Wilfred Granville

1957                        Harrap

History of the development of the RNVR, with an emphasis on WWII.


The History of the Royal Naval Reserve

Frank C Bowen

1926                        Reprinted from Lloyd’s List

The history of the RNR before its amalgamation with the RNVR.


Courage in Adversity

Michael Forsyth-Grant

1990                        Pentland Press, Edinburgh

Humorous and lively autobiography of an ex-member of Tay Division


London’s Navy: A Story of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Gordon Taylor

1983                        Quiller Press, London

A history of the London Division, RNVR, which covers much ground common for the RNVR as a whole.



R S Allison

1973                        Privately published for Ulster Division RNR

The history of the Ulster RNVR and their Drill Ship, an ex World War I cruiser, and the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland.  Much of the material covers the RNVR in general.


The Hood Battalion

Leonard Sellers

1995                        Pen & Sword Books Ltd

The RNVR was mobilised at the start of WW1 as the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division and were sent to fight as soldiers in the retreat through Belgium, then Gallipoli and Flanders.


The Royal Naval Division

Jerrold, Douglas

c1927                        London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd

With an introduction by Winston Churchill, who was responsible for the formation of the Royal Naval Division.


Tay Division Royal Naval Reserve 1861-1994

Roderick Stewart & Anna Kettles

1994                        Privately Published, available from Unicorn gift shop.