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Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - World War I Prefixes


B = Tay         F = Forth         J = Clyde         K = South Wales         M = Mersey      
N = Tyne      Q = London     U = Ulster       V = Severn                  X = Sussex        
Y = Admiralty Commanding Reserves             Z = Solent


Special World War One Entrants

B (1-4)       Bristol men from civilian life joining the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve                          (RNVR) before 4th April 1914
BZ             Bristol men from civilian life joining the RNVR after 31st August 1914
C(1-6)        Clyde men from civilian life joining the RNVR before 5th September 1914
KP             Crystal Palace.
KW            Men entered in the 1st Brigade, Royal Naval Division from Kitchener’s army
KX             Men entered in the 2nd Brigade, Royal Naval Division from Kitchener’s army
M(1-7 )       Mersey men from civilian life joining the RNVR before 31st August 1914
PZ             Crystal Palace men from civilian life
R               Men entered from the army for service in the Royal Naval Division after
                  May 1916
T(1-6)         Tyne men from civilian life joining the RNVR before 7th September 1914
TZ             Tyne men from civilian life joining the RNVR after 7th September 1914
WZ             South Wales men from civilian life
ZP              Crystal Palace prefix with 0. Numbers 1-3000
ZW             Men entered from civilian life to the 1st Brigade, Royal Naval Division
ZX              Men entered from civilian life to 2nd Brigade, Royal Naval Division


Prefixes used by the RNVR, but not solely confined to the RNVR

CMB           Coastal Motor Boat Reserve.
MB             Motor Boat Reserve





© Royal Naval Museum Library 2002
The information contained in this fact sheet is correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the library for a bibliography of further reading materials, if available.




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