I’m preparing an Online Magazine post for the Navy Records Society on a chap named Thomas Richards who kept the most fabulous diaries. We’ve got a couple of photographs of him and I was hoping someone might be able to offer some information about the rank, uniform, medals shown. Many thanks.
He is wearing full-dress uniform. Two & half stripes indicates Lt Cdr (post 1914) or Lt over 8 yrs seniority) pre-1914. Curls in stripes are & no colour between them are for Executive Branch (Seamen – eligible for ship command). The oddity is that the curl seems to be the wrong way round (‘going astern’ as we used to say). Will pass to Alastair Wilson who tends to be more expert on these matters.
re: Shoulder boards. The decoration was dependant on rank – the higher rank, the more decoration.
From Dress Reg’s, in the Navy List of 1918, when referring to Devices which may appear on Epaulettes:
The Epaulette devices of the several ranks are as follows:
Admiral of the Fleet – a crown, crossed batons surrounded by a wreath of laurel
Admiral – a crown, crossed sword and baton, two large stars
Rear Admiral – a crown, crossed sword and baton, one large star
Commodores and Captains over 3 years seniority – a crown, two small stars, anchor and chain cable
Captain under 3 years seniority – a crown, and anchor and chain cable
Lieutenant Commander – one large star, and anchor and chain cable
Lieutenant, Sub-Lieutenant – an anchor and cable chain
The photo shows him with the epaulettes for Lieutenant Commander