RN Security-access to dockyards, etc.

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    Alan B
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    Naval dockyards were, supposedly, secure establishments. When did RN personnel, of all ranks, start carrying identity documents to allow access to dockyards and other secure installations? Was the wearing of RN uniform sufficient to gain entry or were identity/security checks on individuals performed?

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    Frank Scott
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    In days past the main movement of people by some margin was not naval personnel, but dockyard workers and civilian contractors. Even in the 1960s & early 70s I can recall the cloud of workers on their bikes coming out of Pompey dockyard at knocking off time.

    Proper naval uniform was a better check than you might think. The old ‘square rig’ in particular, with its seven horizontal creases in the trousers (ironed in while inside out), etc., took time to get used to & was very easy to get wrong. Anyone not used to wearing it would stand out like a sore thumb.

    My guess would be that proper ID did not come in until just prior to WW1.

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    Alan B
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    Thanks for that Frank. My original question should have asked what the requirements were prior to the Great War.

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