Hi again...I have discovered that my very illusive G-Grandfather who served in the navy may have served on a ship called HMS Royal Oak.
The only HMS Royal Oak in service during his time c1885 - 1916, was the Royal Sovereign class battleship. This fits in quite well because his daughter, who is still very much alive, remembers that he had an accident in a sea-plane which was the cause of him leaving the service with a dissability pension. HMS Royal Oak was part of the 'Special Flying Squadron'
Now, I have tried to find a crew list for this ship on the National Archives site but aparantly the ship didn't exist. Where else might I find such a crew list. ??
Thanks for any info you might be able to provide.