|William Loney RN - Background|
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Personal data (first block)
This includes dates of birth, marriage and death, titles, honours or awards received and books written.
Rank data (second block)
This gives dates of promotion to rank of Lieutenant or above.
Service data (third block)
This gives dates of service (generally only as Lieutenant or above), afloat or ashore (including some honorary naval functions). Information on the end date of a commission is less common that that on the start date. If an end date is not given, it should not be assumed that a particular commission lasted until the start of the next one; many officers spent more time on half-pay (unemployed) than employed. The standard duration of commissions to ships was three years, but there were many exceptions. If appointed to a ship already on a foreign station, an officer sometimes only reached his ship many months after receiving his commission; in those few cases where I know this, I give the date he actually joined the ship. A 'date from' between (...) indicates a service that started at some unknown date earlier that the date shown.
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