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S.B Abbreviation after man's name in Station Records
liv
I've been going through ADM 175 Coastguard Station records, and have noticed that from the 1850's onwards a lot of the men have an abbreviation that looks like S.B. after their names, some others C.G. or C.P.
Hoping someone can explain what this means, is it anything to do with Crimean or Baltic conflict?

Olivia
 
crimea1854
Olivia

In answer to your question, yes it is related to the Crimean War. During this conflict the navy was faced with a manpower shortage and drafted in some 2700 Coastguards, mainly into the Baltic Fleet. After the war resposibility for the CG Service passed to the Admiralty and men eligible for sea service during the next crisis were classed as Seaman Boatman (S.B ), men no longer fit for active service were classed as Civilian Boatman (C.B ) or Civilian Guards (C.G ).

Martin
Edited by crimea1854 on 08/05/2021 07:53
 
liv
Thank you Martin, that explains a lot.

Olivia
 
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