For over a century and a half, since the Uniform Regulations of 1856 were introduced, identification of rank amongst officers in the Royal Navy, its branches and its reserves has not been restricted to a single, or even small number, of insignia. Rank may be seen on jacket cuffs, on shoulder badges, on shoulder boards and on epaulettes. It may be seen on swords and buttons, and in the manner in which buttons are worn. Cap peaks indicate rank, as do collars, cocked hat ornaments and cuff slashes.
Ernest C Coleman entered the Royal Navy as a 'Junior', and left thirty-six years later as a Lieutenant. A life-long student of the Royal Navy's history, he has published several books on the subject including a two-volume history of the Royal Navy in polar exploration. Ernest has always had a fascination with the Royal Navy's insignia. In this book he has pulled together all the research he has done as the first of a trilogy of works covering officers, ratings, and associated branches of the services. Resident - Lincolnshire