Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:57 pm
I have an ancestor - Joseph Scull - who joined the navy in 1898 at the age of 16. He served ont he follwing ships: Impregnable, Lion, Agincourt, Nile, Hyacinth, Cambridge, Lizard (?), Boomerang, Cambridge, Indus, New Zealand and Theseus, as well as six spells on Vivid.
After his 12 years engagement the record shows he joined RFR Devonport B4296. I think it is RFR, it could be T or J instead of the F.
He then rejoins on 2 August 1914, presumably as a result of WW1. Ships include Isis, Sutley/j and Vivid 1, 2 &3. One Vivid entry has TB108 in brackets. He served until 8 June 1921. I have various questions:
1) What was Vivid?
2) Is there any distinction between Vivid 1, 2 & 3?
3) What was the RFR Devonport.
4) Does TB108 stand for Torpedo Boat 108?
5) Why was he not demobbed until 1921 if the war ended in 1918?
Many thanks for any assistance, I'm very much a beginner in military history.