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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Ratley
First Name:Peter
Rank:Leading Stoker
Birth Date: 00-00-1846
Branch:Victorian Navy

Peter Ratley

aka Peter Searle

 Leading Stoker

Photo of Peter after 1892 courtesy of Bruce Watts.

  • Born in 1846.
  • Joined the Victorian Navy on 23 February 1885. (Changed birthdate to April 1851.)
  • Received a Long Service & Good Conduct Medal in 1902 - Long Service & Good Conduct Medals to the Permanent Members of the Royal Australian Navy 1902 to 1956, A.O. Chaffey, West Launceston, Tasmania.
  • "Discharged owing to reduction in Naval Forces Consequent on retrenchment" sometime after 31 August 1902.

Courtesy of Catherine and Bruce Watts, Peter's Long Service & Good Conduct Medal is on
loan & can be viewed as part of the Victorian Navy display in the Geelong Maritime Museum.


 More details on this person can be found in Peter's Certificate of Service in the Victorian Navy


The Argus, 14 May 1917

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.