This antique naval navigation book was used by WM Hore, who I have identified through the HMS Britannia intake log of January 1897, as Walter Mark Hore, throughout at least the first part of a career as a Royal Navy Officer. He has catalogued his service vessels – 1897 HMS Britannia training ship in Dartmouth, HMS Victorious at the China Station – The world famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott served as captain of the Victorious in 1906 – Summer Cruise 1899 China – Russia – Japan – China and the Winter Cruise in 1900 which sailed from Ireland to Portsmouth via Gibraltar and Portugal. After the Victorious he served aboard HMS Revenge and HMS Resolution of the Channel Squadron according to his notes.
Behind one of the glued on pages he has also written a note “5th Nov at War with the Transvaal”, a reference to his discovery of the Second Boer War. Also behind another glued page he has doodled some sort of fortified castle. There is also a note of how many days left he has before he can head home, and some other drawings. The book measures 17cm x 25cm and shows extensive wear and tear to the cover and some loose pages, tears and marks (please see photos). This is consistent with age and use aboard a Royal Navy vessel.
After much research, according to the National Archive records, Walter left the Navy for the Army in January 1901.He joined the Welsh Regiment in 1902 and sailed aboard the Olympia, part of the Anchor Line, to Bombay (modern day Mumbai) to serve in the East Indies. He rose to the rank of Major in The Welsh Regiment during WW1, and then joined the Liverpool Regiment.
Edit: You can view some more information about him here. These collectors found corresponding information to what I have listed above and more: http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/ww1-allies-great-britain-france-usa-etc-1914-1918/41st-welsh-regiment-officers-red-tunic-385254/
It appears he was wounded in France in WW1.
Perfect as a gift, display, or to add to a collection.