1900. The Royal Marine Depot Band brought up to strength and given offical recognition.
1900. Sunday18th February - 27th February. The Battle of Paardeburg. Major Urmston and Marchant and 160 Royal Marines.
1900. Wednesday 7th March. The Battle of Poplar Grove. Major Urmston and detachment of Royal Marines.
1900. Saturday 5th May. The Viet River. Major S.P. Peile and 70 men.
1900. Thursday 10th May. The Zand River. Major S.P. Peile and 80 men.
1900. The China 'Boxer Rebellion' was a violent anti-foreign and
anti-Christian movement which took place in China towards the end of
the Qing dynasty between 1898 and 1900. It was initiated by the Militia
United in Righteousness (Yihetuan), known in English as the 'Boxers',
and was motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and opposition to
foreign imperialism and Christianity trying to take over their country.
The Eight Great Powers that were trying to dominate the eastern part of
the world at that time consisted of Austria-Hungary, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and all
had a military presence to protect their share of the country.
1900. June. The Boxers convinced that they were invulnerable to foreign
weapons, converged on Beijing with the slogan 'Support the Qing,
exterminate the foreigners.' The Foreigners and Chinese Christians
sought refuge in the Legation Quarter, in response to reports of an
armed invasion to lift the siege. The initially hesitant Empress
Dowager Cixi supported the Boxers and on Monday 21st June authorised
war on the foreign powers. Diplomats, foreign civilians and soldiers as
well as Chinese Christians in the Legation Quarter were placed under
siege by the Imperial Army of China and the Boxers for 55 days. Chinese
officialdom was split between those supporting the Boxers and those
favouring conciliation, led by Prince Qing. The supreme commander of
the Chinese forces, Ronglu, later claimed that he acted to protect the
besieged foreigners. The Eight Nation Alliance, after being initially
turned back, brought 20,000 armed troops to China, defeated the
Imperial Army, and captured Beijing on Tuesday 14th August, lifting the
siege of the Legations. Uncontrolled plunder of the capital and the
surrounding countryside ensued, along with the summary execution of
those suspected of being Boxers.
The Marines played a prominent and major role during the rebellion. Captain Lewis Stratford Tollemache
Halliday RMLI (1870 - 1966) was wounded but carried on fighting and was
later awarded the Victoria Cross. This was also the first time the
British and American Marines had fought alongside each other.
1900. Tuesday 12th June. The Battle of Diamond Hill. Major Peile and 60 Royal Marines.
1900. Sunday 17th June. The Capture of the Military College in Tien-Tsin.
1900. Sunday 24th June. While serving in the Boxer Rebellion in China Captain
Lewis Stratford Tollemache Halliday RMLI. (1870-1966) was awarded
the Victoria Cross.
His Citation reads: On the Wednesday 24th
June 1900, the enemy, consisting of Boxers and Imperial troops, made a
fierce attack on the west wall of the British Legation, setting fire to
the west gate of the south stable quarters, and taking cover in the
buildings which adjoined the wall. The fire, which spread to part of
the stables, and through which and the smoke a galling fire was kept up
by the Imperial troops, was with difficulty extinguished, and as the
presence of the enemy in the adjoining buildings was a grave danger to
the Legation, a sortie was organised to drive them out. A hole was made
in the Legation Wall, and Captain Halliday, in command of twenty
Marines, led the way into the buildings and almost immediately engaged
a party of the enemy. Before he could use his revolver, however, he was
shot through the left shoulder, at point blank range, the bullet
fracturing the shoulder and carrying away part of the lung.
Notwithstanding the extremely severe nature of his wound, Captain
Halliday killed three of his assailants, and telling his men to "carry
on and not mind him," walked back unaided to the hospital, refusing
escort and aid so as not to diminish the number of men engaged in the
The London Gazette. No. 27262. p3. Tuesday 1st January 1901.
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1900. Wednesday 20th June. The commencement of the Siege of Pekin Legations.
1900. Friday 22nd June. Major Johnson and 180 Royal Marines Capture of Hsi-Ku Arsenal.
1900. Saturday 23rd June. The Relief of Tien-Tsin.
1900. Sunday 24th June. Captain Halliday RMLI is awarded the Victoria Cross after the Sortie from Pekin Legations.
1900. Monday 25th June. The Relief of Admiral Seymour’s column at His-Ku Arsenal.
1900. Wednesday 27th June. The Capture of the Pei-Tsang Arsenal.
1900. Tuesday 3rd of July. The USMC and Royal Marines were engaged together.
The senior American Marine Officer, Captain John Twigg Myers, led a
combined force of thirty US Marines, and twenty six British Royal
Marines in an equally daring raid against the Chinese, the first real
offensive operation since the siege had begun. Capt. Myers was badly
wounded by a Chinese spear, but the attack succeeded completely. It
proved a turning point in the siege, and the legations held out until
relief arrived. This was not the first time British and American
Marines had fought side by side. They had hardly ceased fighting
against each other, in the war of 1812, when they went into action
together to clear pirates out of the Caribbean. Later they were to
fight side by side against the Chinese at Shanghai and against the
Egyptians at Alexandria. But they had never face death together so
starkly (until Korea 1950) as at Peking, and the American Marines'
admiration for Captain Halliday RM, was matched only by British
admiration of the Heroism of Captain Myers USMC. A bronze bas-relief in
the Mall, in London commemorating the Royal Marines' Deeds at Peking,
recognises this in a way unique in National Memorials: American Marines
are shown with their British comrades in the place of Honour, and the
figure of Captain Myers USMC, is conspicuously at their head. A
memorial service is held each year to commemorate this event, with a
senior Officer of the USMC in attendance.
1900. Saturday 14th July. The Capture of the Native City of TieTsin.
1900. Sunday 5th August. The Battle of Peit-Sang.
1900. Tuesday 14th August. The Relief of the Pekin Legations.
1900. Sunday 26th August. The Battle at Belfast in South Africa.
1900. Wednesday 5th September. Major F. White RMLI and the Defence of Ladybrand.
1901. January. The Band of the Chatham Division RMLI embarked on the SS
Ophir to accompany HRH The Duke of York during the Royal Tour of the
1901. Friday 1st February. Royal Marines duties during the funeral of Queen
Victoria. The bands of the RMA and Portsmouth Division RMLI were massed
under 2nd Lieutenant G. Miller Bandmaster RMLI and played during the
funeral procession from Osborne House to Trinity Pier East Cowes. A
Guard of Honour with Band and King's Colour of Portsmouth Division
RMLI, was mounted at Clarence Yard Gosport, for the disembarkation of
the King, the Royal Family, and the remains of the late Queen on the
2nd February. The band of the Chatham Division RMLI was the band chosen
to represent the Royal Marines in the funeral procession through London
on the 2nd February.
1901. December. Commodore Winsloe of the SS Ophir wrote to the colonel
commandant of Chatham Division RMLI expressing his appreciation of the
bands excellent behaviour and playing throughout the tour.
1902. Saturday 1st March. The White Rose of York was granted to the Chatham
Division Band by the King. To be worn upon the Regiment cap badge and
helmet plate. Granted in commemoration of the bands attendance upon The
Duke of Cornwall and York during his voyage to the Colonies during 1901
1902. Sunday 9th March. HM the King presented the medal of the Victorian
Order to Mr Winterbottom, Bandmaster of the Plymouth Division RMLI, on
board the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert.
1902. Saturday 20th December - Monday 14th February 1903. The Blockade of the
Venezuelan Coast. Royal Marines in HMS Ariadne, HMS Charybdis, HMS Tribune, HMS Retribution and HMS Indefatigable.
1903. Wednesday 20th May. The establishment of the Royal Naval School of
Music within the Royal Marine Artillery Barracks at Eastney. The Royal
Marines assumed responsibility for the provision of music to the Royal
Navy by training Royal Marine Bands to serve on board the ships of the
1903. Registered Numbers. The prefix ‘RMB’ followed by a number of up to four
figures (RMB1 – RMB 3087) indicates a rank who entered the Royal Naval
School of Music between its foundation in 1903 and before October 1925.
This sequence of numbers was resumed again later in August 1955, but
from RMB 3400 to prevent any duplication.
1903. Friday 10th July. The Band of HMS Leviathan became the first band to
transfer from the Royal Navy to the Royal Marines. The first man to
sign his papers and become RMB(1) was Arthur William Shepard.
1903. Wednesday 22nd July. The Band of HMS Impregnable which had paid off
on the 25th May, marched into the Royal Marines Artillery Barracks at
Eastney as Royal Naval Bandsman, later to become the first Royal Marine
Band produced from the Royal Naval School of Music.
1904. Thursday 21st April. The Storming of Illig off the Somali Coast. Major
Kennedy RMLI and 51 Royal Marines in the Naval Brigade from HMS Hyacinth, HMS Fox and HMS Mohawk.
1904. Tuesday 31st May. Extra pay for Bandsmen serving in the Royal Yacht.
The Admiralty approved an allowance of one shilling per day to a
maximum of twenty band NCO's and Musicians whilst embarked and serving
in HM Yacht, to take effect from 14th January 1904. The Admiralty
stressed that Musicians embarked for Royal Yacht service would not
necessarily be from the RMA Band.
1904. August. Buglers equipment will no longer include swords, scabbards and
frogs. All items in service ashore to be withdrawn immediately, all
those in service afloat to be withdrawn upon disembarkation.
1905. April. "Cap badge and special design to be worn by WO's, N.C.O's. and men
of Royal Marines bands when embarked for service in HM Yacht. To be
issued upon embarkation and returned to store when disembarking."
1907. Pursuing a career in the Marines had been considered 'social suicide'
through much of the 18th and 19th centuries since Royal Marine officers
had a lower standing than their counterparts in the Royal Navy. An
effort was made through the common entry or 'Selbourne Scheme' to
reduce the professional differences between RN and RM officers. This
provided for an initial period of service where both groups performed
the same roles and underwent the same training. Upon promotion to
Lieutenant officers could opt for permanent service with the Royal
Marines. The scheme was abandoned after three years when only two of
the new entrants chose this option over that of service as naval
officers, for whom promotion prospects were much greater. At the
outbreak of World War I, the Corps was 58 subalterns under
1908. Saturday 11th January. Norman Finch signed on to join the Royal Marines, and
received basic training at Eastney. For the next four years he served
on various ships and shore stations. He went on to be awarded the
Victoria Cross during the First World War.
1908. August. Temporary musical training of band ranks at Chatham and
Plymouth to cease since this training is to be returned to the Royal
Naval School os Music and RMLI Forton barracks as from 30th September
1908. Monday 30th November. Temporary musical training of band ranks at RMLI
Barracks to cease and this training to be concentrated, as intended, at
the Royal Naval school of Music, Eastney, as of the 30th November 1908.
As a result of this concentration the new series of individual
numbering (RMB series) would, henceforth, always be used. All clothing
and equipping of band ranks now to be supervised by 1st Quartermaster
1910. Saturday 24th December. The Fight at Dabai in the Persian Gulf. In
pursuance of the duty of putting down 'gun running' a party of 4
Officers and 79 Petty and N.C.O’s and men including Major Heriot and
Lieutenant Brewer RMLI and 33 Royal Marines were landed from HMS Hyacinth, Flag ship on the East India Station, under Captain Dick
RN the flag Captain, to search for arms in two suspected houses at
some distance apart. After arms had been found by Major Heriot, fire
was opened from the houses on the search partly and on the men left on
the beach. Major Heriot entrenched himself on the beach and after a
sharp skirmish the guns of HMS Hyacinth put an end to the attack. The
Royal Marines lost Sergeant Capon killed and 4 privates wounded.
1910. The Royal Marines were with the Naval Brigade with a Corps strength of 19,000.
1911. Tuesday 2nd May. Lieutenant Eugene Louis Gerrard RMLI became the first Royal Marines Officer to qualify as a pilot.
1912. Monday 1st April. A special badge consisting of a gilt grenade on which
was mounted the Royal Cypher 'GvR' and crown in silver surrounded by a
gilt laurel wreath was conferred upon the Band of the Royal Marine
Artillery by the King. This followed the voyage to India on board the
P&O liner Madina.
1912. Tuesday 30th July. Private John Edmonds RMLI the first non-commissioned rank to qualify as a pilot.
1913. June. Norman Finch was promoted to the rank of Bombadier.
1913. Thursday 28th August. Sergeant F E Bishop RMA became the first Senior Non Commissioned Officer to qualify as a pilot.
1914. The Royal Navy became interested in landings by Naval Brigades. In
these Naval Brigades, the function of the Royal Marine was to land
first and act as 'Skirmishers' ahead of the sailor Infantry and
Artillery. The skirmishing roll was the traditional function of Light
1914 - 1918. Royal Naval Brigades used during the First World War were composed of both Marines and Sailors.
1914. Sunday 2nd August. Pensioners and Reserves Mobilised.
1914. Sunday 2nd August. Formation of Royal Mariness Brigade commenced.
1914. Saturday 4th August. The First World War was declared, and Royal
Marines served in all HM Ships in all major engagements at sea. They
also served on the Western Front during the First World War. The
Division's first two commanders were Royal Marine Artillery Generals.
Other Royal Marines acted as landing parties in the naval campaign
against the Turkish fortifications in the Dardanelles before the
Gallipoli landing. They were sent ashore to assess damage to Turkish
fortifications after bombardment by British and French ships and, if
possible, to complete their destruction. After 13 days of continuous
fighting, the Naval Brigades took on the brunt of the Turks displaying
1914. Saturday 4th August. Upon the declaration of the First World War, it
was realised there was a surplus of almost 30,000 men in the Royal
Naval Reserve, who would not find possitions on board HMS ships of war.
It was also realised by the Admiralty that they could be used to form
two seperate Naval Brigades and a Brigade of Marines to be used for
operations on land.
the commencement of the First World War the Corps took up at once the
traditional role, which it has performed in every war for the past
three hundred and fifty years, and for which indeed it had been
originally raised in 1664, that is to say the reinforcement of the
personnel of the Royal Navy.
The mobilisation passed off smoothly
according to plan, the telegram to mobilise Reservists was dispatched
at 2-30 a.m. on Sunday 2nd August 1914, and by 8a.m. those living near
the barracks were coming in. In the course of the next two or three
days, practically all those in the United Kingdom had reported for
duty, and had been allotted to their various appropriations, as far as
they had been foreseen in peace time. Fortunately, after this had been
done, there remained a good surplus of Reservists, for no sooner was
the mobilisation proper completed than demands began to pour in for
personnel for various Fleet services, most of which had not been
foreseen in the pre-war arrangements. Added to this carne the demands
of the Royal Naval Division and the RMA Batteries, which were very
insistent both then and throughout the War. Though no doubt the
batteries and battalions considered that they were not receiving the
reinforcements that they required. It must never be forgotten that the
reinforcement of the Fleet was the first consideration to which all
else had to have to give way. The demand of the Fleet became larger and
more urgent every month, and the Corps can make the proud boast that in
no single instance did they fail to make the Naval requirements as they
arose. The effect of the demand is shown by the fact that the numbers
actually afloat (exclusive of shore garrisons, battalions, batteries,
etc.) at the commencement of the war were 10,047, whilst at the close
the same figures were 16,494, in spite of the heavy casualties and
replacements due to sickness.
In the very early days numerous war vessels, being built for foreign
powers in the United Kingdom were bought by the British Government and
commissioned as soon as they were completed. At the same time other
British programs were considerably accelerated.
1914. During the First World War, in addition to their usual stations aboard
ship, Royal Marines were part of the Royal Naval Division which landed
in Belgium in 1914 to help defend Antwerp and later took part in the
amphibious landing at Gallipoli in 1915. It also served on the Western
Front in the trenches.
The Division's first two commanders were Royal Marine Artillery
Generals. Other Royal Marines acted as landing parties in the Naval
campaign against the Turkish fortifications in the Dardanelles before
the Gallipoli landings. They were sent ashore to assess damage to
Turkish fortifications after bombardment by British and French ships
and, if necessary, to complete their destruction. The Royal Marines
were the last to leave Gallipoli, replacing both British and French
troops in a neatly planned and executed withdrawal from the beaches. It
even required some Marines to wear French uniforms as part of the
1914. Registered Numbers. During Mid-September six hundred Army recruits were
transferred to the RMLI; 200 men from KOYLI went to Plymouth Division,
and 200 from the Sherwood Foresters went to Portsmouth Division and
another 200 from the Sherwood Foresters to Chatham Division. (LCpl
Parker, who won the VC at Gallipoli was one of those transferred from
the Sherwood Foresters) The 200 ex-KOYLI numbers started at Ply 12(S)
and ended with Ply211(S), Portsmouth Division’s ex-Sherwood Foresters
went from Po31 to Po230(S) and Chatham Division’s from CH1 to CH 200(S).
1914. Registered Numbers. The suffix ‘S’ to any of the ‘CH’, ‘PLY’, or ‘RMA’
numbers indicates a rank who entered one of these divisions for Short
Service during World War 1. The short service register numbers began
quite simply at ‘Ply/1 (S) (e.g. PLY 3287 (S) C C Anderson.), Po/1 (S)
and Ch/1 (S) and RMA/1(S).
The prefix ‘RMB’
followed by a number of up to four figures (RMB1 – RMB 3087) indicates
a rank who entered the Royal Naval School of Music between its
foundation in 1903 and before October 1925. This sequence of numbers
was resumed again later in August 1955, but from RMB 3400 to prevent
1914. Registered Numbers. During the 1914-18 World War the prefix ‘Deal’,
followed by numbers of up to four digits and the suffix ‘S’, were
allocated to ranks enlisted for Short Service during World War 1. These
ranks served mostly in miscellaneous units of the Royal Naval Division.
Numbers were allocated as Follows:
RM Divisional Engineers RN Division D/1(S) to D1500(S).
RM Divisional Train D/1501(S0) to D/2762(S).
RM Medical Unit D/3000(S) to D/4400(S).
Ordnance Company RM Division D/4520(S) to D/4553(S).
RN Divisional Engineers D/5000(S) to D/5599(S).
(The ‘S’ can be shown as either a suffix or a prefix for these numbers. It is also often shown in lower case.)
The prefix ‘D’ on its own seems to have been rarely used. To
distinguish between Depot staff and men who were borne on the books
At Deal for pay and admin (e.g. RMLC, RND Engineers, RM Medical Units),
the ‘system’ seems to have been for staff to be recorded as Depot/123
and the latter as Deal/1234(S).
1914. Registered numbers. Prefixes ‘Z’ and ‘H’. There are two other short
service number series, H1 to H18 and Z/1 to Z/102. Both were catalogued
at Hayes. Before RM service papers were transferred to the National
Archives, under ‘Miscellaneous Units WW1 and were referred to as
‘Belgian Units’ but the papers have not been seen since; however at
least one CWGC headstone has been seen with a ‘Z’ number.
1914. Registered Numbers. The prefix ‘RME’, followed by a number, 300 to 8340
and the Suffix ‘S’. indicates a rank of the Royal Marine Engineers
entered for short service during World War 1. This group of men was
engaged on large scale construction and repair projects under the
Admiralty Director of Works, principally to keep ports and harbours
operating efficiently. The ‘RME’ prefix followed by a number of five
digits, indicates a rank of the Royal Marine Engineers entered for HO
service in World War ll (RME 10001 -RME 17823).
1914. Registered Numbers. The prefix ‘AUX’, followed by a number of up to
four digits, indicates a rank of the Auxiliary Battalion formed at the
beginning of World War ll. Subsequently, these ranks were transferred
to Plymouth and allocated numbers in the six-digit sequence (PLY/X
120001 – PLY/X 121382).
1914. Thursday 6th August. HMS Amphion was mined in the North sea and 14 Royal Marines were lost.
1914. Thursday 6th August. Engagement between HMS Bristol and the Karlsruhe in the West Indies.
1914. Friday 7th August. Royal Marine Brigade concentrated at Eastney and Gosport.
1914. Saturday 8th August. Declaration of War with Austria.
1914. Tuesday 11th August. The Goeben and Breslau chased in the Dardanelles.
1914. Wednesday 12th August. The capture of the Spreewald by HMS Berwick in the North Atlantic.
1914. Thursday 20th August. Royal Marine Battalions returned to their own Divisions.
1914. Thursday 27th August. The Royal Marine Brigade was formed and was moved to Oostende although it returned four days later.
1914. Tuesday 25th - 31st August. An expedition to Ostend by the Royal Marine Brigade.
1914. Wednesday 26th August. HMS Highflyer sank the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse off North West Africa.
1914. Friday 28th August. The Battle of Heligoland.
1914. Friday 28th August. In China a detachment of 2/DCLI embarked in HMS Triumph as Marines.
1914. Friday 28th August. Ascention Island Garrison reinforced.
1914. August. The title of Commissioned Bandmaster Royal Marines, to be
changed to Director of Music. Number of Directors of Music fixed at
two, apart from the Musical Director of the Royal Naval School of Music
to whom this order would not apply. On promotion to Director of Music
the honorary rank of Lieutenant will be applied. After ten years of
commissioned service the honorary rank of Captain will be given and,
after a total of fifteen years commissioned service the honorary rank
of Major will be awarded. Directors of Music to be compulsorily retired
at the age of 65.
1914. Wednesday 2nd September. HMS Triumph involved in the attack on the German colony of Qingdao China.
1914. Friday 4th September. Landing party from HMS Cumberland at Victoria in the German colony of Cameroon.
1914. Wednesday 9th September. Bombardment and Landing at Suellaba Point in the German Colony of Cameroon.
1914. Friday 11th Sepemter. 200 RMA and RMLI to Dunkirk for service with Motor Cars of RNAS.
14th September. HMS Carmania (Armed Merchantman Cruiser) sank Cap Trafalgar (Armed Merchantman) in the South Atlantic.
1914. Saturday 19th September. RMLI Brigade embarked for Dunkirk.
1914. Sunday 20th September. HMS Pegasus sunk by the Koenigsberg in Zanzibar Harbour.
1914. Sunday 20th September. The Royal Marine Brigade arrived at Dunkirk with
orders to assist in the defence of Antwerp. In the haste to organise
and move the units to Belgium, 80% went to war without even basic
equipment such as packs, mess tins or water bottles. No khaki uniform
was issued. The two Naval Brigades were armed with ancient
charger-loading rifles, just three days before embarking. At this
stage, it had no artillery, Field Ambulances or other ancillary units.
1914. Tuesday 22nd September. The sinking of HMS Aboukir (78 Royal Marines
were lost), HMS Cressy (73 Royal Marines were lost) and HMS Hogue (50 Royal
Marimes were lost).
1914. Tuesday 22nd September. Lieutenant Charles Herbert Collett RMA carried
out the first ever strategic bombing raid in aviation history attacking
the Zeppelin sheds at Dusseldorf for which he was awarded the
Distinguished Service Order.
1914. Sunday 27th September. The occupation of Duala in the German Colony of Cameroon.
1914. Sunday 27th September. The St Helena garrison was reinforced.
1914. Thursday 1st October. Early action by RMLI Brigade at Douai in France.
1914. Friday 2nd October. Royal Marines from HMS Cumberland in action at Japoma Bridge in German held colony of Cameroons.
1914. Saturday 3rd - 4th October. Royal Marines Light Infantry were sent to Ostend and Antwerp.
1914. Sunday 4th - 10th October. The Defence of Antwerp.
1914. Monday 5th October. Two Royal Marine Brigades were moved to Dunkirk
with orders to assist in the defence of Antwerp. In the haste to
organise and move the units to Belgium, 80% went to war without even
basic equipment such as packs, mess tins or water bottles. No khaki
uniform was issued. The two Naval Brigades were armed with ancient
charger-loading rifles, just three days before embarking. At this
stage, it had no artillery, Field Ambulances or other ancillary units.
1914. Tuesday 6th October. The first attack on Jabassi in the Cameroons.
1914. Monday 12th October. RMLI Brigade returned to England.
1914. Wednesday 14th October. The occupation of Jabassi in the Cameroons.
1914. Thursday 15th October. HMS Hawke sank (78 Royal Marines were lost).
1914. Thursday 15th October. Royal Marine Motor Transport Company lent to the Army at St Omer at Flanders in France.
1914. Saturday 17th October. HMS Undaunted and Destroyers in action with German Torpedo Boats in the English Channel.
1914. Sunday 18th October. Small Royal Marine detachments with maxim guns landed from Monitors.
1914. Sunday 18th - 26th October. Bombardments on the Belgian Coast.
1914. Monday 19th - 22nd October. The first battle of Ypres.
1914. Tuesday 20th - 26th October. The experdition to Edea in the Cameroons.
1914. Wednesday 21st October. Royal Marine Artillery Contingent for South African Heavy Artillery left England.
1914. Monday 26th October. German Attack on Nieuport broken by HMS Venerable.
1914. Tuesday 27th October. HMS Audacious sunk by a mine off the North West coast of Ireland.
1914. Tuesday 27th October. Formation of Divisional Engineers commenced.
1914. Sunday 1st November. The Declaration of War with Turkey.
1914. Sunday 1st November. The Battle of Coronel, with a loss of 196 who were killed.
1914. Tuseday 3rd November. A German raid on the UK coast.
1914. Tuesday 3rd November. The Bombardment of the forts in the Dardanelles.
1914. Tuesday 3rd November. The Attack on Tanga East Africa.
1914. Tuesday 3rd November. The Armoured Car Detatchments returned from France to England.
1914. Wednesday 4th November. Operations at Akaba against the Turks in the Red Sea.
1914. Saturday 7th November. The Capitulation of Qingdao in China.
1914. Saturday 7th - 8th November. A force including Royal Marines from HMS Ocean landed at Fao in the Persian Gulf.
1914. Monday 9th November. The Emden was sunk by HMAS Sydney in the Pasific.
1914. Thursday 12th - 18th November. The Buea Operation in Cameroons.
1914. Thursday 19th November. An Air raid (that included Lieutenant Collet RMA) on Airship sheds at Dusseldorf in Germany.
1914. Thursday 19th November. RMA Contingent for the Heavy Artillery arrived in South Africa.
1914. Thursday 26th November. HMS Bulwark was blown up at Sheerness with the loss of 107.
1914. Saturday 28th - 30th November. The Bombardment of Dar-Es-Salaam in East Africa.
1914. Saturday 28th - 30th November. The Formation of a Medical Unit Royal Marines commenced.
1914. Saturday 28th November. The Formation of Divisional train, Royal Marines commenced.
1st December. A South African Heavy Artillery battery Commanded by RMA
was sent to Luderitzbucht (German South Wetstern Africa).
1914. Tuesday 8th December. The battle of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
1914. Wednesday16th December. A German raid on Hartlepool and Scarborough on the east coast of the UK.
1914. Saturday 18th December. The occupation of Nyong in the Cameroons.
1914. Monday 20th December. The Occupation of Kribi in the Cameroons.
1914. Monday 20th December - 27th December. The occupation of Campo in the Cameroons.
1914. Friday 25th December. Captain C F Kilner RMLI, as a seaplane pilot,
took part in the Cuxhaven Raid attacking German Zeppelin Sheds for
which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
1914. Friday 25th December. The landing of General Botha's Force at Walfisch Bay (German South West Africa).
1914. Friday 25th December. A SAHA Battery was sent to Walfisch Bay (German South West Africa).
1914. Sunday 27th December. Royal Naval and Royal Marines detatchment left Malta for Serbia.
1914. Thursday 31st December. HMS Doris operations on the Syrian Coast (Mediterranean).
1914. Thursday 31st December. Royal Marines from HMS Diana carried out reconnaissance at Akaba on the Red Sea.
1914. Lieutenant J d'Albiac RMA became the first RM officer to qualify as an
observer in the RNAS and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order
during operations off Dunkirk. He qualified as a pilot in March
1918 and after transferring to the RAF rose steadily from senior
appointment to senior appointment retiring after the WW2 as an Air
The Marines uniforms of the day. (taken from 'Britain's
Sea Soldiers: Vol 1 by Cyril Field RMLI.)
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1915. Bombadier Norman Finch was promoted to the rank of Corporal.
1915. Friday 1st January. HMS Doris operations on the Syrian Coast (Mediterranean).
1915. Friday 1st January. HMS Foridable torpedoed 86 Marines were lost.
1915. Wednesday 6th January. Operations in Campo area of the Cameroons.
1915. Thursday 7th January. Royal Navy and Royal Marines detachment arrived in Belgrade.
1915. Sunday 24th January. The Battle of the Dogger Bank in the North Sea.
1915. Tuesday 2nd - 5th February. The Turkish attack the Suez Canal.
1915. Friday 5th February. The formation of RM Submarine Miners authorised.
1915. Saturday 6th February. The Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI) Brigade less Portsmouth and Deal left for
the Mediterranean. Plymouth and Chatham Battalions entrain at
Shillingstone near Blandford and move to Devonport. They are
temporarily known as the Royal Marine Special Service Force. While
Portsmouth and the Deal Battalions remained at Blandford.
February. About 6pm Plymouth Battalion and the headquarters of the
Royal Marine Brigade sail on the HMS Braemar Castle. The Chatham
Battalion sails on HMS Cawdor Castle. Both arrived at St Paul's Bay
(Malta) Sunday 14th February 1915, and sailed 8am on Friday 19th
February. Arrive Tenedos 3.15pm on Sunday 21st February, Lemnos 4pm on
Wednesday 24th February, and returned to Tenedos the next day. Sailed
at 1am on Friday 26th February for Dardanelles, arriving 8am. The Ships
return to Tenedos but at 5pm were ordered to Imbros. Orders to land on
Gallipoli on Sunday 28th February cancelled due to bad weather at sea.
1915. Friday 12th February. Captain C.F. Kilner DSO RMLI, embarked in HMS Ark
Royal and enroute to the Dardanelles, became the first aviator to take
off and land an aircraft in Malta. Flying a seaplane he took off and
landed back in Grand Harbour having completed a circuit of the island.
1915. Monday 15th - 23rd. February. A small Royal Marine detatchment of HMS Cadamus assisted in quelling a mutiny in Singapore.
1915. Friday 19th - 20th February. The Naval bombardment of the Straits forts and emplacements commenced in the Dardanelles.
1915. Sunday 21st February. RMLI Brigade arrived in the Dardanelles.
1915. Thursday 25th February. Actions at Nonidas and Goaknontes in German West Africa.
1915. Thursday 25th February. Royal Marine Detatchments Garrison at Kribi in the Cameroons.
1915. Thursday 25th - 26th February. The Bombardments continued in the Dardanelles.
1915. Friday 26th February. The Fleet landing parties in the Dardanelles.
1915. During February and March elements of the 3rd Royal Marines Brigade
(Brigadier C.N. Trotman RMLI), landed largely unopposed on the Gallipoli
peninsula to dismantle Turkish defensive positions. After the
unsuccessful naval attempts to force the Narrows in March, the Turkish
Army reinforced the peninsula in strength. Thereafter a major
amphibious operation was required. The Plymouth Battalion RMLI took
part in the initial landing on Sunday 25th April but the Brigade did
not land until the night of 28/29th April when it went ashore at Anzac
Cove to relieve 1 and 3 Australian Brigades. On Friday 30th April it
was joined in the line by 1 Royal Navy Brigade (Brigadier D Mercer
RMLI) which contained the Deal RMLI Battalion. For the next 13 days
both brigades were engaged in continuous heavy fighting, bearing the
brunt of the Turkish attacks and displaying great resolution. After a
counter-attack in the Monash Valley by Chatham and Portsmouth
Battalions on Monday 3rd May 1915 the Turks were driven back with heavy
losses. Major Quinn, a great Australian VC, said to Major Jerram of the
Royal Marines Brigade: "The bravest thing I've seen so far was
the charge of your two Battalions up that hill on Bloody Sunday".
During an another incident Lance Corporal W R Parker (Portsmouth
Battalion RMLI) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in
evacuating a party of wounded men under fire. The Royal Marines
Brigade's casualties during this period were 21 officers and 217
men killed, 29 officers and 764 men wounded and 122 men missing. On 12
May both brigades were deployed to Cape Helles to re-join the RN
Division for the remainder of the campaign.
1915. Monday 1st March. Royal Naval Division embarked for the Dardanelles.
1915. Monday 1st March. Royal Marine Light Infantry Brigade less Portsmouth and Deal Battalions sent to Imbros in the Dardanelles.
1915. Tuesday 2nd March at 5am. The ships were ordered to Tenedos. Operations once again cancelled due to bad weather.
1915. Wednesday 3rd March. The ships are once again moved to Imbros.
1915. Wednesday 3rd March. The Bombardment resumed in the Dardanelles.
1915. Thursday 4th March 8.30am. The Plymouth Battalion landed one company
each at Kum Kale and Sedd el Bahrat Gallipoli, to cover the demolition
of Turkish guns by raiding parties.
The Sedd-el-Bahr company
re-embarks at 2.30pm, and Kum Kale at 7.15pm. Operations were
successful, at cost of 22 dead and 22 wounded.
1915. Friday 5th March. The ships return to Tenedos.
1915. Friday 5th March. The Bombardment of Smyrna in the Dardanelles.
1915. Saturday 6th March at 2.30pm. The ships were ordered to Lemnos, and arrived 8.30pm.
1915. Saturday 6th March. No1 Howitzer RMA in action for the first time on the Western Front.
1915. Saturday 6th - 7th March. The Bombardment renewed at the Dardanelles.
1915. Sunday 7th March. Action between HMS Lord Nelson and HMS Agamemnon with the Forts at the narrows at the Dardanelles.
1915. Monday 8th March.
The Dresden chased to Juan Fernandez by HMS Kent in the Pacific.
1915. Wednesday 10th - 13th March. The Battle of Neuve Chapelle on the Western Front.
1915. Thursday 11th March. The Bulair Lines were Bombarded in the Dardanelles.
1915. Thursday 11th March. The Portsmouth Battalion arrived at Lemnos from
England on HMS Gloucester Castle and the Deal Battalion arrived on HMS
1915. Friday 12th March. The Royal Marine Brigade reorganised and Royal
Marine Special Service Force ceases to exist. The Brigade comes under
orders of Royal Naval Division. The Deal Battalion is placed under
orders of 1st Royal Naval Brigade. A contingent of Chatham Battalion (4
officers and 200 men) together with 2 officers and 20 men from
Australian forces boarded HMS Cawdor Castle in preparation for a landing.
The Ship sailed to Tenedos at daylight Thursday 18th March but this
force was not used and returned to units on Tuesday 23rd March.
1915. Saturday 13th - 14th March. HMS Amethyst was heavily shelled.
1915. Sunday 14th March. The Dresden was sunk by HMS Kent, HMS Glasgow and HMS Orama in the Pacific.
1915. Thursday 18th March at 6.30pm. The Royal Marine Brigade sailed for a
demonstration off Gaba Tepe, which was carried out at 5.30am the next
day. 1.30pm the ships returned to Lemnos.
1915. Wednesday 24th March,
The Royal Marine Brigade (now including the Deal Battalion) sails for
Alexandria in Egypt. Orders are modified on route and force sails
instead to Port Said, arrives Friday 26th - 27th March.
1915. Thursday 18th March. The Grand attack on the Dardanelles by the fleet.
1915. Thursday 18th March. HMS Dreadnought sank a German submarine in the North Sea.
1915. Friday 19th March. Demonstration by the Fleet off Gaba Tepe in the Dardanelles.
1915. Friday 26th March. Machine gun detachments of the Deal Battalion moved to the Suez Canal defences at Kantara.
1915. Friday 26th March. No3 Howitzer RMA embarked for France from Southampton.
1915. Monday 29th March - 7th April. The RMLI Brigade was in Egypt.
1915. April. The Royal Naval Reserve was became known as 1st (Royal Naval) Brigade.
1915. Wednesday 7th April. The Brigade re-embarked at Alexandria.
1915. Sunday 11th - 12th April. The Brigade arrived at Lemnos.
1915. Sunday 11th April. The renewal of the Bombardments in the Dardanelles.
1915. Sunday 11th - 13th April. The advance on Jaunde, Royal Marines operations at Kribi in the Cameroons.
1915. Monday 12th April. No3 Howitzer RMA embarked Marseilles (France) for the Dardanelles.
1915. Wednesday 14th April. No4 Howitzer RMA arrived in France.
1915. Friday 16th April. The Brigade was moved to Trebuki Bay, Skyros, where the Division was concentrating.
1915. Sunday 18th April. Bombarments and Reconnaissance of forts in the Dardanelles.
1915. Thursday 22nd April. A Royal Marine detachment from HMS Egmont sank an Austrian Monitor on the River Danube.
1915. Friday 23rd April. The Brigade sailed for the Gulf of Xeros.
1915. Friday 23rd April. Headquarters 'B' and part of 'C' batteries, AA Brigade RMA, reached Dunkirk in France.
1915. Saturday 24th April. The Fleet left Mudros for the Dardanelles.
1915. Sunday 25th April. The landings at Gallipoli commenced.
1915. Sunday 25th April. Division carried out feint landing at Bulair, while
the British 29th Division landed at Cape Helles beach and the
Australian and New Zealand forces at a beach near Gaba Tepe / Ari Burnu
later to be named Anzac Cove.
1915. Sunday 25th April. Plymouth Battalion Landed at 'Y' beach.
1915. Sunday 25th - 26th April. Feint Landings by the Royal Naval Division at Bulair (Gallipoli).
1915. Monday 26th April. Action at Trekkopjes in German South Western Africa.
1915. Tuesday 27th April. Ships carrying the Brigade arrived off Cape Helles at daylight.
1915. Wednesday 28th April 5pm. HMS Gloucester Castle and HMS Cawdor Castle were ordered to move and anchor off Gaba Tepe. The Chatham and
Portsmouth Battalions ordered to disembark and come under orders of 1st
Australian Division on arrival. On completion of disembarkation at 8pm,
the Brigade was ordered to take over No 2 Section of defences held by
Australian and New Zealand forces. This was the western edge of Lone
1915. Wednesday 28th April. The RMLI Brigade less Plymouth and Deal Battalions. landed at Anzac Cove Gallipoli.
1915. Wednesday 28th April. 'B' Battery, AA Brigade RMA were in action for the first time on the Western Front.
1915. Thursday 29th April. The Deal and Nelson Battalions together with
Brigade Headquarters land at Anzac Cove in the evening and move up
through Shrapnel Gully to the forward defences.
1915. Friday 30th April. The Turkish attacks at Anzac.
1915. Friday 30th April. Lance Corporal Walter Richard Parker RMLI
(1881-1936) was awarded the Victoria Cross for displaying conspicuous
bravery in rescuing wounded personnel in full daylight under heavy
fire, at Gaba Tepe at Gallipoli.
1915. Saturday 1st May. Lance Corporal Walter Richard. Parker RMLI
(1881-1936) was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for displaying
conspicuous bravery in rescuing wounded personnel in full daylight
under heavy fire. A London Gazette article was published on Friday 22nd
June 1917 and it reads:
On the night of Friday 30th April 1915,
Lieutenant Epson, RMLI who was in command of an Isolated fire trench at
Gabi Tepee sent a message asking for ammunition, water and medical
stores; in the trench there were also 40 men and a number of wounded.
The message was received by Captain Sibson, RMLI Officer Commanding `C'
Company, Portsmouth Battalion, who detailed a party of Non-Commissioned
Officers and men to carry water and ammunition and called for a
volunteer among the stretcher bearers. Lance Corporal Parker of the
same battalion at once volunteered to go. There were no communication
trenches, and in attempting to emerge from the nearest trench one of
the parties was wounded. Lance Corporal Parker organised a stretcher
party to take this man back and then started off for the trench which
Lieutenant Epson occupied.
It was now daylight. The intervening space was at least 400 yards and
was completely exposed and swept by Turkish rifle fire; several
Australians had already been killed while endeavouring to convey
ammunition to Lieutenant Epson.
Parker alone succeeded in reaching the trench: all the remaining
Non-Commissioned Officers and men in his party were either killed or
wounded. After his arrival he rendered assistance to the wounded,
displaying extreme courage and remaining cool and collected in very
In the early morning of the following day the trench had to be
evacuated and Parker helped to remove and attend to the wounded,
although during this operation he was seriously wounded.
Parker had during the three previous days displayed consistent bravery
and energy whilst in charge of the battalion stretcher bearers during a
very trying time, as in nearly every case the wounded had to be
evacuated over exposed ground and under fire.
Owing to the fact that the Commanding Officer, Adjutant, Sergeant Major
and the Company Commander were all wounded at this juncture the
recommendations for gallantry etc. for the Portsmouth battalion were
much delayed. The Brigadier General Commanding the Royal Navy Division
at the time, however, considers this man should be awarded the Victoria
Severely wounded during the operation Parker was eventually invalided
from the service in June 1916. Beside his VC he was awarded the 1914/15
Star, the British War and Victory Medals and a war gratuity. The men of
the Division presented him with an inscribed marble and gilt clock. He
never fully recovered from his injuries and died, aged 55, at
Stapleford, Nottingham on Saturday 28th November 1936 and was buried in
the local cemetery. A Memorial Service, in his honour, is held annually
at Stapleford on the Sunday nearest 30th April by the local RMA.
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1915. Saturday 1st May. The Turkish attacks at Anzac.
1915. Sunday 2nd May. Congratulatory message from HM the King to the Forces in Gallipoli.
1915. Monday 3rd May. Anzac, attacks on Chessboard, known as Black Monday.
1915. Monday 3rd
May 1915. A counter attack on the Monash Valley by the Chatham and
Portsmouth Battalions pushed the Turks back with heavy losses. A Major
Quinn, an Australian VC holder, said to Major Jerram of the Royal
Marine Brigade: "The bravest thing I've seen so far was the charge of
your two battalions up that hill on Bloody Monday." Between the 6th and
8th May 1915 HMS Drake, HMS Plymouth, HMS Howe, HMS Hood and HMS Anson'
Battalions fought the Second Battle of Krithia.
1915. Tuesday 4th May. Landings at Gaba Tepe by detachments from HMS Triumph, HMS Bacchante and HMS Dartmouth.
1915. Thursday 6th - 8th May.The second battle of Krithia.
1915. Friday 7th May. The Lusitania was sunk off Queenstown in Southern Ireland.
1915. Saturday 8th - 13th May. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge on the Western Front.
1915. Sunday 9th May. Bombardment of the Dardanelles and Smyrna.
1915. Sunday 9th May. The Battle of Aubers Ridge on the Western Front.
1915. Monday 10th May. The Chatham Battalion took the Turkish trenches at Quin's Post, Anzac.
1915. Monday 10th May. Plymouth Battalion replused a Turkish counter attack at Helles.
1915. Wednesday 12th May. 80 Royal Marines were lost when HMS Goliath was sank by Turkish Torpedo boats.
1915. Wednesday 12th May. RMLI Brigade left Anzac for Helles.
1915. Thursday 13th May. 1st Royal Naval Brigade left Anzac for Helles.
1915. Friday 15th May. The Battle of Festubert on the Western Front.
1915. Sunday 17th May. The first German submarine arrived in the Dardanelles.
1915. Tuesday 19th May. The Second squadron left for the Adriatic.
1915. Saturday 23rd May. HMS Albion and Canopus affair at Gaba Tepe in the Dardanelles.
1915. Sunday 24th May. AA guns gassed at Ypres on the Western Front.
1915. Sunday 24th May. A night advance and construction of Mercer Road.
1915. Tuesday 26th May. Whilst bombarding HMS Triumph was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine, 1 Royal Marine was lost.
1915. Wednesday 27th May. Night advance by RM Brigade and construction of the Trotman Road.
27th May. HMS Majestic, lying off Gaba Tepe in the Daranelles, was
torpedoed and sunk by a submarine and 4 Royal Marines were lost.
1915. Friday 4th June. The third Battle of Krithia at Gallipoli.
1915. Sunday 6th June. Action at Kanli Dere Gallipoli.
1915. Wednesday 16th June. AA Brigade in action at Ypres on the Western Front.
1915. Sunday 20th June. The first Battle of Bellewarde on the Western Front.
1915. Monday 21st June. The third action of Kereves Dere at Gallipoli.
1915. Tuesday 22nd June. Action at Kalkfeldt in German held South Africa.
1915. Wednesday 23rd June. Action at The Rectangle in the Dardanelles.
1915. Thursday 24th - 25th June. Construction of Parson's Road at Helles, Gallipoli.
1915. Thursday 8th - 15th July. Operations in the Nyong River, Cameroon.
1915. Sunday 11th July. The Koenigsberg was distroyed by monitors in the Rufiji river in East Africa.
1915. Monday 12th - 13th July. The Turkish trenches at Achi Baba were captured (Gallipoli).
1915. Friday 16th July. 'B' Battery AA Brigade in action at Nieuport on the Western Front.
1915. July. The air operation to sink the German crusier Kőenigsberg off
the coast of East Africa was commanded by Major R Gordon RMLI for which
he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
1915. Monday 2nd August. 'A' Battery AA Brigade formed.
1915. Monday 2nd August. 1st (Royal Naval) Brigade was redesignated as 1st Brigade.
1915. Monday 2nd August. RMLI Brigade was organised into two Battalions.
1915. Friday 6th August. The landings at Suvla Bay Gallipoli.
1915. Friday 6th - 7th August. The capture of the Krithia Vineyard Gallipoli.
1915. Friday 6th - 7th August. Operations on the Compo River in the Cameroons.
1915. Monday 9th - 14th August. The cruiser HMS Juno in operations at Dilwar in the Persian Gulf.
1915. Sunday 15th August. Royal Naval Division took over left section of the line at Gallipoli.
1915. Tuesday 24th August. One gun of 'C' Battery AA Brigade destroyed at Ypres on the Western Front.
1915. Saturday 28th August. South African Heavy Artillery left for England, from German South West Africa.
1915. Thursday 9th September. HMS Pyranus and HMS Juno in action in the defence of Bushire in the Persian Gulf.
1915. Sunday 19th September. First RMLI Brigade party to Imbros for leave (Gallipoli).
1915. Saturday 25th - 28th September. The Battle of Loos on the Western Front.
1915. Sunday 26th - 28th September. The second Battle of Bellewarde on the Western Front.
1915. Tuesday 28th September. 'D' Battery AA Brigade RMA formed for the Wetsern Front.
1915. Tuesday 28th September. Operations on the Compo River in Cameroon.
1915. Sunday 3rd - 8th October. The Battle of Belgrade in Serbia.
1915. Tuesday 5th October. The first troops landed at Salonica in Greece.
1915. Wednesday 6th October. The Battle of Semendria in Serbia.
1915. Wednesday 6th October. A Royal Marines detachment from HMS Sirius landed in defence of Molko Post in the Cameroons.
1915. Saturday 16th October. RMA Battery left England for Serbia.
1915. Thursday 21st October. The Bombardment of Dedeagatch in Bulgaria.
1915. Friday 22nd October. 'C' Battery AA Brigade moved to Louvencourt on the Western Front.
1915. Saturday 24th October. The Commencedment of the Retreat from Serbia.
1915. Monday 26th October. 'A' Battery AA Brigade brought down a German reconnaissance aircraft ay Ypres on the Western Front.
1915. Monday 26th October. Heavy enemy shelling at Gallipoli.
1915. Monday 26th October. The Scapa Flow Garrison was increased.
1915. Wednesday 3rd - 11th November. RMA Battery put out of action during Rear Guard Actions in Serbia.
1915. Friday 5th - 6th November. Royal Marines from HMS Challenger in the capture of Metum and Mbula in the Cameroons.
1915. Wednesday 10th - 19th November. A visit by Lord Kitchener to discuss future policy.
1915. Saturday 13th November. Change of Command and Staff in Royal Marines Brigade.
1915. Sunday 21st November. Detachments reached Salonica in Greece.
1915. Saturday 27th - 28th November. Great Blizzard in Gallipoli and Salonica.
1915. Thursday 2nd December. HMS Agamemnon and HMS Endymion distroyed Kavak Bridge in the Gulf of Xeros.
1915. Wednesday 8th December. RMA AA Brigade in action at Nieuport on the Western Front.
1915. Sunday 12th December. Royal Marines Battalion took over the French sector.
1915. Monday 13th December. No's 5 and 6 Howitzers RMA arrived in France.
1915. Sunday 19th September. Evacuation of Anzac and Suvla, Gallipoli.
1915. Saturday 25th December. The Bombardment of Achi Baba, Gallipoli.
1915. Saturday 25th December. RMA AA Brigade action at Nieuport.
1915. Sunday 26th December. RMA Guns at Mersa Matruh for the Senussi campain in Egypt.
1915. Monday 27th December. Royal Marine Detachment reached San Giovanni di Medua in Serbia.
1915. Friday 31st December. HMS Natal blown up at Cromarty with the loss of 57 Royal Marines.
1915. F.H. Sykes, an Army Officer was commissioned as a Colonel in the Royal
Marines and appointed to command all Royal Naval Air Service operations
in the Eastern Mediterranean including the Dardanelles. At the same
time Major E L Gerrard RMLI was deployed to the Dardanelles in Command
of No 2 Wing, RNAS.
1916. Registered Numbers. Royal Marine Submarine Miners. No special suffix or
prefix exists for this unit, the majority of recruits were entered into
the Chatham short service registers and each man issued the next CH (S)
number that was available but the register was annotated with the
letter RMSM at the top. ADM159/211 contains partial register entries
for numbers 3278-3345, this register is titled Special Home Coast
Defense and the numbers have no suffixes or prefixes. Each man in this
register appears to have then been issued a PO (S) series number and
their details are recorded fully in ADM159/208. They served with the
Royal Marines Labour Corps (RMLC) and Suffix ‘N’. Ranks
enlisted in the No.1 (Home Service) Labour Company in 1916 were given
Chatham registered numbers in the series CH/14100(S) to CH/14343(S).
Ranks enlisted or transferred to the RM Labour Corps, which was formed
in 1917 (the RMLC OLD Formation), were allocated numbers with the
prefix ‘Deal’ and with a suffix ‘S’ in brackets in the series
Deal/8000(S) to Deal/15955(S). Ranks enlisted in the post-war RM Corps
formed in 1919 (the RMLC New Formation) were allocated numbers with a
‘Deal’ prefix and the suffix ‘N’ in the series Deal/1(N) to Deal/
1916. Monday 3rd January. The Bombardment of the Asiatic Coast in the Dardanelles.
1916. Thursday 6th January. HMS King Edward VII mined and sunk off North Scotland.
1916. Friday 7th January. The Royal Marines were the last to leave Gallipoli,
replacing both British and French troops in a neatly planned and
executed withdrawal from the beaches.
1916. Saturday 8th - 9th January. The Evacuation of Helles Sector at Gallipoli.
1916. January. The Military Service Act (1916 – 1920), was passed by the
Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act specified that men from 18 to
41 years old were liable to be called up for service in the military
unless they were married, widowed with children, serving in the Royal
Navy, a minister of religion, or working in one of a number of reserved
1916. Friday. 28th January. Royal Marines from HMS Prince George occupied Fort Touzla in Salonica Greece.
1916. Friday 11th February. HMS Arethusa mined and sunk in the North Sea.
1916. Monday 14th February. Royal Marine Detachments from the East African Quadron formed Artillery Batteries.
1916. Tuesday 22nd February - 16th April. 1st and 2nd RMLI Battalions at Stavros Macedonia.
1916. Monday 28th February. HMS Alcantara torpedoed, Greif sunk by gunfire, 8 Royal Marines were lost.
1916. Thursday 2nd March. The Military Service Act passed in January came into being.
1916. Wednesday 8th March. No9 Battery in action at Salaita East Africa.
1916. Friday 10th March. No9 Battery in action at Latema- Reata East Africa.
1916. Thursday 16th March. RMA Detachment at Mersa Matruh and Sollum, Egypt.
1916. Saturday 25th March. Light Cruiser action against German Torpedo Boat in the North Sea.
1916. Saturday 1st April. British Forces withdrawn from the Cameroons.
1916. 16th April - 27th May. Royal Marines from HMS Doris occupied Long Island, Gulf of Smyrna in the Daranelles.
1916. Saturday 22nd April. No8 Howitzer RMA arrived on the Wetsern Front.
1916. Tuesday 25th April. The Bombardment of Lowestoft on the UK East Coast.
1916. Thursday 27th April. HMS Russell mined and sunk with the loss of 10 Royal Marines.
1916. Thursday 27th April. Portsmouth Company arrived at Queenstown Ireland.
1916. Thursday 27th April - 15th May. Royal Marine Battalion formed and deployed in Ireland to combat the Easter Rising.
1916. Thursday 27th April. A 12 inch Railway Gun was mounted at Dunkirk in France.
1916. May. A Second Military Service Act extended liability for military
service to married men, and a third Act in 1918 extended the upper age
limit to 51. Men or employers who objected to an individual's call-up
could apply to a local Military Service Tribunal. These bodies could
grant exemption from service, usually conditional or temporary. There
was right of appeal to a County Appeal Tribunal.
1916. Thursday 4th May. An air raid was made on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern
in Denmark. As it was considered that it might draw out the German High
Seas Fleet, supported by the whole of the Grand Fleet. Though the raid
was successful, the enemy refused to be drawn and there were no further
results. However, at 10am, HMS Galatea and HMS Phaeton brought down the
Zeppelin ‘L7’ by gun fire. On the next day away in the Aegean.
1916. Friday 5th May. HMS
Agamemnon brought down a Zeppelin, which had previously bombed
Salonica, the airship fell in the Vardar Marshes, where it was
1916. Friday 19th - 20th May. Royal Naval Division arrived in Marseilles headed for the Western Front.
1916. Wednesday 31st May. 190th Machine Gun Company formed by the RMLI.
1916. Wednesday 31st May – 1st June. The Battle of Jutland, also known
as the Battle of the Skagerrak. The only major encounter between
the British and German fleets during World War I. Fought in
the Skagerrak, an arm of the North Sea, about 60 miles (97
km) off the coast of Jutland in Denmark.
intelligence had alerted admirals John
Jellicoe and David Beatty that Admiral Reinhard
Scheer had left port with his German High Seas Fleet. Beatty, in
command of a scouting force of battle cruisers, spotted a similar
German force under Admiral Franz von Hipper and pursued it toward the
main German fleet. At about 4pm both sides opened fire. The
British suffered heavy losses and turned back toward Jellicoe’s main
British fleet, with the Germans in pursuit. After 6pm the main
fleets encountered each other, and the battle raged again. In the dusk
the British had the advantage, and Scheer soon turned away. However,
when the German fleet turned once more to head for home, it again ran
directly into the British fleet, which had maneuvered in such a way
that it lay between the German fleet and the German ports. At this
second crisis, Scheer ordered his battle cruisers and
torpedo boats to charge the British fleet and thereby cover a
second retreat of his battleships. Jellicoe, arguably overestimating
the danger of torpedo attacks, also turned away, and the battle thus
came to an indecisive end. Both sides claimed a victory. Germany
because it had destroyed or damaged many more ships, and Britain
because it retained control of the North Sea. The British loss was 538 killed and 51 wounded.
1916. Wednesday 31st May. The Battle of Jutland. Major Francis John William Harvey RMLI (1873-1916).
Whilst serving on the HMS Lion was mortally wounded and almost the only survivor after the
explosion of an enemy shell in 'Q' gun house. with great presence of
mind and devotion to duty ordered the magazine to be flooded, thereby
saving the ship. He died shortly after and the Victoria Cross was
awarded posthumously. His Citation reads: Whilst mortally wounded and almost the only
survivor after the explosion of an enemy shell in 'Q' gun-house, with
great presence of mind and devotion to duty ordered the magazine to be
flooded, thereby saving the ship. He died shortly afterwards. This
article is taken from the London Gazette, (Supplement) No. 29751. P
9067 Friday 15th September 1916.
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1916. Wednesday 31st May. The Battle of Jutland (Within the British fleets
and squadrons, ships were generally listed in order - Dreadnought,
Battlecruiser, Cruiser, Light Cruiser, Flotilla Leader, Destroyer, only
ships that were hit and lives were lost are listed as damaged.)
The British Battle Cruiser Fleet (first in action) Casualties listed in order: HMS Lion, battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary, HMS Princess Royal, HMS Tiger, battlecruisers HMS Indefatigable, HMS Barham, HMS Malaya, HMS Warspite, Dreadnoughts HMS Dublin, HMS Southampton, light cruisers HMS Chester, light cruiser HMS Defender, destroyers HMS Turbulent, HMS Nestor, HMS Nomad, HMS Onslow, HMS Petard.
Fleet Flagship, Battle Cruiser HMS Lion, damaged, five ratings each died of injuries on 3rd, 4th, 7th, 23th June and 3rd July:
BACKHOUSE, George, Gunner, RMA, RMA 7532...BAKER, Philip T A, Private,
RMLI, 16416 (Ch) BEER, William L, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10417 BELL, James I,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 11670...BRADFORD, Charles E, Gunner, RMA, RMA
12849...BROWNE, William E, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8409...BURKE, Thomas,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 8487..CASE, William, Private, RMLI, 19125 (Ch) CASEY,
Nicholas, Private, RMLI, 16326 (Po) CHAPMAN, Arthur G, Gunner, RMA, RMA
6254 CHAPMAN, Frederick W, Private, RMLI, 15131 (Ply) COLES, Percy R,
Private, RMLI, 11291 (Ply) COSSEY, Samuel J, Private, RMLI, 7884
(Ply)..DORMAN, Alfred G, Private, RMLI, 14493 (Po)...EVERRETT, George,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 10620 FARLEY, William H, Private, RMLI, 14957
(Ply)...FROOME, William H, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13780..GREEN, Reginald G,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 9415 GREEN, Thomas, Private, RMLI, 14920
(Ply)...HARVEY, Francis J W, Major, RM - awarded posthumous Victoria
Cross HAYES, John, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14204 HENNESSY, Murlagh F, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 12255 HOAD, Joseph H, Musician, RMB, RMB 2195 HOUGHTON, Tom,
Private, RMLI, 15683 (Ply) HOWCHIN, Charles W, Sergeant, RMLI, 13518
(Ply) HUTCHINS, Thomas J, Corporal, RMA, RMA 11535...KEMP, John S,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 14169...LUCKING, Charles W, Sergeant, RMA, RMA
7398...MARTIN, William H, Private, RMLI, 13501 (Po)...MEARS, Walter,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 11505...NORRIS, Victor E, Gunner, RMA, RMA 7432 OWEN,
Walter L, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13739...PIKE, Joseph, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13315
POPE, William, Sergeant, RMA, RMA 6497 POTTER, Robert, Private, RMLI,
13118 (Ply)...RAFFERTY, John H, Private, RMLI, 14910 (Ply)...ROGERS,
Frederick J, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10896 RULE, Frederick J, Corporal, RMA,
RMA 5820 SALES, Thomas, Private, RMLI, 14074 (Ply) SCOTT, Arnold,
Private, RMLI, 15989 (Ply) SHEPPARD, Edward E, Corporal, RMLI, 13731
(Ply)...SMITH, Thomas M, Gunner, RMA, RMA 11662...ULYATT, Wilfred R,
Bombardier, RMA, RMA 13204...WAGSTAFF, William, Gunner, RMA, RMA
8544...WESTON, William H, Private, RMLI, 15076 (Ply) WIGHT, Archibald
T, Private, RMLI, 19121 (Ch) WILLATTS, Vivian G C, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13741...WYNNE, William, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13127’.
First Battle Cruiser Squadron 3 battlecruisers (HMS Queen Mary sunk, HMS Princess Royal and HMS Tiger damaged).
HMS Princess Royal,
damaged, 1 rating each died of injuries on 2nd, 3rd and 5th June:
ANDREWS, Frederick C, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10303 BODELEY, Henry J, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 9217...GAMBLIN, Ernest A, Gunner, RMA, RMA 6580 GOMER, William
R, Private, RMLI, 7085 (Ply)...HODGES, Percy A, Private, RMLI, 16046
HMS Queen Mary, sunk:
ALLEN, William, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8650...ARGENT, Charles W, Private,
RMLI (RMR B 1258), 11232 (Po)...BAILEY, John T, Private, RMLI (RFR B
1015), 9305 (Po)...BAKER, William, Private, RMLI, 12745 (Po)...BARBER,
Alphonso, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13163...BARFOOT, Edwin A, Private, RMLI,
14966 (Po)...BARTON, Richard P, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12982 BATCHELOR,
Gilbert H, Private, RMLI, 18569 (Po)...BAYLIS, Albert D, Gunner, RMA,
RMA 12065...BILLING, James E, Private, RMLI, 11694 (Po)...BOND, Andrew,
Private, RMLI, 18504 (Po)...BROWN, Arthur D, Corporal, RMLI, 13014
(Po)...BROWN, Thomas, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13044...BUCHANAN, Percival G G,
Musician, RMB, RMB 1802...BURRY, Albert C F, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13285...BUTCHER, Charles G, Private, RMLI, 7503 (Po)...BWYE, William G,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 14462 BYATT, Alfred W, Private, RMLI, 10746 (Po)
BYSOUTH, Henry, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13116...CARTWRIGHT, Joseph, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 12994...CATLEY, Charles, Gunner, RMA...COLLINS, George,
Private, RMLI, 9525 (Po)...COLSON, Victor H, Private, RMLI, 19503
(Ch)...COOPER, Henry, Private, RMLI, 16321 (Po) COPE, Samuel, Private,
RMLI, 16958 (Ply)...DAVIS, Frederick, Private, RMLI, 9828
(Po)...DUNCAN, William, Private, RMLI, 18927 (Ch)...DYKES, William,
Musician, RMB, RMB 355...ELLIOTT, Gideon, Private, RMLI, 9721
(Po)...ESCOTT, Albert, Private, RMLI, 14322 (Po)...ETHERINGTON, Arthur
W, Private, RMLI, 17800 (Po)...EVES, Alfred F, Bugler, RMLI, 18194 (Po)
EWART, Victor A, Lieutenant EXFORD, George O, Private, RMLI, 12829
(Po)...FELTON, Isaac, Lance Sergeant, RMLI, 8250 (Po) FERGUSON, John,
Private, RMLI, 17859 (Ply) FERGUSSON, Allan, Gunner, RMA, RMA
10254...FITZWILLIAM, Joseph, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8666...FRANKS, Walter H,
Private, RMLI, 14738 (Po)...GARDNER, Robert L, Bombardier, RMA, RMA
12907...GEARY, Archibald I, Private, RMLI, 15692 (Po)...GIBSON, Robert
S, Musician, RMB, RMB 1304...GROVES, Philip, Private, RMLI, 17844
(Po)...HAWORTH, Fielden, Private, RMLI, 12584 (Po)...HAYDEN, Edward J,
Private, RMLI, 14838 (Po)...HEAD, Henry G, Lance Corporal, RMLI, 16317
(Po)...HERBERT, Charles J, Private, RMLI, 11139 (Po) HERBERT, Henry,
Act/Bombardier, RMA, RMA 7938...HEWITT, William E, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13722...HOWARD, William F, Colour Sergeant, RMLI, 10389 (Po)...HOWIE,
Thomas, Private, RMLI, 12716 (Po)...HUMPHRYS, Arthur, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13028.HUNT, Walter, Private, RMLI, 15164 (Po)...JACKSON, Harry,
Private, RMLI, 17263 (Po) JAGO, William E, Private, RMLI, 16310
(Po)...JONES, Albert F, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14035...JONES, Charles F,
Private, RMLI, 18935 (Ch)...JONES, George, Gunner, RMA, RMA
9385...KELLY, Thomas, Gunner, RMA, RMA 5837...KENEALY, John M, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 11730...LANDRAY, William H H, Private, RMLI, 18319 (Po)...LE
MANQUAIS, Ernest G, Private, RMLI, 13223 (Po)...LOTHIAN, William J,
Sergeant, RMA, RMA 7384...LYNN, Robert, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8897...MARR,
Andrew H, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8298...MARTIN, Horatio, Gunner, RMA, RMA
7992...MASON, Thomas W, Private, RMLI, 16962 (Ply)...MCKAY, Donald,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 8371 MCLAUGHLIN, Frederick, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13706...MERCER, Albert W, Private, RMLI, 16316 (Po)...MILLS, Harry,
Private, RMLI, 1502 (Ch)...MOORE, Frederick, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13096
MOORE, John J, Bombardier, RMA, RMA 10866...MORAN, Albert E, Private,
RMLI, 12908 (Po)...MUTTERS, William H, Private, RMLI, 16964
(Ply)...NEIL, William McK, Private, RMLI, 19585.Ch)...NOTTINGHAM,
Leslie, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13806... NUNN, Albert C, Gunner, RMA, RMA
12579...ORME, George, Musician, RMB, RMB 1767...OSBORNE, Frederick J,
Corporal, RMA, RMA 5103...OVERTON, Frank, Musician, RMB, RMB
891...OWENS, John S, Musician, RMB, RMB 982...PALLETT, Herbert,
Private, RMLI, 16985 (Po)...PARKER, Arthur, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13053...PICKFORD, George, Private, RMLI, 16315 (Po)...POOLEY, John A,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 10473...PRYKE, Joseph N, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13048...RICHARDSON, Henry, Musician, RMB, RMB 1365..ROONEY, Gerald C,
Major, RMLI..RUBICK, Arthur, Gunner, RMA, RMA 7378...RULE, Frederick H,
Private, RMLI, 16484 (Po)...SELWAY, Sydney J, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13045...SIMMONDS, Arthur J, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8313..SMALLMAN, Lewis G E,
Lance Sergeant, RMLI, 13895 (Po)...SMITH, John, Private, RMLI, 16230
(Ply)...SMITH, Thomas H, Band Corporal, RMB, RMB 1294...STEADMAN, James
W G, Musician, RMB, RMB 1153...STEVENS, Walter J, Private, RMLI, 15688
(Po)...STYLES, Charles R G, Bugler, RMA, RMA 11546...SWAIN, Edward E,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 10953...TATE, Charles W, Gunner, RMA, RMA
1165...TAYLOR, James A, Bandmaster 1c, RMB 458...THOMPSON, Robert B,
Musician, RMB, RMB 2191...THOROGOOD, Edmund J, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13095...TIZZARD, William, Private, RMLI, 18440 (Ch)...TULETT, Henry W,
Private, RMLI, 9854 (Po)...WALLINGTON, John H, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13748...WEBB, Ernest, Sergeant, RMA, RMA 9611...WHITLOCK, Ernest W,
Private, RMLI, 18929 (Ch)...WILMOT, Walter P, Musician, RMB, RMB
1876...WOOD, Arthur O, Band Corporal, RMB, RMB 1174...WOOD, Frederick
W, Musician, RMB, RMB 824...WOOD, Montague, Musician, RMB, RMB
501...WOOLLACOTT, Herbert A, Corporal, RMLI, 18928 (Ch).
Second Battle Cruiser Squadron 2 battlecruisers (HMS Indefatigable sunk)
HMS Indefatigable, sunk:
ABRAHAM, Charles, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10681...ANTROBUS, Harry J, Bugler,
RMLI, 16147 (Ply)...ATKINS, Arthur C, Sergeant, RMA, RMA 8852..BARBER,
John, Private, RMLI, 10429 (Ply) BARHAM, Gerald J, Bandmaster 1c, RMB,
RMB 119...BEAVEN, Harold, Private, RMLI, 15882 (Po)...BEESLEY, William,
Private, RMLI, 17155 (Ply) BEESTON, Stanley A A, Gunner, RMA, RMA
10331...BLACKWELL, Arthur J, Private, RMLI, 10296 (Po)...BROADBRIDGE,
Allan, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10435 BROCKHURST, James, Private, RMLI, 15133
(Ply)..BUCKINGHAM, Edwin, Musician, RMB, RMB 1588...BURROWS, Stanley,
Corporal, RMLI, 15123 (Ply)..CAGNEY, Thomas, Musician, RMB, RMB
667...CARRICK, George, Private, RMLI, 14722 (Ply)...CARTER, Francis A,
Corporal, RMLI, 15569 (Ply)...CHAMP, William E, Private, RMLI, 16791
(Ply)..CHAPPLE, William S, Private, RMLI, 13947 (Ply)..CLARK, Wyndham
W, Private, RMLI, 14012 (Ply)...COLLETT, John H, Private, RMLI, 14601
(Ply)..COLLIS, Robert, Gunner, RMA, RMA 11441...COWELL, William E,
Private, RMLI, 16531 (Ply)...CREELMAN, James, Musician, RMB, RMB
488..DAVIS, William J, Private, RMLI, 15468 (Ply)...DEACON, Bertie W L,
Musician, RMB, RMB 1830...DEAN, William F, Gunner, RMA, RMA
6160...DOYLE, Francis, Private, RMLI, 16787 (Po)...DYER, George G,
Private, RMLI, 14004 (Po)...FALLON, William H, Gunner, RMA, RMA
14165...FARQUHARSON, Nathaniel M, Private, RMLI, 13572 (Ply)...FELTHAM,
William J, Private, RMLI, 6796 (Ply)..FIELD, George H, Gunner, RM
FIELDING, Harry, Private, RMLI, 17558 (Ply)..FOSKETT, Henry J,
Musician, RMB, RMB 856...FREEMAN, Charles J E, Colour Sergeant, RMLI,
12208 (Ply)..GALLAGHER, Ernest J, Musician, RMB, RMB 1772..GRAHAM,
John, Private, RMLI, 17205 (Ply)...GRIFFIN, Ernest, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13878..HARMAN, Richard J, Bombardier, RMA, RMA 12304...HARRIS, Malcolm
M, Corporal, RMLI, 14698 (Ply) HARRIS, Stephen, Private, RMLI, 17641
(Ply)...HENLEY, Bernard R, Musician, RMB, RMB 1834...HILL, George J,
Bugler, RMA, RMA 6306...HILL, Tom, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8162...HULSE,
Harold, Private, RMLI, 15427 (Ply)..HUNT, Albert, Gunner, RMA, RMA
12924..JAMES, Frederick, Musician, RMB, RMB 1250...JINKS, Albert J W,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 11545...KELLY, Joseph, Private, RMLI, 15555
(Ply)...KIRTON, Samuel P, Musician, RMB, RMB 1698 KITCHING, Thomas,
Private, RMLI, 13123 (Ply)...LEONARD, Joseph, Private, RMLI, 15543
(Ply)...LONGHORN, James H, Private, RMLI, 16826 (Po)..LOVELL, George,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 11884...MALLIN, John, Private, RMLI, 7041 (Ply)
MALLON, James, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13442...MASSEY, Thomas, Private, RMLI,
17899 (Ply)...MATTRAVERS, Fred, Private, RMLI, 8256 .Ply)...MCCAUSLAND,
William J, Private, RMLI, 17058 (Ply)..MILLS, Harry, Gunner, RMA, RMA
9027..MITSON, George W, Private, RMLI, S 316..MORELAND, Harry L,
Private, RMLI, 16822 (Ply)...MORLEY, Thomas, Private, RMLI, 14577
(Ply)...MUDDLE, John G, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8415...MURCH, Francis, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 10673..NUNN, Charles, Bombardier, RMA, RMA 10772..PHILLIPS,
Harry J, Sergeant, RMA, RMA 6341... RANDALL, William H, Musician, RMB,
RMB 413...RICKMAN, Horace E, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13172..ROURKE, James,
Private, RMLI, 12748 (Ply)...ROWBOTHAM, Wilfred, Gunner, RMA, RMA
12894...SCAMMELLS, William F, Private, RMLI, 11512 (Ply)...SCHUMMAKER,
George C, Band Corporal, RMB, RMB 1011...SEWELL, Herbert, Gunner, RMA,
RMA 13084...SIMPSON, Joseph C, Private, RMLI, 15320 (Ply) SIZER,
Edward, Act/Bombardier, RMA, RMA 11511...SLOCOMBE, Richard F, Private,
RMLI, 17896 (Ply)..SMEES, Alfred, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13109 SMITH, Albert
E, Ship's Corporal 2c, 229684 (Dev)..STAPLES, John W, Gunner, RMA,
RMA.140...STEPHENSON, Garton G, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12783...STEWART,
Samuel, Private, RMLI, 15164 (Ply)... SUTTON, Lawrence, Private, RMLI,
17713 (Ch) SWEENEY, Patrick, Private, RMLI, 15445 (Po)...THOMAS,
William J, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12889...WATTS, George, Private, RMLI, 15635
(Ply)..WEAVERS, Harold, Musician, RMB, RMB 1044...WHITE, Albert E,
Private, RMLI, 17741 (Ply)... WIFFEN, William J, Musician, RMB, RMB 924
WIGGINS, Edward J, Musician, RMB, RMB 1818 WILDE, Percy M C, Captain,
RMA...WILTON, Harvey, Gunner, RMA, RMA 9630
Fifth Battle Squadron (attached) 4 Dreadnoughts (HMS Barham, HMS Malaya, HMS Warspite damaged).
damaged, 10 ratings died of injuries on 1st June, and a further 13
ratings and 2 canteen staff on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th,
11th, 15th, 23rd and 24th June:
FOUND, William A, Private, RMLI,
18424 (Po)...HAIGH, Harry, Private, RMLI, 18451 (Po)..LEE, Charles,
Private, RMLI, 18419 (Po)...OSTRIDGE, William, Private, RMLI, 18428
(Po) PORTER, Charles, Private, RMLI, 16901 (Po)... ROGERS, Arthur,
Private, RMLI, 10521 (Po)...SOUTER, Samuel, Private, RMLI, 18440 (Po).
Second Light Cruiser Squadron, 4 light cruisers (HMS Dublin, HMS Southampton damaged):
MILLER, Richard T, Private, RMLI, 16072 (Po)...WOODLAND, William H, Private, RMLI, 12390 (Po)
Third Light Cruiser Squadron, 5 light cruisers (HMS Chester damaged):
HMS Chester, damaged, two ratings died of injuries on 1st June and one each on 2nd, 11th, 14th June and 27th July.
COOPER, William H, Ship's Corporal 1c, 225272 (Ch) FASSNIDGE, Edward,
Private, RMLI, 20012 (Ch)...GIBBS, John P, Private, RMLI, 16102 (Ch)
GRIMLEY, John M, Private, RMLI, 18024 (Ch)...PATTERSON, William J,
Private, RMLI, 10319 (Po) PRESTON, Thomas, Private, RMLI, 20048
(Ch)...SMITH, William, Private, RMLI, 14230 (Ch)...THORP, Raymond W,
Bugler, RMLI, 18245 (Ch) TUCKER, Albert H, Private, RMLI, 17433 (Ch)
Third Battle Cruiser Squadron (attached) 3 battlecruisers (HMS Invincible lost).
ALLCHIN, George H, Private, RMLI, 10207 (Po)...ASTLE, Reginald H,
Private, RMLI, 17356 (Po)...BARKER, Albert W, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13479..BEATWELL, Ernest, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14398...BECKETT, William,
Musician, RMB, RMB 680...BONCEY, Joseph J, Private, RMLI, 11603 (Po)
BOOKER, Frank W, Gunner, RMA, RMA 11432...BROWN, William L, Private,
RMLI, 18333 (Po)...BURFORD, William, Private, RMLI, 13944 (Po)...BURT,
Alfred, Private, RMLI, 18338 (Po)...CALLIS, Sidney, Musician, RMB, RMB
1599...CANNINGS, Willie G, Private, RMLI, 18247 (Po) CARDEN, William F,
Private, RMLI, 18183 (Po)...CHAMPION, Henry, Gunner, RMA, RMA 5375
CHAMPION, William J, Private, RMLI, 15643 (Po) CHANCE, Thomas J, Band
Corporal, RMB, RMB 1031...CHARLTON, Albert H, Private, RMLI, 7978
(Ply)...CHEESMUR, William S, Private, RMLI, 18276 (Po)...CLAPSON,
Joseph, ShipS Corporal 1c (Pens), 350021 (Po) CLARK, Albert E,
Musician, RMB, RMB 227...CLARK, John, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10056...COLLINS,
Henry W, Private, RMLI, 7283 (Po)...COLQUHOUN, Robert C, Major,
RM...COOK, Reginald, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12724...CORBON, George W M,
Ship's Corporal 1c, 178738 (Po)...COX, Henry J, Private, RMLI, 18307
(Po)...CRUICKSHANKS, Robert, Sergeant, RMA, RMA 5526...DANIELS, Ernest
P, Private, RMLI, 14410 (Po)...DAVIS, Arthur V, Private, RMLI, 16715
(Po)...DENT, Harry, Private, RMLI, 18346 (Po) DENYER, Frank C, Private,
RMLI, 16714 (Po) DEXTER, Edmond C, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12399...DOLAN,
Thomas J, Bombardier, RMA, RMA 12794 DOLLING, Francis J, Musician, RMB,
RMB 1010 DOLTON, William F, Private, RMLI, 16710 (Po)...DUNDAS, Norman,
Private, RMLI, 12917 (Po) DUNN, Charles A, Musician, RMB, RMB
2262...DURHAM, Arthur, Private, RMLI, 18357 (Po)...EMMETT, Maurice
(real name, but served as Maurice Maher), Musician, RMB, RMB
1509...EVERETT, George T, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13445...EVERTON, Samuel,
Private, RMLI, 274 (Ply)...FISHER, Herbert C, Private, RMLI, 16711
(Po)...FITZGERALD, Arthur D, Private, RMLI, 16684 (Po)...FLETCHER,
James, Private, RMLI, 18358 (Po)...FREEMAN, Edgar, Gunner, RMA, RMA
10425..FULKER, Charles F, Private, RMLI, 18360 (Po)...GILLMAN, Sidney
G, Private, RMLI, 13019 (Po)...HARDING, William S L, Sergeant, RMLI,
9383 (Po)...HEARN, Albert V, Musician, RMB, RMB 1886...HERRIDGE,
George, Private, RMLI, 14195 (Po) HERRING, William D, Private, RMLI,
16740 (Po)...HIBBERD, Frederick, Private, RMLI, 16713 (Po)...HIGGS,
Sidney J, Corporal, RMLI, 14259 (Po)...HOBBS, Harry T, Private, RMLI,
16663 (Po)...HOWARD, Frank, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14243 HOWARD, John M T,
Musician, RMB, RMB 2045...HUMPHREY, Charles, Gunner, RMA, RMA
14014...HUTCHINGS, George W, Musician, RMB, RMB 1019...HYSLOP, Norman,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 12687...JAMIESON, Robert F, Band Corporal, RMB, RMB
1184...KEAN, John, Private, RMLI, 13732 (Po)...KEAR, William G,
Private, RMLI, 14944 (Po)...KELHAM, Ernest, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13448...KNIGHT, Albion H, Private, RMLI, 10412 (Po)...LE SEELLEUR, John
T, Lieutenant, RMLI...LEESON, Charles, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12221...LEGG,
Reginald, Private, RMLI, 15563 (Po)...LYNCH, John, Private, RMLI, 10585
(Po)...MANN, Ernest, Gunner, RMA, RMA 7006...MILLARD, George, Private,
RMLI, 15817 (Po)...MITCHELL, Walter, Private, RMLI, 15152
(Ply)...MOORE, Edward W, Sergeant, RMA, RMA 7916...MORRIS, Herbert W,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 13797...NIXON, Albert E, Gunner, RM...NORMAN, George,
Musician, RMB, RMB 408...ORR, Ernest F J, Private, RMLI, 13892 (Ply)
OTTAWAY, William J, Private, RMLI, 15405 (Po)...PARKER, Frederick W H,
Corporal, RMLI, 15023 (Po)...PEARCE, Harry H F, Gunner, RMA, RMA
10567...PEARSON, Reuben, Private, RMLI, 9217 (Ply)...PHELAN, John D,
Bugler, RMLI, 16860 (Po)...REEVES, Robin M, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13456...RENDALL, Frank H, Private, RMLI, 17293 (Po)...RIDGE, Francis,
Musician, RMB, RMB 508 ROBBINS, Samuel H, Private, RMLI, 15758
(Po)...ROLLS, John, Musician, RMB, RMB 678...SHANKS, Thomas F, Private,
RMLI, 18328 (Po)...SHEARING, Henry W, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10921...SHERMAN,
Arthur, Corporal, RMLI, 14665 (Po)...SIMMS, Albert, Private, RMLI,
18354 (Po)...SPOONER, Albert E, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12022...STYLES, Albert
H, Private, RMLI, 18329 (Po)...SUNDERLAND, Arthur, Private, RMLI, 18347
(Po)...TAYLOR, George E, Private, RMLI, 18316 (Po)...TEBBITT, William
T, Bugler, RMA, RMA 13859...TERRY, Ernest E J, Private, RMLI, S 1015
(Po)...THOMPSON, Frederick J, Private, RMLI, 17921 (Po)...TRICKS,
Robert, Gunner, RMA, RMA 10665...TURTON, Thomas F, Private, RMLI, 16707
(Po)...VINEY, John, Private, RMLI, 18294 (Po) WAIT, William T, Private,
RMLI, 14552 (Po)...WARD, Harry E, Private, RMLI, 14128 (Po)...WATSON,
Alfred J, Musician, RMB, RMB 2063...WHATLEY, William F A, Private,
RMLI, 16736 (Po)...WILES, Theodore, Ship's Corporal 1c, 210928
(Po)...WILSON, George, Private, RMLI, 14939 (Po)...WILSON, Thomas,
Private, RMLI, 11164 (Ply)...WOOD, Arthur, Private, RMLI, 15626
(Po)...WOOD, Frederick A, Corporal, RMA, RMA 10231...YOUNGER, William
E, Private, RMLI, 11888 (Ply).
First Cruiser Squadron four cruisers (HMS Black Prince, HMS Defence, HMS Warrior lost)
HMS Black Prince:
ARMSTRONG, Alfred J, Private, RMLI, 13778 (Po)...ASPINALL, Frederick S,
Private, RMLI, 12580 (P0)...BARSBY, Thomas, Private, RMLI, 8311
(Po)...BLANDFORD, Sidney H, Private, RMLI, 15988 (Po)...BONNER,
William, Private, RMLI, 15171 (Po)...BOWERMAN, Charles G, Private,
RMLI, 17914 (Po)...BREWERTON, Abraham H, Private, RMLI, 16598
(Po)...BUTLIN, John H, Private, RMLI, 15447 (Ch)...CALLAGHAN, Bernard,
Private, RMLI, 17172 (Po)...CHURCHER, Henry J, Private, RMLI, 16556
(Po)...CHURCHILL, Arthur E, Private, RMLI, 15713 (Po)...CONWAY, Harry,
Private, RMLI, 14884 (Po)...COWARD, Thomas A, Private, RMLI, 16570
(Po)...CUOMO, Guiseppe, Bandsman, 363248 (Po)...DABBS, William,
Private, RMLI, 16599 (Po)...DAVIS, Horace W, Private, RMLI, 17723
(Po)...DELVES-BROUGHTON, Alfred W, Captain, RM DENNING, Christian E,
Private, RMLI, 17748 (Po)...DROVER, John E J, Private, RMLI, 17684
(Po)... DYER, James, Private, RMLI, 8856 (Po).. ELLIOTT, Henry G,
Private, RMLI, 17171 (Po)...EYLES, Bertram A, Private, RMLI, 16333
(Po)... FISHER, James C, Private, RMLI, 16003 (Po)...FLACK, Arthur,
Private, RMLI, 16585 (Po)...FORD, Richard H, Private, RMLI, 16569 (Po)
FORMOSA, Angelo, Bandsman, 354720 (Po)...FRENCH, Richard G, Private,
RMLI, 16597 (Po)...GASKIN, Luke, Private, RMLI, 17697 (Po)...GIBBINS,
George W, Private, RMLI, 15955 (Po)...GINGELL, Joseph F, Private, RMLI,
16630 (Po)...GOODCHILD, Arthur, Private, RMLI, 16348 (Po)...GREEN,
George, Private, RMLI, 18483 (Po)...GUNNER, Christopher J, Private,
RMLI, 17688 (Po)...HARRIS, Wilfred J, Private, RMLI, 17383
(Po)...HIGGINS, Frederick D Y, Private, RMLI, 16584 (Po)...HOAR,
Charles H, Private, RMLI, 16031 (Po) HOAR, Ernest W, Private, RMLI,
11167 (Po)...HOLT, Ernest A, Private, RMLI, 11268 (Po) HOOPER, Charles
H, Sergeant, RMLI, 12283 (Po)...INGLIS, Charles, Private, RMLI, 16583
(Po)...KIDSTON, Arthur S, Private, RMLI, 17784 (Po)...LANE, William K,
Private, RMLI, 16557 (Po)...LEEDHAM, James G, Private, RMLI, 15331
(Ch)...LINSKILL, Frederick C, Private, RMLI, 15120 (Po)...LOCKLEY,
Howard F, Corporal, RMLI, 14211 (Po)...LUGG, Reginald F, Private, RMLI,
17692 (Po)...MACDONALD, Thomas, Private, RMLI, 16562 (Po)...MARTIN,
Edward, Private, RMLI, 13151 (Po)...MULROONEY, Edward H J, Bugler,
RMLI, 18698 (Po)...NASH, Arthur G, Private, RMLI, 17101 (Po)...PARSONS,
Roland W, Private, RMLI, 16620 (Po)...PENNY, Frederick C, Private,
RMLI, 16610 (Po)...PHILLIPS, Frederick W, Private, RMLI, 16665
(Po)...PICK, Walter, Private, RMLI, 17710 (Po)...PORTOGHESE, Guiseppe,
Bandsman, M 4348 (Po) PORTOGHESI, Enrico, Bandsman, 114422
(Po)...PRICE, William H, Private, RMLI, 16600 (Po)...PRIMMER, John H,
Lance Sergeant, RMLI, 15167 (Po) PRINCE, James, Corporal, RMLI, 15071
(Po)...READ, Henry W C, Private, RMLI, 8231 (Po)...ROBERTSON, Robert P,
Private, RMLI, 16390 (Po) ROBINSON, William G, Private, RMLI, 17852
(Po)...ROSMONDO, Mattio, Bandsman, 361392 (Po)...RUFF, John, Private,
RMLI, 15267 (Po)...SANGER, Frederick, Private, RMLI, 16563
(Po)...SCOTT, Ernest, Private, RMLI, 17927
(Po)... SHAW, Richard E, Private, RMLI, 15530 (Po)...SLAYMAKER, Edward
T, Corporal, RMLI, 10971 (Po)...SMITH, Valentine, Private, RMLI, 16340
(Po) SMITH, William J, Private, RMLI, 17751 (Po)...STEINTHAL, Geoffrey
R, Act/Lieutenant, RM...STIMPSON, Sydney A, Private, RMLI, 17924
(Po)...STOUT, Albert E, Colour Sergeant, RMLI, 7785 (Po)...STRANO,
Domenico, Bandsman, 353263 (Po)...STRONACH, Charles, Private, RMLI,
15830 (Po) STUART, William, Private, RMLI, 16616 (Po)...TAWNEY, Cyril
V, Bugler, RMLI, 18659 (Po)...TILBURY, Lawrence A, Private, RMLI, 16560
(Po)...TUCKER, Harry, Private, RMLI, 14190 (Po)...TURNER, Henry W W,
Private, RMLI, 16512 (Po) UNGARO, Luigi, Band Corporal, 353485 (Po)
URSO, Giovannai, Bandsman, 356933 (Po)...VINEY, Bertie J, Corporal,
RMLI, 15085 (Po)...WHITE, John M, Private, RMLI, 11691 (Po)...WILLS,
Arthur S, Private, RMLI, 15597 (Po)...WILSON, Francis A, Private, RMLI,
ASHE, Robert, Private, RMLI, 15633 (Ply)...AYERS, Bertie W, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 11442...BAGNALL, Leslie J, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13055...BALDACCHINO, Alberto, Bandsman, 157931...BANKS, Harry, Private,
RMLI, 17898 (Ply)...BEAGLEY, Frederick J, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13061...BEET, Arthur, Gunner, RMA, RMA 11765...BENNETT, Courtney W,
Private, RMLI, 16123 (Ply)...BLACKMAN, Ernest A, Gunner, RMA, RMA
5538...BLATCHFORD, Thomas H, Private, RMLI, 15599 (Ply)...BOLDERSTON,
James J, Private, RMLI, 17342 (Ply)...BOWDEN, Alfred A T, Gunner, RMA,
RMA 10630...BOYLING, Albert, Private, RMLI, 14997 (Ply)...BROOKS,
Francis G, Private, RMLI, 16429 (Ply)...BROWN, Harold, Gunner, RMA, RMA
14451...BROWN, Lawrence, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14178...BUCKELL, George H,
Bombardier, RMA, RMA 10679...BULLEN, Albert B, Private, RMLI, 17893
(Ply)...BURDETT, John E, Private, RMLI, 16739 (Ply)...BURRIDGE, Walter
G, Private, RMLI, 14775 (Ply)...CARMANDO, Nunzio, Bandsman,
362456...CAVALLAZZI, Agostino, Bandsman, 354475...COLES, Albert,
Private, RMLI, 6420 (Ply)...COLTON, James L, Lance Sergeant, RMA, RMA
11374...CONQUEST, Claude F, Bombardier, RMA, RMA 13062...CONSIGLIO,
Giovanni, Bandsman, 177581...COOKE, Frederick, Private, RMLI, 15647
(Ply)...COOPER, Herbert J, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14544...CROSSAN, Thomas L,
Private, RMLI, 17318 (Ply)...CROWLEY, Jeremiah, Ship's Corporal 1c,
297253 (Dev)...DANIEL, Frank H, Bugler, RMLI, 16031 (Ply)...DAVIES,
David, Gunner, RMA, RMA 11928...DI MAURO, Virgilio, Chief Bandmaster,
158946...EDWARDS, Robert, Private, RMLI, 15631 (Ply)...EDWARDS, Stanley
F, Corporal, RMLI, 9819 (Ply)...ENGLAND, Albert F, Private, RMLI, 17359
(Ply)...FLINT, William E I, Private, RMLI, 17994 (Ply)...FONDACARO,
Nicolo, Band Corporal, 163938...FURLONG, William, Gunner, RMA,
12643...GILLARD, William C, Private, RMLI, 17363 (Ply)...GLOVER,
Joseph, Private, RMLI, 15628 (Ply)...GOSLIN, Cecil S, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13069...GOSLING, James T, Sergeant, RMLI, 6621 (Ply)...GRANT, George D,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 14651...GRANT, Stanley W, Gunner, RMA, RMA
14469...GREENWOOD, Leonard M, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12586...GURNEY, William
A, Gunner, RMA, RMA 6795...HAMILTON, Alexander D P, Act/Lieutenant,
RM...HOARE, William, Private, RMLI, 15624 (Po)...HUBBARD, William,
Colour Sergeant, RMA, RMA 4486...JOHNSTON, Samuel C, Private, RMLI,
17830 (Ply)...JOLLIFFE, Victor, Act/Bombardier, RMA, RMA
11539...JORDAN, James R, Gunner, RMA, RMA 13900...KELLY, Patrick,
Private, RMLI, 73880 (Ply)...KEYS, Alfred R, Act/Bombardier, RMA, RMA
13067...LANGMEAD, Ernest J, Private, RMLI, 15637
(Ply)...LIGRESTISCHIROS, Emanuele, Bandsman, 363072...LITTON, Tom,
Private, RMLI, 13632 (Ply)...LONG, William A, Gunner, RMA, RMA
5271...LOVEGROVE, Benjamin, Gunner, RMA, RMA 7480...LYNCH, William,
Private, RMLI, 13552 (Ply)...MACLEAN, Parry, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13461...MCGUIRE, Alfred F, Gunner, RMA, RMA 8863...MCNAMARA, William,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 9609...MONTESIN, Carmelo, Bandsman,
175642...MONTGOMERY, John, Private, RMLI, 17190 (Ply)...MORLEY, Walter,
Private, RMLI, 12335 (Ply)...MORRIS, Ernest J, Sergeant, RMA, RMA
6892...MUSCARA, Corrado, Bandsman, 355168...OSBORN, Samuel F, Gunner,
RMA, RMA 14523...O'SULLIVAN, William H, Ship's Corporal 1c, 217980
(Dev)...PACKER, Henry, Gunner, RMA, RMA 12664...PITTEY, Charles J,
Private, RMLI, 16469 (Ply)...POLATO, Antonio, Bandsman,
353280...PORTELLI, Enrico, Bandsman, 353781...PORTER, George, Private,
RMLI, 10397 (Ply)...PRESTON, Alfred H S, Sergeant, RMLI, 8306
(Ply)...PRICE, James, Private, RMLI, 14572 (Ply)...PRIDE, James,
Private, RMLI, 17756 (Ply)...RICHES, Lewis, Bombardier, RMA, RMA
13054...RIDD, Albert J, Gunner, RMA, RMA 7827...RONSISVALLE, Alfredo,
Bandsman, 356550...RUSH, Alfred W, Bugler, RMA, RMA 14253...RYAN,
William, Private, RMLI, 17775 (Ply)...SAINT, Frank P, Gunner, RMA, RMA
14470...SALTER, Charles B, Ship's Corporal 1c, M 19147 (Dev)...SANDERS,
William H D, Private, RMLI, 15062 (Po)...SANDHAM, Frederick J, Private,
RMLI, 14180 (Po)...SHORROCKS, Bernard, Private, RMLI, 15632
(Ply)...SINGLETON, Tom, Private, RMLI, 14690 (Ply)...STEPHENSON, Albert
V, Private, RMLI, 14109 (Ply)...STEVENSON, John W, Gunner, RMA, RMA
13059...STOCKDEN, Thomas G, Bombardier, RMA, RMA 12867...TAYLOR, John,
Private, RMLI, 17174 (Ply)...TAYLOR, John C, Ship's Corporal 1c, M
16192 (Dev)...TAYLOR, Philip, Private, RMLI, 13635 (Ply)...TURNER,
Bertie, Gunner, RMA, RMA 14531...VENTURI, Roberto, Bandsman,
168700...WALDEN, George W, Private, RMLI, 17781 (Ch)...WALKER, William,
Gunner, RMA, RMA 12638...WHIDDON, Albert, Corporal, RMLI, 15247
(Ply)...WILLIAMS, Sidney J, Private, RMLI, 15622 (Ply)...WOOD, Arthur
W, Private, RMLI, 14132 (Ply).
HMS Warrior - damaged on 31st May, sank 1st June, one rating each died of wounds on 1st, 3rd, 5th and 11th June.
LETHEREN, Arthur G, Private, RMLI, 15588 (Ply)...TROTT, Frederick G,
Ship's Corporal 1c, M 6036 (Dev)...WILLERTON, William, Bugler, RMA, RMA
Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron 5 light cruisers (HMS Calliope damaged) and 1 attached HMS Calliope, two rating died of injuries on 1st June, and one on 3rd:
BALCOMBE, Archer W, Sergeant, RMLI, 15620 (Ch)...HORSFALL, Frederick T, Private, RMLI, 10018 (Ch).
Eleventh Destroyer Flotilla 1 light cruiser (HMS Castor damaged), 1 flotilla leader, 14 destroyers (no lives lost)
HMS Castor, light cruiser, damaged:
FLORY, Albert E, Bugler, RMLI, 18169 (Po)...Thursday 1st June 1916.
Battle Fleet, Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, 2 flotilla leaders (HMS Broke damaged on 31st May, HMS Tipperary sunk on 1st June), 17 destroyers (HMS Shark, HMS sunk, HMS Acasta, HMS Porpoise, HMS Spitfire damaged on 31st May, HMS Ardent, HMS Fortune, HMS Sparrowhawk sunk on 1st June)
HMS Tipperary, flotilla leader, sunk:
HICKS, William H C, Private, RMLI, 15272 (Po)...HOWARD, Temple,
Private, RMLI, 15111 (Po)...LEVER, George, Private, RMLI, 5812
(Po)...SAFFERY, Henry T, Private, RMLI, 14720 (Po)...SMALLEY, William,
Sergeant, RMLI, 7037 (Po)...STEWART, Neil, Private, RMLI, 15056
(Po)...WARREN, Arthur A E W, Private, RMLI, 16891 (Po) WATERS, Charles,
Private, RMLI, 16359 (Ch).
Died of wounds or injuries sustained in earlier actions.
Battle Cruiser Fleet:
HMS Malaya, Dreadnought battleship, Fifth Battle Squadron, damaged on 31st May:
MABBETT, Frank, Private, RMLI, 7273 (Po) REDMOND, Michael, Private, RMLI, 687 (Po).
HMS Calliope, light cruiser, Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron, damaged on 31st May:
COLLINS, William A, Private, RMLI, 19073 (Ch).
In all, 593 Royal Marines including bandsmen lost their lives during this sea battle alone.
1916. Monday 5th June. The Empire sustained an Irreparable loss, when HMS
Hampshire, which was conveying Lord Kitchener and his staff to Russia,
struck a mine off the Orkneys and was lost with all hands, except a few
who were rescued from a raft. The Royal Marines in the Batteries at Hoy
(Orkneys) found themselves helpless spectators and could only watch her
sink, and search the shore for any survivors who might have been washed
up in the rough seas. Captain C.S. Hazeon RMLI, who had narrowly
escaped being blown up in HMS Natal, and 63 NCO’s and men of the RMLI
1916. Wednesday 7th June. Royal Marines from HMS Talbot involved in the occupation of Tanga East Africa.
1916. Saturday 24th June. Royal Marines Cyclist Company of the Royal Naval Division disbanded while in Flanders France.
1916. Saturday 24th June. Headquarters AA Battalion RMA returned to England.
1916. Saturday 1st July. The Battle of the Somme Commenced - RMA Howitzer Brigade on the Western Front.
1916. Sunday 2nd July. The Royal Naval Brigade was broken up, and the staff joined the 3rd (Royal Marine) Brigade.
1916. Saturday 1st - 13th July. The Battle of Albert - RMA Howitzer Brigade on the Western Front.
1916. Wednesday 13th July. 1/RMLI take over trenches for the first time.
1916. Thursday 14th - 17th July. The Battle of Bazentin Ridge - No's 1, 2, 3 and 10 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Friday 15th July - 3rd September. The Battle of Delville Wood - No3 RMA Howitzer on the Western Front.
1916. Thursday 20th July. Royal Navy renumbered 63rd Royal Naval Division on the Western Front.
1916. Saturday 22nd - 26th July. HMS Talbot bombarded Bwem Bluff and Royal Marines landed at Pangani in East Africa.
1916. Sunday 23rd July - 3rd September. The Battle of Pozieres Ridge - No's 1, 2 and 10 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Thursday 27th - 29th July. Seamen and Royal Marines from HMS Talbot captured the village of Mkwadja in East Africa.
1916. Thursday 27th July. 1st Reserve Battalion RMLI formed at Blandford.
1916. Thursday 27th July. Royal Marine School of Musketry created at Browndown (later SASRM).
1916. Tuesday 1st August. Royal Marines from HMS Talbot with the gunboat HMS Thistle occupied Sadani in East Africa.
1916. Thursday 10th August. HMS India, armed merchant cruiser, torpedoed off Norway, 9 Royal Marines were lost.
1916. Tuesday 15th August. Royal Marines from HMS Talbot, HMS Vengeance and HMS Challenger captured Bagamoyo in East Africa.
1916. Thursday 17th August. 1st and 2nd Battalion RMLI carried out reconnaissance patrols at Angres on the Western Front.
1916. Saturday 19th August. Cruisers in action against submarines and light forces in the North Sea.
1916. Monday 21st August. Bombardment of Dar-Es-Salaam by HMS Talbot, HMS Vengeance and HMS Challenger in East Africa.
1916. Saturday 26th August. No 15 Royal Marine Battery occupied Morogoro in East Africa.
1916. Saturday 2nd - 5th September. Royal Marines from HMS Talbot, HMS Vengeance and HMS Challenger' occupied Dar-Es-Salaam in East Africa.
1916. Sunday 3rd - 6th September. The Battle of Guillemont - No's 3 and 10 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Thursday 7th September. Kilwa Kiwimc, and Kilwa Kisiwane surrendered to a Royal Marine force.
1916. Saturday 9th September. The Battle of Ginchy - No's 3 and 10 RMA Howitzers.
1916. Wednesday 13th September. A Royal Marines Force embarked in HMS Himalaya and landed at Mikindani in East Africa.
1916. Friday 15th - 22nd September. The Battle of Flers-Courcellette - No's 2 and 10 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Sunday 17th September. A Royal Marine force embarked in HMS Himalaya and later occupied Lindi in East Africa.
1916. Monday 18th September. HMS Challenger occupied Kiswere in East Africa.
1916. Monday 25th - 28th September. The Battle of Morval - No's 1 and 2 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Tuesday 26th - 28th September. The Battle of Thiepval Ridge - No's 1, 2 and 5 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Sunday 1st - 18th October. The Batttle of the Transloy Ridge - No 3 RMA Howitzers on the Western Front.
1916. Tuesday 10th - 11th October. The Battle of the Ancre Heights - No's 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 and 12 RMA Howitzers on the Western front.
1916. Wednesday 11th October. Royal Marines from HMS Exmouth and HMS Duncan occupied Lipso Island in Greece.
1916. Friday 13th October. General Paris, Commanding Royal Naval Division was wounded.
1916. Monday 13th - 15th November. The Battle of the Ancre-Beaumont Hamel -
the 63rd Royal Naval Division and 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1916. Friday 24th November. The 3rd Royal Marine Battalion took over the Garrison on the Aegean Islands.
1916. Friday 24th November. The Portsmouth Division RMLI Band sent to France for temporary duty on the Western Front.
1916. Friday 1st December. An RMLI Company inluded in the force landed at Athens in Greece.
1916. The pattern 1914 rifle was produced by three US firms after British
manufacturers delay production.
1916. Corporal Norman Finch was promoted to the rank of and Sergeant.
1917. Monday 1st - 2nd January. No 15 Royal Marine Battery in action at Mgeta in East Africa.
1917. Monday 1st January. HMS Cornwallis was sunk in the Mediterranean with the loss of 3 Royal Marines.
1917. Friday 12th January. Royal Marines from HMS Topaz in the landing to capture Salif from the Turks in the Red Sea. The
remote and mountainous country of Yemen was in 1917 theoretically part
of the Turkish Empire, however during preceding years the Imam of Yemen
had loosened Turkish ties so that only in the capital Sanaa, and in Red
Sea coastal ports such as Hodeida, and along the Aden border was
Turkish military authority paramount. The Turks in Yemen were
confronting British troops across the border on Aden territory with
what resources they possessed, but basically Yemen was a backwater.
Lawrence of Arabia’s line-cutting exploits on the Hedjaz Railway
ensured that reinforcements and military weapon and ammunition
re-supplies did not get through. The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
was award, to James Francis McLoughlin Po. 8873 of the Royal
Marine Light Infantry. For conspicuous gallantry during the capture of
Salif. Just before its surrender he came across 11 unwounded and one
wounded Turkish soldiers. Followed by one petty officer, Sergeant
McLoughlin jumped among them, shooting one, and made seven of them
surrender. Henry George Bartlett Po. 15558 of the Royal Marine Light
Infantry. For conspicuous gallantry during the capture of Salif, he
Single handed entered a hut occupied by two unwounded and one wounded
Turks and three Arabs and took them prisoner. Henry George
Bartlett of the Royal Marine Light Infantry was the third Royal Marine
to be awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry medal, for Conspicuous
Gallantry at the capture of salif. When he single handed entered a hut
occupied by two unwounded and one wounded Turk and three arabs and took
The Royal Navy maintained a blockade of Red Sea
ports to prevent arms traffic, but this was not fully effective as
British political considerations allowed ‘friendly’ nations to trade
across the Red Sea without too much interference. Since 1915 the
largest Yemeni island in the Red Sea, Kamaran, had been garrisoned by
Indian Army troops based in Aden; this island was a quarantine station
for pilgrims traveling to Mecca and there were some large and useful
structures on it.
Opposite Kamaran was the small Yemeni town and port of Salif,
garrisoned by around 100 Turkish troops with a few artillery
pieces. Before the war the Turks had exported local rock-salt
deposits from Salif, and a British company had been contracted to
upgrade the port facilities. This company, Messrs Sir John
Jackson Limited, had evacuated Salif quickly when hostilities were
declared between Turkey and Britain, leaving some valuable heavy plant
and equipment behind.
1917. Friday 2nd February. RMA Heavy Siege Train formed at Dunkirk.
1917. Friday 2nd February. Royal Marine Labour Corps formed at Deal.
1917. Tuesday 6th - 7th February. 2/RMLI occupied Grandcourt on the Western Front.
1917. Saturday 17th - 18th February. 1/RMLI and 2/RMLI in action at Miraumont on the Western Front.
1917. Friday 16th March. HMS Achilles sunk the German Raider Leopard in the North Sea.
1917. Friday 16th March. 'B' Battery AA Brigade armed with 3 inch guns at Dunkirk.
1917. Friday 16th March. 6 inch guns mounted and manned by Royal Marines at North Foreland.
1917. Friday 16th March. The Royal Naval Division Engineers transferred from
the Royal Marines to the Royal Engineers on the Western Front.
1917. Saturday 7th April. While on the Western front Major Frederick William
Lumsden DSO RMA (1872–1918) was awarded the Victoria Cross. His
citation was published in 'The London Gazette,' No. 30122, dated Friday
8th June, 1917, records the following and reads: For most conspicuous
bravery, determination and devotion to duty. Six enemy field guns
having been captured, it was necessary to leave them in dug-in
positions, 300 yards in advance of the position held by our troops. The
enemy kept the captured guns under heavy fire. Major Lumsden undertook
the duty of bringing the guns into our lines. In order to effect this,
he personally led four artillery teams and a party of infantry through
the hostile barrage. As one of these teams sustained casualties, he
left the remaining teams in a covered position, and, through very heavy
rifle, machine gun and shrapnel fire, led the infantry to the guns. By
force of example and inspiring energy he succeeded in sending back two
teams with guns, going through the barrage with the teams of the third
gun. He then returned to the guns to await further teams, and these he
succeeded in attaching to two of the three remaining guns, despite
rifle fire, which had become intense at short range, and removed the
guns to safety. By this time the enemy, in considerable strength, had
driven through the infantry covering points, and blown up the breach of
the remaining gun. Major Lumsden then returned, drove off the enemy,
attached the gun to a team and got it away.
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9th - 14th April. The Battle of Vimy Ridge on the Western Front. The
1/RMLI, No's 1, 11, and 12 RMA Howitzers were involved.
1917. Monday 9th - 14th April. The first Battle of Scarpe on the Western Front involved No's 3, 4, 6 and 10 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Saturday 21st April. HMS Swift and HMS Broke in action against German Destroyers off Dover in the English Channel.
1917. Monday 23rd - 24th April. The second Battle of the Scarpe on the Western Front involved No 11 RMA Howitzer.
1917. Saturday 28th -29th April. The Battle of Arleux on the Western Front involved 1/RMLI No's 10 and 11 Howitzers.
1917. Saturday 28th April. The capture of Gavrelle Windmill on the Western Frontinvolved 2/RMLI.
1917. Thursday 3rd - 4th May. The third Battle of the Scarpe on the Western Front involved No's 5 and 6 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Saturday 5th - 17th May. The Battle of Bullecourt on the Western Front involved No's 5 and 6 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Saturday 12th May. Royal Marine Detachments leave England with guns for coastal defence in the West Indies.
1917. Tuesday 15th May. HMS Bristol and HMS Dartmouth in action against Austrian Cruisers in the Adriatic.
1917. Sunday 20th May - 16th June. Actions along the Hindenburg Line involved No's 3, 4, and 6 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Sunday 3rd - 25 June. Souchez River on the Western Front invoved No's 1 and 11 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Thursday 7th June. The Battle of Meesines on the Western Front involved No's 2, 5, and 8 Howitzers.
1917. Tuesday 26th - 29th June. The capture of Avion on the Western Front involved No's 1 and 11 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Thursday 28th June. The capture of Oppy Wood on the Western Front involved No 12 Howitzer.
1917. Thursday 28th June. The first attack on Bullecourt on the Western Front involved No 11 RMA Howitzer.
1917. Thursday 28th June. The inspection of RMLI Battalion on the Western Front by Lord Charles Beresford.
1917. June - July. Royal Marines from HMS 'Talbot' landed for the defence of Port Amelia in East Africa.
1917. Monday 9th July. HMS Vanguard blew up and sank, 90 Royal Marines were lost.
1917. Tuesday 10th - 11th July. German Attack on Nieuport on the Western Front involved No's 2 and 5 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Tuesday 10th July. Heavy Casualties when No 12 Howitzer was shelled in Ypres on the Western Front.
1917. Sunday 15th July. Cruiser Action in the North Sea.
1917. Tuseday 31st July. Enemy shelling blew up RMA AA Brigade Ammunition Dump at Nieuport on the Western Front.
1917. Wednesday 1st - 2nd August. The Battle of Pilkem Ridge on the Western Front involved No's 4, 6, 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Friday 3rd August. RMA Battery successfully outgunned Germans at Tandamuti in East Africa.
1917. Wednesday 15th - 25th August. The Battle of Hill 70 on the Western Front involved No 1 RMA Howitzer.
1917. Thursday 16th - 18th August. The Battle of Langemarck on the Western Front involved No's 4, 6, 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Saturday 18th August. Guns which left England in May ready for action in the West Indies.
1917. Thursday 20th - 25th September. The Battle on Menin Road on the Western Front involved No's 4, 6, 11 and 12 Howitzers.
1917. Thursday 20th September. Increase of RMA Garrisson when RGA(T) ranks were withdrawn from Scapa Flow.
1917. Thursday 4th October. The Battle of Broodseinde on the Western Front involved No's 4, 6, 8, 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Tuesday 9th October. The Battle of Poelcapelle on the Western Front involved No's 4, 6, 8, 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Tuesday 9th October. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk between Russia and Germany, Austria, Hungary and Allies, on the Eastern Front.
1917. Friday 12 October. The 1st Battle of Passchendaele on the Western Front involved No's 4, 6, 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Friday 12th October - 26th November. The 2nd Battle of Passchendaele on the Western Front involved the
1st and 2nd No's 4, 6, 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Saturday 27th October. Royal Marine Officers and NCO's directing fire of Monitors during the third Battle of Gaza in Palistine.
1917. Saturday 3rd November. A large number of British Cruisers in action in the North Sea.
1917. Saturday 17th November. A large number of British Cruisers in action in the North Sea.
1917. Tuesday 20th November - 3rd December. The Battle of Cambraion on the Western Front involved No's 1 and 10 RMA Howitzers.
1917. Friday 30th November. No1 RMA Howitzer at Gouzeaucourt on the Western Front.
1917. Friday 30th November. The Royal Marines assumed overall responsibility for the Aegean Islands.
1917. Sunday 16th December. No1 (Home Service) Labour Company formed at Mining Depot, Granton Edinburgh.
1917. The abolition of a fee to a Drum Major for training of Buglers.
1917. November. The Women's Royal Naval Service was formed. Women were
allowed to enlist in the Auxiliary Services with WRNS (The Women’s
Royal Naval Service or ‘Wrens’), when serving with the Royal
Marines they were known as ‘Marens’. Wrens and Maren’s were
stationed at each of the barracks and undertook a wide
range of shore-based duties, such as clerks, mess waitresses,
cooks, wireless telegraphers and boat crew members. The Admiralty
restricted the WRNS to 3,000 women who were only allowed to do shore
service. Their number eventually doubled, as Wrens were able to
undertake many different jobs for which women had been thought
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1918. Thursday 3rd January. The Bombardment of Yarmouth on the UK East Coast.
1918. Sunday 20th January. Sortie of the Goeben and Breslau, a camp of 3 RM Battalion at Imbros shelled in the Dardanelles.
1918. Monday 21st January. Royal Marine Batteries leave for the UK from East Africa.
1918. Monday 21st January. The Royal Marine Garrison for coastal defence increased on the Shetland Islands.
1918. Wednesday 14th February. Brigades of the 63rd Royal Naval Division reorganised into three Battelions on the Western Front.
1918. Thursday 21st February. 4th Royal Marines Battalion concentrated to train at Deal for a raid on Zeebrugge.
1918. Thursday 21st February. The 5th Battalion was formed for anti submarine and AA duties with the Dover Patrol.
1918. Friday 1st March. 63rd Royal Naval Division Machine Gun Battalion formed on the Western Front.
1918. Thursday 7th March. On 7 March 1918, His Majesty King George V visited
the Depot Royal Marines, at Deal in Kent. On this occasion he
inspected Royal Marines Recruit squads, and took the salute of the
4th Battalion at a March Past. Six weeks later the 4th Battalion
were to storm ashore on to the Mole in the raid on Zeebrugge,
where they won great fame and two Victoria Crosses. To mark
his visit, His Majesty directed that the senior Recruit squad in
Royal Marines training would in future be known as the
King's Squad. He also directed that his Royal Cypher, surrounded
by a Laurel Wreath, would be known as the King's Badge, and
would be awarded to the best all round recruit in the King's
Squad, provided that he was worthy of the honour. The badge was to
be carried on the left shoulder, and worn in every rank. Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was graciously pleased to
approve that the custom and privilege of the King's Squad remain
unaltered. The King's Badge is not awarded to
every squad, and is only presented if a Recruit measures up to the very
exacting standards required.
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1918. Corps strength at that time was 55,000.
1918. Saturday 9th March. A trench raid by 2/RMLI on the Western Front.
1918. Monday 18th March. The Bombardment of Carac Battery of the RMA heavy Siege Train at Dunkirk.
1918. Tuesday 21st March. The Battle of St Quentin, and retreat commenced.
1918. Wednesday 22nd March. 2/RMLI repulsed an attack in Havincourt Wood on the Western Front.
1918. Wednesday 22nd March. No1 RMA Howitzer in action near Metz during German offensive on the Western Front.
1918. Wednesday 22nd March. No10 RMA Howitzer in action at Havrincourt Wood before being dismounted on the Western Front.
1918. Thursday 23rd March. Sergeant Norman Finch joined the 4th Battalion.
1918. Sunday 24th - 25th March. 63rd Royal Naval Division engaged in the 1st Battle of Bapaume on the Western Front.
1918. Sunday 24th March. 63rd Royal Naval Division in action at Bertincourt on the Western Front.
1918. Monday 25th March. 188 Brigade Rear Guard Action at Thiepval-Martinpuich on the Western Front.
1918. Tuseday 26th March. No6 RMA Howitzer shelled when dismounted at Neuville Vitasse on the Western Front.
1918. Tuesday 26th March. The 63rd Royal Naval Division withdrew across the Ancre river, on the Western Front.
1918. Wednesday 27th March. A Counter attack by 188 Brigade in Aveluy Wood on the Western Front.
1918. Wednesday 27th March. Royal Marine Engineers commenced to form with an HQ at Chatham.
1918. Monday 1st April. The RNAS and RFC merged and became the Royal Air
Force. Ten former RM officers transferred to the new service. The first
Chief of Air Staff was (by then) Major General F H Sykes a former,
albeit temporary, Colonel RM.
1918. Wednesday 3rd April. Royal Marines from HMS Suffolk landed at Vladivostock in Siberia.
1918. Friday 5th April. A Counter attack by RMLI Battalion in Aveluy Woods on the Western Front.
1918. Saturday 6th April. 4th Battalion embarked and orders were issued for
the Raid on the Zeebrugge Mole but were later postponed.
1918. Wednesday 10th - 11th April. The Battle of Messines on the Western Front involved No's 4 and 5 RMA Howitzers.
1918. Wednesday 10th April. No5 RMA Howitzer at Kemmel on the Western Front were ordered to retire and demolish gun.
1918. Tuesday 23rd April. A 'Corps Remembrance Day' and the St Georges day raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend. The 4th battalion Royal Marines formed the landing force for
the raid in which two Victoria Cross's were awarded to members of the
Corps. The battle took place at Zeebrugge in Belgium. It was mounted by two thousand men of the Royal Navy and Royal
Marines under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes. This port
was a base for German submarines, from which they attacked and sank
Allied shipping. They accounted for over a third of all the tonnage
sunk in World War One. It was vital that this port was denied to them
and this raid was to ensure that it was. The battle was fierce and the
attacking force faced fierce opposition and suffered heavy losses.
Marines and Sailors landed on the Mole and stormed the enemy defence.
Whilst the fighting was in progress three 'blocking' ships (HMS Thetis, HMS Intrepid and HMS Iphiginia and also HM Submarine C3) were scuttled, rendering the trapped German submarines useless. Royal Marines played a major role in the raid, when the Royal
Navy tried to block the Belgian port of Bruges. Two of three
block-ships were scuttled in the narrowest part of the Bruges Canal and
one of two submarines rammed the viaduct, which linked the shore and
the mole, to isolate the German garrison. However, the block-ships were
sunk in the wrong place and the canal was re-opened after a just few
days to submarines at high tide. The British casualties were numbered
583 men while the Germans lost 24 men. The raid was publicised as a
great British Victory and many medals were awarded.
Sergeant Norman Augustus Finch RMA (26th December 1890 - 15th March 1964), was the second in command of the pom-pom and Lewis gun in the exposed foretop of HMS Vindictive. During one period, the Vindictive sustained hits every few seconds. The officer in command and Finch maintained
a continuous covering fire.
Two heavy enemy shells hit them directly on the foretop, killing or
disabling the others. While severely wounded, Sergeant Finch kept
harassing the enemy, entrenched on the Mole, from his battered and
exposed position. Another direct hit finally put the rest of the
armament out of action.
Finch had been selected for the award of the Victoria Cross by his
fellow Royal Marines on account of his indomitable spirit initiative and daring despite Captain Bamford being wounded. Captain Edward Bamford DSO RMLI (28th May 1887- 29th September 1928) was chosen for his award of the decoration on the grounds of his
magnificent example, of leadership under fire. The account of Captain
Edward Bamford of the Royal Marines Light Infantry was that on the
night of the 22nd and 23rd of April 1918, from HMS Vindictive,
landed under great difficulty in the darkness. On the Mole with three
platoons of Royal Marines In the face of intensive enemy fire and led
the Company with great disregard for personal danger, setting a
magnificent example to his men. When he was satisfied with the safe
establishment of the first strong point, he then led his men in an
assault on an enemy battery on the left.
Sergeant Finch and Captain Bamford VC's published in the London Gazette
on 23rd of July 1918, and can be seen at:
||London Gazette 23.07.18
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the St Georges day raid on Zeebrugge, in the selection of the Men to
receive the Victoria Cross Rule thirteen was not strictly adhered to in
this instance. It is believed that it was the intention to award just
one VC and it is clear that only one ballot took place. The evidence
being the results of the vote by the members of the 4th Battalion. In
fact two men were awarded the Victoria Cross from the ballot held on
the 26th April at the Royal Marine Depot at Deal. The ballot contained
both Officers and Men of the 4th Battalion, contravening Rule 13 of The
Royal Warrant for the Victoria Cross, dated the 29th of January 1856.
The men were assembled on the Parade ground, where slips of voting
paper were handed to those present. (It is not known whether the
hospital wounded voted or not, but it is known that they were included
in the ballot.) The ballot resulted in two Victoria Cross's being
awarded, to Sergeant Norman Finch with 91 votes, and Captain Edward
Bamford 64 Votes.
Ballot paper from: http://www.victoriacross.co.uk/zebrugge.html
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1918. Monday 29th April. The Battle of Schepenberg Ridge on the Western Front involved No 12 RMA Howitzer.
1918. Monday 29th April. The Amalgamation of 1/RMLI and 2/RMLI as 1/RMLI on the Western Front.
1918. Monday 29th April. Royal Marine Recruits lent to Royal Aggison Artillery for 3 month period to man Coastal Defence Batteries.
1918. Monday 29th April. Royal Marines establishment Bases at Kyles of Lock Alsh and Inverness, etc for UK coastal defence.
1918. Friday 3rds May. No 527 Siege Battery mobilised for service with the RGA in France.
1918. Tuesday 7th May. No 525 Siege Battery mobilised for service with the RGA in France.
1918. Wednesday 8th - 10th May. A Royal Marine detachment of HMS Colhrane landed to defend Pechenga in North Russia.
1918. Thursday 9th May. No 526 Siege battery mobilised for service with the RGA in France.
1918. Friday 10th May. No 528 Siege Battery mobilised for service with the RGA in France.
1918. Saturday 18th - 19th May. An outpost raid by 1/RMLI at Hamel on the Western Front.
1918. Monday. 20th May. Royal Marines Force embarked from Newcastle in the UK for service in North Russia.
1918. Friday 24th - 25th May. 1/RMLI raided German trenches in the Ancre Valley on the Western Front.
1918. Friday 31st May. Royal Marines Field force lands at Murmansk in Russia.
1918. June. Owing to difficulties at RM Divisional HQ in training Buglers to
replace those transferring to the ranks, twelve boys were enlisted at
the Depot RM Deal for training as Buglers. Four would be transferred to
each RMLI Division. On completion they will be transferred to their
Divisional HQ and further Buglers trained in their place.
1918. Sadurday 8th June. Royal Marines Field Force Officers and NCO's sent to raise Finnish Legion in Northern Russia.
1918. Saturday 29th - 30th June. Royal Marines Field Force disarmed Bolsheviks in Northern Russia.
1918. Saturday 29th June. Royal Marines from HMS Suffolk disarmed Bolsheviks at Vladivostock in Siberia.
1918. Saturday 29th June. Royal Marines from HMS Talbot landed at Quilimane, Zambesi River mouth in East Africa.
1918. Saturday 29th June. Special Battery from the RMA AA Brigade arrived in Dunkirk from Chatham.
1918. Sunday 7th July. Royal Marines from HMS Attentive restored order at Soroka in Northern Russia.
1918. Wednesday 17th July. The Finnish Legion in action near the Finnish Frontier North Russia.
1918. Wednesday 17th July. Royal Marines Guard formed from the 3rd Royal Marines Battalion in Corfu.
1st August. A detachment from Royal Marines Field Force was involved in
the capture of the Modjyuski Batteries in North Russia.
1918. Thursday 8th August. The Commencement of the British Offensive on the Western Front.
1918. Tursday 8th - 28th August. Royal Marines from HMS Suffolk on the Ussuri River Operations.
1918. Sunday 11th August. Royal Marines from HMS Jono and HMS Diana leave Basra in Iraq to join the 'Dunster' 'Force.
1918. Sunday 18th August. Action of Outsteen Redge on the Western Front involved No4 RMA Howitzer.
1918. Sunday 18th August. No's 5 and 6 RMA Howitzers formed No 1 Siege Battery, RMA at Audricq on the Western Front.
1918. Wednesday 21st - 23rd August. The Battle of Albert at Logeast Wood on the Western Front involved the 63rd
Royal Naval Division and No's 3 and 10 RMS Howitzers.
1918. Sunday 25th August. Action at Grevillers and Les Barque on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Monday 26th August - 15th September. Part of the 'Dumpster' Force in the Siege and Evacuation of Baku on the Caspian Sea.
29th August. Armoured Train with guns manned by Royal Marines from HMS
Suffolk left Vladivostock for the River Volga in Siberia.
1918. Saturday 31st August - 2nd September. The second Battle of Bapaume on the Western Front involved the
63rd Royal Naval Division and No 3 RMA Howitzer.
1918. Monday 2nd - 3rd September. The Battle of Drocourt-Queant Line on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Wednesday 4th September. The attack on Canal du Nord on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Thursday 5th September. Guns and Royal Marines from 'Dumpster' Force leave Ruz on the Caspian Sea.
1918. Thursday 12th September. The Battle of Havrincourt on the Western Front involved the No 3 RMA Howitzer.
1918. Saturday 14th September. Royal Marines in the monitor HMS M25 in action at Chamova, on the River Dwina in Northern Russia.
1918. Wednesday 18th September. The Battle of Epehy on the Western Front involved No 3 RMA Howirzer.
1918. Friday 27th September. The Battle of Canal du Nord on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval
Division and No's 1, 3 and 8 RMA Howitzer.
1918. Friday 27th September. The capture of Anneux on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval Division.
28th September. A 9.2 inch Gun on a Railway Mounting supported the
Offensive - No 1 RMA Siege Battery on the Western Front.
1918. Saturday 28th - 29th September. The Bridging of Canal de L'Escaut on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Saturday 28th September - 3rd October. The Battle of Ypres on the Western Front involved the 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Sunday 29th September. The Seizing of a Crossing of the Escaul on
the Western Front involved the Drake and Hawke Battalions.
1918. Sunday 29th - 30th September. The attacks on Cambrai on the Western Front involved 188 and 190 Brigades.
1918. Sunday 29th September - 2nd October. The Battle of St Quentin Canal on the Western Front involved
No 1 RMA Siege Battery and No's 5, 6 and 12 RMA Howitzers.
1918. Monday 30th September. Bulgaria Surrendered on the Southern Front.
1918. Tuesday 1st October. The attack on strong point at Cambrai on the Western Front involved D Company 1/RMLI.
1918. Monday 7th October. The formation of 'A' Hun Battery from 1 RMA Siege Battery on the Western Front.
8th - 9th October. The Battle of Cambrai and Capture of Niergnies on the Western Front involved the 63rd
Royal Naval Division and No 8 RMA Howitzeron.
1918. Thursday 10th October. 'B' AA Battery at Nieuport fired its last shot on the Western Front.
1918. Wednesday 11th October. An Armoured Train arrived at Ufa South Russia.
1918. Saturday 12th October. No's 11 and 12 RMA Howitzers formed No 2 RMA Siege Battery on the Western Front.
1918. Monday 14th - 16th October. RMA Heavy Siege Train supported offensive in Belgium.
1918. Thursday 17th - 25th October. The Battle of Selle on the Western Front involved 'A' Hun RMA Battery.
1918. Thursday 31st October.The Armistice with Turkey was signed aboard HMS Agamemnon at Mudros.
1918. Thursday 31st October. Merchant ships seized and converted into warships on the Caspian Sea.
1918. Monday 4th November. An armistice was signed with Austria.
1918. Monday 5th - 11th November. The pursuit to Mons by 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Monday 5th - 7th October. The Battle of Sambro by 63rd Royal Naval Division.
1918. Saturday 9th November. HMS Britannia was torpedoed by a submarine off Cape Trafalgar (12 Royal Marines were lost).
1918. Monday 11th November. The capture of Mons on the Western Front by 63rd Royal Naval Division .
11th November at 0550. H.L. Eaves of the 13th Hussars B Company had the
honour of sending a wireless message that was to end the First World
War. The original message was in French, and read: The Commandant in
Chief orders that hostilities that are happening on all of the fronts
are to cease at 11th November at 11 o’clock for all the troops and
allies. They are to wait until news of where to go and at what hour.
Signed Marshal Foch. 0550
H.L.Eaves’s son Jack went on to joined
the Royal Marines during, and survived the Second World War and took
part in the D-Day Landing. Documents from Royal Marine Jack Eaves.
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1918. A total of five Royal Marines were awarded the Victoria Cross during
the First World War, two at Zeebrugge, one at Gallipoli, one at sea
during the battle of Jutland and one on the Western Front.
1918. Tuesday 12th November. 3rd Royal Marine Battalion occupied the Turkish Forts in the Bosphorus and dismantled the guns.
1918. Tuesday 12th November. Headed by HMS Superb the Allied Fleet passed through to Constantinople.
1918. Thursday 14th November. Guard of Honour from HMS Superb at Constantinople for the GOC.
1918. Friday 15th November. An element of 1/RMLI took part in the official entry into Mons, on the Western Front.
1918. Saturday 16th November. HMS Suffolk's Armoured Train in action on the river Volga in North Russia.
1918. Thursday 21st November. Almost 5,000 Royal Marines were at the Surrender of the German High Seas Feet at Rosyth, Scappa Flow.
1918. Sunday 1st December. Detachment of HMS Temeraire landed to take over the Railway Station and Wharves at Sevastopol.
1918. Sunday 8th December. Royal Marines manning guns in armed merchant ships in action against Bolshevists (Caspian).
1918. Monday 9th December. Occupation by the 3rd Royal Marines Battalion to evacuate German troops from Sevastopol.
1918. Tuseday 17th December. Royal Marines Field Force concentrated at Kandalaksha in North Russia.
1918. Sunday 29th December. Royal Marines in armed merchant ships bombarded the Bolshevists at Star-Techernaya on the Caspian.
1918. Monday 30th December. HMS Temeraire and 3rd Royal Marines Battalion handed over to the French at Sevastopol.
1919. Monday 20th January - 17th March. Detachment from HMS Suffolk in garrison at Omsk Siberia.
1919. Thursday 13th February. Royal Marine detachments sent out in June 1917, returned to England.
1919. Friday 21st February. Royal Marines manning guns when Base opened at Petrosk on the Caspian.
1919. February - March. Royal Marines from HMS Ceres and HMS Cardiff in operations at Libau and Riga on the Baltic.
1919. Monday 10th March. Royal Marines Field Force training at Kem in Northern Russia.
1919. Tuesday 25th March. HMS Glory's Detachment to Knabja Ghuba to assist in repatriation of Finnish in Northern Russia.
1919. Tuesday 15th April. Royal Marines from HMS Kent relieve Royal Marines from HMS Suffolk at Omsk in Siberia.
1919. Thursday 17th - 22nd April. HM Ships in operations off Sevastopol and crushed Bolshevist attack on Kertch in the Crimea.
1919. Saturday 3rd May. Royal Marines Field Force advance and captured Maselskaya in Northern Russia.
1919. Tuesday 6th May. A tug commissioned as Kent and a barge Suffolk at Perm in Siberia.
1919. Wednesday 14th May. The Suffolk barge in action against the Bolshevist on the Viatka River in Northern Russia.
1919. Saturday 17th - 18th May. Royal Marines Field Force captured Medveyja Gora in Northern Russia.
1919. Wednesday 21st May. The Bombardment of Fort Alexandrovsk on the caspian.
1919. Saturday 24th May. The Kent and Suffolk in action at Elabouga in Siberia.
1919. Thursday 29th - 30th May. The Kent and Suffolk in action on the Bielava River in Siberia.
1919. Tuesday 3rd June. The Kent in action at Sarapoul in Siberia.
1919. Wednesday 4th - 10th June. The Kent and Suffolk in engagements on the Kama River in Siberia.
1919. Friday 6th June. Inspection of details of the 63rd Royal Naval Division by HRH The Prince of Wales in London.
1919. Saturday 14th - 15th June. Details of RMA Howitzer Brigade return to Eastney from France.
1919. Thursday 19th - 21st June. Royal Marines from the Naval Flotilla in action at Topsa and Troitsa in Northern Russia.
1919. Thursday 26th June. The first occasion that a Royal Marine Band
appeared as the resident band at the Royal Naval, Military and Air
Force tournament - later the Royal Tournament - when Mr P.S.G. O'Donnell
and the Band of the Plymouth Division, RMLI undertook this duty. This
was the first Tournament since 1914.
1919. Saturday 28th June. The tug Kent and barge Suffolk dismantled at Perm in Siberia.
Saturday 28th. Sergeant W.H. Beime Chatham RMLI, Sergeant G.H. Locker
Plymouth RMLI represented the Royal Marines at the signing of the
Treaty of Versailles in France.
1919. Tuesday 8th July. Action at Troitsa on the River Dwina, during a mutiny by White Russians in Northern Russia.
1919. Thursday 10th July. Royal Marines Field Force embarked at Archangel for England.
1919. August. The award of a distinctive badge for musical efficiency. RNSM
Musicians who have reached the standard required for the granting of
the Musical Proficiency Allowance (KR & AI vol II, App XV, Part
III, No 11) were issued with a badge, red star, to be worn on the right
arm below the elbow.
1919. Friday 1st August. HMS Caradoc bombarded the Bolshevists at Kinburn in the Crimea.
1919. Friday 1st August. 6th Royal Marines Battalion embarked at Tilbury for Northern Russia.
1919. Friday 1st - 8th August. HMS Caradoc engaged in operations on the Rivers Bug and Dnieper in Southern Russia.
1919. Sunday 10th August. Royal Marines from the naval Force in action on the Selmenga River in Northern Russia.
1919. Sunday 17th August. 6 Battalion in action on the Railway at Kapaselga in Northern Russia.
1919. Saturday 30th August. 'C' Coy 6 Battalion in the first skirmish at Koikori in Northern Russia.
1919. Tuesday 2nd September. Details of the Caspian Naval Force leave Petrovsk.
1919. Monday 8th - 10th September. 6 Battalion in action at Ussuna and Koikori in Northern Russia.
1919. Tuesday 16th September. Royal Marines from the Naval Force in action on the Vaga River in Northern Russia.
1919. Tuseday 30th September. The Naval Force evacuated Archangle in Northern Russia.
1919. Thursday 8th October. 6th Royal Marines embarked at Archangle for England.
1919. 11am Tuesday 11th November. The Offical end of the First World War.
1919. The list of Medals the British government agreed to award its military personel for taking part in the First World War. (taken from 'Britains Sea Soldiers 1914 - 1919 by Sir H. E. Blumberg)
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the Armistice certain honours were awarded to Royal Marine Officers in
conjunction with Naval Officer for their services afloat in the Grand
C.B. Major and Brevet Leiutenant Colonel B.C. Gardiner. RMLI who had been Fleet W/T Officer since August 1914.
Major A.G. Little. RMLI. Senior Officer RM. afloat since 1916.
Major H.E. Gillespie RMLI.
Major G.H. Jooye RMA.
Captain H.R. Haines RMLI
Captain C.A. Lucas RMLI
Captain E.J. Jukes-Hughes RMLI
RM Gunner J. Cameron.
RM Gunner F.O. Botterill
Rm Gunner E. Kimber.
Bandsman J.G. Welsh
The following is a list of those awarded as members of the Corps Afloat.
||Seageant W. H. France RMA.
||Gunner A. Fenton RMA
||Sergeant A. V. Proctor RMA
||Lance Corporal R. D. Hale RMLI (Portsmouth)
||Private R. Burns RMLI (Portsmouth)
||Colour Sergeant N. Sears (Portsmouth)
||Lance Corporal G. Short (Plymouth)
||Sergeant A. B. Cox (Portsmouth)
||Sergeant J. Dix (Portsmouth)
||Private F. S. Paul (Plymouth)
||Colour Sergeant F. M. Thompson (Chatham)
||Private J. Wilson (Portsmouth)
||Sergeant A. E. Bowen (Chatham)
||Sergeant W. H. Padwick (Portsmouth)
||Sergeant H. Hayes (Chatham)
||Sergeant F. W. Ladd (Chatham)
||Private J. M. Stevenson (Plymouth)
||Sergeant B.W. Hatcher (Portsmouth)
||Private W. Marriott (Portsmouth)
||Private T. H. Wïgley. (Plymouth)
||Privat W. G. Geary. (Portsmouth)
||Corporal D. Griffiths. (Portsmouth)
||Corporal W. J. Last. (RMA)
||Sergeant A. Levett. (Portsmouth)
||Private W. E. Lewington. (Portsmouth)
||Private W. E Peters. (Portsmouth)
||Sergeant E. C. White. (Portsmouth)
Post-war demobilisation had seen the Royal Marines reduced from 55,000
during 1918 to 15,000 in 1922. Treasury was pressured for a further
reduction to 6,000 or even the entire disbandment of the Corps. As a
compromise an establishment of 9,500 was settled upon, but meant that
two separate branches could no longer be maintained. The abandonment of
the Marine's artillery role meant that the Corps would subsequently
have to rely on Royal Artillery support when ashore, that the title of
Royal Marines would apply to the entire Corps and that only a few
specialists would now receive gunnery training. As a form of
consolation the dark blue and red uniform of the Royal Marine Artillery
now became the full dress of the entire Corps. Royal Marine officers
and SNCO's however continue to wear the historic scarlet in mess dress
to the present day. The ranks of Private, used by the RMLI, and Gunner,
used by the RMA, were abolished and replaced by the rank of Marine.
1920. Sergeant Norman Finch V.C. returned to the Corps and was promoted to
Colour Sergeant after recovering from his sever injuries during the
battle of Zebrugge. He later became an Instructor of Coast Defence
Gunnery and was made Colour Sergeant on 12th August 1920.
1920. Sunday 18th January. The Memorial Silver Bugles first sounded by
Portsmouth Division RMLI. The officers of the Royal Marines purchased
thirty two Silver memorial Bugles for Officers killed during the First
world War. Issued in groups of eight to the RMLI Division at Chatham,
Portsmouth, Plymouth and also the Depot.
1920. Tuesday 24th August. bandmaster W.E.F Faithfull, veteran of antwerp and
Gallipoli (where he was wounded and earned a Mention in Despatches),
became the first Band Boy to reach Commissioned rank when he was
promoted Lieutenant and QM.
1920. November. Confirmation of rank 'BdCSgt' and 'BdSgt' being substituted
for Bandmaster 1st Class and Bandmaster 2 nd Class. Previously
described in 1920.
1920. Tuesday 9th November. Colour Sergeant Norman Finch V.C. was a member of
the guard of honour mustered at Westminster Abbey during the internment
of the Unkown Warrior.
1920. December. Warrant Rank was assigned to those who had been appointed as
a Bandmaster or Commissioned Bandmaster provided the appropriate
qualifications had been attained.
1920. Friday 24th December. The Award of the Prince of Wales Plumes to
Plymouth Division Band following the Royal Tour to Canada on HMS
Renown. This band was selected for its Musicianship and for its
dedication to duty whilst on active service during the great war.
1920. Captain and Brevet Major A.R. Chater, the Adjutant at the Depot, Deal,
presented a pair of silver and ebony drumsticks to be used by the most
efficient Drummer at the depot each year. Awarded to Bugler Crane
(1920), Bugler Tyler (1921) and Bugler Astle (1922). The tradition then
lapsed but the drumsticks were retained and are now part of the Royal
Marines Museum Collection.
1920. 'A Life On The Ocean Waves', written by Henry Russell and arranged by
Jacob Kappey (Chatham Division Band RM) was officially recognised as
the 'Regimental Quick March' of the Royal Marines by Lords Commissioners of the
admiralty. (Thirty eight years after the same recognition by the War
1921. Friday 18th February. The first six Band Boy Section leaders appointed
at RNSM. Selected by the Superintendent based upon 12 months service,
2nd Class Certificate of Education, 'VG' in Infantry Drill, Physical
Training and fire Control and having passed the swimming test.
Cleanliness, appearance and behaviour, musical ability and
sportsmanship were also taken into account. Object was to encourage
Band Boy of exceptional ability and those likely to be candidates for
1921. Saturday 5th March. On this day the set of five Memorial Silver Drums
and a silver finished bass drum Dedicated as the Official Royal Naval
School of Music War Memorial and presented at a parade held at the RNSM
Eastney. Over one hundred and forty men of the RNSM plus fifty five
Buglers and also two Musicians from Royal Marine Divisional Bands lost
their lives during World War 1.
1921. Tuesday 2nd August. Three O'Donnell Brothers promoted Lieutenant as Directors of Music on the same day.
1921. Friday 11th November. The Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph,
unveiled the previous year, including the Royal Marines Buglers
(Chatham Division) sounding Reveille immediately after the two minutes
silence and the singing of 'O God, Our Help in Ages Past'. This was
repeated in 1922 but in 1923 there was a reduced Service.
1921. Titles 'Band Colour Sergeant' and 'Band Sergeant' was withdrawn and the
old titles of 'Bandmanster 1st class' and 'Bandmaster 2nd Class'
1922. Post-war demobilisation had seen the Royal Marines reduced from 55,000 (1918) to 15,000 in 1922.
1922. The Royal Marines 8th Battalion served in Ireland.
1923. Saturday 28th April. Gosport War Memorial Hospital opened,
commemorating the 68 officers and 1,703 other ranks of the Portsmouth
Division RMLI from Forton Barracks who died during World War 1. This
number includes seventeen Buglers.
1923. There was Treasury pressure for a further reduction of Royal Marines
down to 6,000 or even the entire disbandment of the Corps. As a
compromise an establishment of 9,500 was settled upon but this meant
that two separate branches could no longer be maintained. The
abandonment of the Marine's artillery role meant that the Corps would
subsequently have to rely on Royal Artillery support when ashore, that
the title of Royal Marines would apply to the entire Corps and that
only a few specialists would now receive naval gunnery training. As a
form of consolation the dark blue and red uniform of the Royal Marine
Artillery now became the full dress of the entire Corps. Royal Marine
officers and Senior NCO's however continue to wear the historic scarlet
in mess dress to the present day. The ranks of Private, used by the
RMLI, and Gunner, used by the RMA, were abolished and replaced by the
rank of Marine.
1923. Friday 22nd June. During most of their history Royal Marines had been
organised as fusiliers. On this day the separate Artillery and Light
Infantry forces were formally amalgamated into the Corps of Royal
Marines. The 11th Battalion were serving in Turkey. While the 12th
Battalion were in Shanghai.
The Royal Marine Genealogical Tree 1664 - 1923.
Click on photo to enlarge
1923. Friday 22nd June. The Royal Marine Artillery and Royal Marine Light
Infantry were amalgamated. The Portsmouth Division RMLI, located at
Forton Barracks, Gosport, closed, and all ranks moved to the previous
home of the RMA at Eastney Barracks, Southsea which became Portsmouth
Division Royal Marines. The prefixes ‘CH’, ‘PLY’, and ‘PO’ were
retained and the Corps title reverted to ‘Royal Marines’, as in 1802.
The register number allocated to a rank entered at one of the Divisions
after the amalgamation simply ‘followed on’ the last number allocated
before 22nd June 1923, e.g. CH 12346 George Smith (RMLI). Who say
joined on 1st June 1923 was followed by CH 12347 William Brown (RM) who
say joined on the 1st July 1923. All numbers of up to five digits which
follow the prefixes ‘CH’, ‘PLY’ or ‘PO’ indicates ranks entered in the
Royal Marine Light Infantry (and subsequently Royal Marines) Divisions
before October 1925, including in the cases of Chatham and Plymouth
Divisions, former RMA men transferred on amalgamation.
numbers of up to five digits which follow the prefix ‘RMA’ indicates
who had entered in the Royal Marine Artillery before the amalgamation.
On amalgamation RMA ranks were transferred to one of the new RM
(formally RMLI) divisions. RMA ranks transferred to Chatham and
Plymouth Divisions were given new CH and PLY five-digit numbers, but
for those transferring to Chatham and Plymouth Divisions the number ‘2’
was added to their old number, so RMA/17000 Thomas Greenslade (RMA)
became PO/217000 Thomas Greenslade (RM). Thus the Portsmouth Division
ranks with a six-digit register number beginning with 2 can be
instantly identified as an ex-RMA.
suffix ‘S’ to any of the ‘CH’, ‘PLY’, or ‘RMA’ numbers indicates a rank
who entered one of these divisions for Short Service during World War
1. In 1914 the short service register numbers began quite simply at
‘Ply/1 (S) (eg PLY 3287 (S) C C Anderson.), Po/1 (S) and Ch/1 (S) and
The prefix ‘RMB’ followed by a number of up to four
figures (RMB1 – RMB 3087) indicates a rank who entered the Royal Naval
School of Music between its foundation in 1903 and before October 1925.
This sequence of numbers was resumed again in August 1955, but from RMB
3400 to prevent any duplication.
prefix ‘Depot’, followed by a number of up to three digits
(Depot/1-Depot/688), indicates a rank entered on the establishment of
the Depot, Royal Marines Deal, between 1866 and 1931. Ranks would have
originally had a Divisional number, ie with Prefix CH, PO or PLY, but
on being accepted for the staff of the Depot, they were allocated a new
register number; ‘D’ or ‘Depot’ followed by three digits. The last
number so allocated was in fact Depot 1688, after which in 1925, in
common with all other RN and RM numbers an ‘X’ was added. In 1931 this
practice was discontinued and the final number of these was Depot/X 45.
Records were then transferred to Chatham, Portsmouth or Plymouth
Divisions as appropriate and the next available register numbers were
During the 1914-18 World War the prefix ‘Deal’,
followed by numbers of up to four digits and the suffix ‘S’, were
allocated to ranks enlisted for Short Service during World War 1. These
ranks served mostly in miscellaneous units of the Royal Naval Division.
Numbers were allocated as Follows:
RM Divisional Engineers RN Division D/1(S) to D1500(S).
RM Divisional Train D/1501(S0) to D/2762(S).
RM Medical Unit D/3000(S) to D/4400(S).
Ordnance Company RM Division D/4520(S) to D/4553(S).
RN Divisional Engineers D/5000(S) to D/5599(S).
(The ‘S’ can be shown as either a suffix or a prefix for these numbers. It is also often shown in lower case.)
The prefix ‘D’ on its own seems to have been rarely used. To
distinguish between Depot staff and men who were borne on the books
At Deal for pay and admin (e.g. RMLC, RND Engineers, RM Medical Units),
the ‘system’ seems to have been for staff to be recorded as Depot/123
and the latter as Deal/1234(S).
1923. Friday 3rd August. As part of the amalgamation of the Royal Marine
Artillery and the Royal Marine Light Infantry the Portsmouth Division
of the RMLI, based at Forton Barracks was integrated with the Royal
Marine Artillery at Eastney Barracks. This resulted in the special
badge of the Prince of Wales Plumes, awarded Wednesday 5th July 1876 to the Band
of the Portsmouth Division RMLI, being transferred, along with many
members of the branch, to the Royal Marine Depot Deal Band. While the
Colours were transferred to Eastney. The photo is of the Royal Marine Genealogical Tree 1664 - 1923.
1924. Tuseday 11th November. The Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph again
featured sixteen Buglers from the Chatham Division. Despite the 1923
amalgamation they were still wearing red tunics. RAF trumpeters,
involved for the first time, played the last post. This is the year
that the ceremony took the form that is used today.
1924. The Fleet Air Arm of the RAF was created and volunteers were called for from the Royal Marines and 19 officers volunteered.
1925. Colour Sergeant Norman Finch V.C. was promoted Quartermaster Sergeant.
1925. Thursday 3rd September. The first direct recording from a radio
broadcast by a military band took place when the RM Band of HMS
Calcutta was recorded, playing as an orchestra in Canada.
1925. Design of divisional Drum major's Dress Belts standardised by the
Adjutant General Royal Marines, as a result of the RMA / RMLI
1925. Registered Numbers. The Letter ‘X’ was added to the prefixes to
indicate men enlisted or re-entered under the revised rates of pay,
i.e. entries on and after 5th October 1925. (A new sequence of numbers
beginning at 1 was started in each register for ranks who re-entered
after a break in service of less than five years before 2nd November
1926. Standard pattern for design of Drum Majors staffs to be used by the
Royal Naval School of Music and by the Bands of Commanders in Chief at
Portsmouth, Plymouth, Atlantic Fleet, Mediterranean Fleet and China
1927. Friday 11th March. Additional music approved for use and inclusion in
KR & Al: RN March Past Hearts Of Oak, Royal Marine March Past: A
Life On The Ocean Waves; RN / RM Advance in Review Order: Nancy Lee;
General Salute for British Flag Officers not entitled to Rule Britannia
- lolanthe; General Salute for Governors etc - Garb of Old Gaul.
1927. Royal Marines Forton Barracks Gosport were closed.
1928. Friday 30th September. Captain Edward Bamford VC died of pneumonia while aboard the HMS Cumberland en
route to Hong Kong, where he held the appointment of Instructor of
Small Arms and Musketry Officer at Hong Kong. He was buried in the
Bubbling Well Road Cemetery in Shanghai. A 1930s photograph in the
RM Museum shows a picture of his grave and headstone. All remaining
cemeteries containing ‘foreigners’ were destroyed during
the Cultural Revolution. Bubbling Well Road Cemetery is now
Memorials to Edward Bamford are in the Depot Church
in Deal and there is a Bamford House in the RM Barrack
at Eastney. On 3rd April 2004, the Royal Marines presented a
plaque in his memory to the Officials of Zeebrugge. His Victoria Cross
is displayed at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea,
1929. Tuesday 26th November. Lieutenant Owen Cathcart Jones, Royal Marines,
carried out the first night deck landing in a single seater fighter on
board HMS Courageous.
26th December. Quartermaster Sergeant Norman Finch V.C. retired from
the Royal Marines, to work as a postman, and then as a bank messenger.
1929. Standard pattern for design of Divisional Band Drum Major's staffs introduced.
1929. Drill for Buglers formalised for adoption at Royal Marine Establishments - included the 'Flourish'.
1930. Wednesday 1st October. The Royal Naval School of Music moved from
Eastney Barracks to the Depot, Deal. The School had outgrown the space
and the facilities that Eastney had provided, The Depot Band, under
Lieutenant Ricketts, had been disbanded a few months earlier.
1931. Norman Finch V.C. was granted a special distinction by being appointed
as a member of the Kings's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard. This
entailed wearing a distinctive Tudor-style uniform as escort to the
sovereign on several occasions throughout the year.
1934. Saturday 27th January. 195 Kings Squad passed for duty from Deal.
1934. Tuesday 20th March. The first performance of bandmaster A C Green's
musical setting of sunset took place in the Alarneda Gardens,
Gibraltar. This had been specially arranged in responce to Admiral
Fishers request for a "specacular show for the visit of the First lord
and the Board of Admiralty".
1934. Wednesday 23rd May. The first performance in Malta of Bandmaster A.C. Green's musical setting of the Sunset call.
1935. Friday 24th August. Royal Marines carried out London Duties for the
first time - the Jubilee year of the King's Reign - during the period
17th August - 19th September. The Massed Bands consisted of thirty five
from Chatham Division, nineteen from Portsmouth Division and eleven
from Plymouth Division. In addition there were eleven Drummers ( two
tenor and nine side drums) plus thirty three buglers. Chatham Division
Drum Major (Sgt. W.Day) and Bugle Major (Sgt. E.B. Astle) were in
command of Drummers and Buglers respectively whilst the Massed bands
were under the direction of the Senior Director of Music, Royal
marines, captain P.S.G. O'Donnell of Chatham Division. Buglers and
Drummers wore Bugle Cords, Royal, for the first time. As well as the
Royal Palaces the Corps provided the Bank of England Picquet and the
Hyde Park magazine guard.
1935. Royal Marines served in Alexandria as part of the Base Defences in the Mediterranean. Corps Strength at that time was 9,800.
1936. Dress Cords, Royal, to be worn by Bugler Majors and Buglers (Corporals and below) in review order and when on leave.
1937. Saturday 30th October. 268 Kings Squad passed for duty.
1939-45. The Second World War in which Royal Marines served on all HM Ships in all major engagements at sea around the world.
1939. Saturday 2nd September. 337 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1939. Sunday 3rd September. The British government declare war on Germany.
However, Britain was not prepared for war and although she sent an
expeditionary force to France to try and stop the Germans racing across
Europe capturing most countries, it failed. The British Force was
pushed back to towards the English Channel and the beaches at Dunkirk.
After the defeat and evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from
the beach at Dunkirk. Winston Churchill realised that Britain was not
in a position to launch any form of major military attack against the
Germans. However, a series of short quick spectacular hit and run
attacks would do a great deal for the morale of the British people.
Winston ordered the creation of a 'butcher and bolt' small group
raiding unit. At the out break of war the Corps strength was 12,000.
1939. With the outbreak of the second World War Norman Finch V.C. returned to
the Portsmouth Division Royal Marines as a Quartermaster Sergeant.
1939. Thursday 14th September. Lieutenant Guy Griffiths RM became the first
RM aviator casualty of World War 2. Dive bombing a German submarine he was
brought down by the blast from his own bomb and rescued by the crew of
the submarine before spending the rest of the war as a prisoner.
1939. Saturday 2nd September. 337 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1939. October. Registered Numbers. The prefix ‘EX’, followed by a number of three or four digits (EX 501 –
EX 5909), indicates a special Reservist entered in the register of
Exton ‘Division’ between October 1939 and July 1940.
1939. Saturday 4th November. 345 Kings Squad passed for duty.
1939. The Rifle number 4 Mark 1, was adopted just after the beginning of the Second World War.
1939. The system of conscription from 1939 to 1960 was called National
Service. However, between 1939 and 1948, it was often referred to as
War Service in documents relating to National Insurance and Pension
1940. Wednesday 10th April. Two Skua squadrons, one commanded by Captain
'Birdie' Partridge RM flew from Hatson in the Orkneys to attack and
sink the German cruiser Kőenisgsberg in Bergen harbour. The 'Coup de
grace' was delivered by Captain E.D. McIver RM who was tragically killed
during another raid four days later.
1940. Sunday 14th April. A small party of Royal Marines were first ashore at Namsos
Norway. Where they seized the approaches to the Norwegian town in
preparation for a landing by the British Army two days later.
1940. Thursday 30th May. Band Boys were evacuated from Depot, Deal to RM
Reserve Camp Exton, at Lympstone because of the Depots proximity to the
battle of France. Two weeks later the remainder of the RNSM followed
and moved into a fort at Plymouth.
1940. Sunday 9th June, a department in the War Office was created to
deal with the issues surrounding the creation of such a force. This
office was to become known as 'Combined Operations' as it involved all
three services. Churchill had called for 20,000 men, who he called
'Leopards' ready to spring at the throats of the Germans at short
notice. Recruits were drawn from the British Army and even the British
Police Force. Churchill himself ordered that they should be equipped
with the best equipment.
1940. Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June. The first Commando raid took place
along the Northern French coast at Boulogne le Touquet. Known as
'Operation Collar' although officially it was not carried out by a
Commando unit, but by No 11 Independent Company.
1940. July. The Special Boat Section was formed
by Commando officer Roger Courtney. Courtney became a
commando recruit in mid-1940, and was sent to the Combined Training
Centre in Scotland. He was unsuccessful in his initial attempts to
convince Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes and later
Admiral Theodore Hallett, commander of the Combined Training Centre,
that his idea of a folding kayak brigade would be
effective. He decided to infiltrate HMS Glengyle,
a Landing Ship, Infantry anchored in the River Clyde.
Courtney paddled to the ship, climbed aboard undetected, wrote his
initials on the door to the captain's cabin, and stole a deck
gun cover. He presented the soaking cover to a group of
high-ranking Royal Navy officers meeting at a
nearby Inveraray hotel. He was promoted to captain, and
given command of twelve men, the first Special Boat Service/Special
Boat Section. Although it was initially named
the ‘Folboat Troop,’ after the type of folding canoe employed
in raiding operations
1940. Saturday 20th July - 11th November. Captain O. Patch RM took part in a
night torpedo attack on Tobruk harbour, sinking two Italian destroyers.
Friday 10th August. 390 Kings Squad was the first Kings Squad to pass
for duty at the Lympstone Camp. After completing their basic training
at RM Depot Deal and Naval Gunnery at Chatham.
1940. Thursday 22nd August. Captain O. Patch RM led a flight of three swordfish against
Italian ships in Bomba Bay. The flight sank four ships with three
torpedoes, an exploit which won him the Distinguished Service Order.
1940. September. The Royal School of Music moved from Plymouth to a camp outside Malvern, Worcs.
1940. Monday 11th November. Captain O. Patch RM took part in the epic
raid on Taranto and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
1940. Royal Marines landed in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Holland and France.
1940. The British Army created its first Commando unit. Their task was to
land in Nazi-occupied Western Europe usually at night, to destroy vital
targets and leave as quickly as possible.
A detachment of Royal Marines, under the command of Maj Franklin F.
Clark was stationed at HMS 'St Angelo'. It initially manned Lewis gun
positions at the fort, the Dockyard power station and at Corradino
Early. The Special Boat Section was renamed ‘No1 Special Boat Section’
and attached to Layforce, and moved to the Middle East. They
worked with the 1st Submarine Flotilla based
at Alexandria and carried out beach reconnaissance
of Rhodes, evacuated troops left behind on Crete and
several small-scale raids and other operations.
22nd June. Lieutenant (R.A.) ‘Tug’ Wilson and Royal Marine Hughes were
delivered by Submarine and then canoed to the beach on the Western
Coast of Italy. Their task was to blow up a railway track and the
entrance of a tunnel. It was the first successful attack upon the
Italian metropolis and birth of the ‘Special Boat Service’.
1941. Saturday 2nd August. 399 Kings Squad passed for duty from Eastney Barracks.
1941. Friday 22nd August. The Royal Naval School of Music was split in two
and, on this date, the senior Wing moved to two Hotels in Scarborough
whilst the Junior wing moved to Howstrake camp on the Isle of man.
1941. Friday 5th September. The Royal Marines camp at Lympstone was
originally built during 1939 for the training of Reservists in the
build up at the beginning of the Second World War. At that time it was
known as the 'Royal Marines Reserve Depot', Exton. However, a year
later it received its first name change and became known as the Royal
Marine Depot for the training of all Royal Marine recruits. On 5th September it officially became known as the Royal Marine Depot,
Lympstone. (Although it was referred to by several different names
during the Second World War). However, by the end of the war it was
commonly known or referred to as Lympstone.
The original RMITC
training school at that time comprised of 17 weeks training
incorporated into 2 phases, and was carried out at the Dalditch camp.
The course comprised of kitting up, lectures (including Corps history),
PT, drill, bayonet fighting, basic small arms and Bren Gun drills, and
the receiving of many injections. Followed by the assault course,
advanced weapon training, range work, night firing and field-craft,
involving cooking and survival. The last week of which was usually
spent under canvas near the village of Ottery St Mary during the latter
stages of the Dalditch era.
On Friday 1st November 1946 and the Dalditch camp was closed down.
Phase 1 of the training was moved to Depot Deal for both Continuous
Service and National Service recruits. Phase 2 was moved to Lympstone
along with a name change to that of ‘Infantry Training Centre Royal
Marine Smith-Howell from Sussex was recorded as the first 'recruit' to
sign in at Lympstone, although it is extremely doubtful that he was
actually the first to pass through the main gate once the camp was set
It's estimated that once the camp was up and running and at full
capacity that between 1000 and 1500 recruits were under training at any
Upon completion of training at Lympstone some Marines went on to the
Bickleigh Infantry School for specialisation or to the Commando
Training Centre at Towyn (N Wales) which for a short time had taken
over the role from Achnacarry in Scotland before it too eventually
Early in 1951 the Officer Training Wing moved to Lympstone from
Bickleigh Infantry School. There were just six men in the first intake,
two of whom were Corps Commission candidates and parachutists, and were
joined later by further batches totalling a complement of 40.
During February 1960 the SNCOs Training Wing and Specialised Training
moved to Lympstone, followed by the Commando Specialist Training in
April, which included Heavy Weapons, Cliff Assault, and Assault
Engineers. These bodies joined up with the resident 'X' Troop to form a
new Commando Training Wing centred on the old 'C' Company Lines.
Previously there had been four recruit companies, A, B, C and D, of
these only A and C survived, with the former as the National Service
Company, but to make way for the new units these then amalgamated into
a single Recruit Training Wing in February.
During 1950's and early 1960's the accommodation for the recruits was
several rows of Nissan huts. Each had two coke fired stoves down the
middle of the room, and around twenty to thirty double bunk beds
positioned around the room. While at the so called front door was a
little room for a Corporal whose job it was to keep an eye on the
recruits in his room. While at the other end was a door that lead to an
outdoor covered walkway leading to the showers. 1960 saw the present
day Drill Shed erected.
1961 and the last of the National Service recruits in 939 Squad, finished their Phase Two training at Lympstone.
Friday 12th July 1963 Lt Gen M.C. Cartwright-Taylor opened 'D' Block
(Salerno) the first of the new four storied recruit accommodation
blocks, by which time four others were also erected, and awaiting
completion. 'A blot on the rural skyline' according to a report in the
'Western Morning News'.
Early 1967 the Mess-and-recreational block, including the Main Galley,
Dining Halls, NAAFI and Junior NCOs Club were completed. Nearby were
the NAAFI quarters and a trading centre designed to house the UIF-run
amenities, Barber Shop, Pressing Shop, Laundry and Drying Room, a
civilian Tailor's Shop, and the new automatic telephone exchange which
came into operation during January. Also in progress were the practice
rooms, stores and offices of the Plymouth Group Band, and the seventh
barrack block. While sports grounds were provided in the field opposite
the main gate.
Monday 24th August 1970 the camp under-went another name change to that
of 'Commando Training Centre Royal Marines' (CTCRM).
Monday 28th October 1974 at 11-58am D block the last of the new four
storied accommodation blocks that were started back in 1962, was
finally opened. D block had the distinction of being officially opened
at precisely 11-58 am on Monday 28th October 1974, exactly 310 years
(to the minute) after the founding of the Corps, back in 1664.
The Junior Entries Wing (Normandy) as it was called was built to a
completely different design and contained 20 barrack rooms, plus 4
'Quiet Rooms', 3 television and 2 hobbies rooms, along with Company and
January 1976 and the Junior Marines Block and an extension to the
Officers' Mess had been completed, work progressed on the new
Sergeants' Mess and sadly the last tree holding the 30 foot ropes of
the Old Assault Course was felled.
Monday 3rd May 1976 a unique event occurred when the Mayor of Exeter
joined the Commandant General and senior railway executives on an
inaugural train service from Exeter scheduled to stop at the camp's
very own station, Lympstone Commando. Not only the first new station to
be built in the western region this century, but the only one in the
country designed exclusively for servicemen.
December. Roger Courtney returned to the United Kingdom where he formed
No2 Special Boat Section and No1 Special Boat Section became
attached to the Special Air Service (SAS) as the Folboat
1941. Saturday 27th December. Operation Archery in Norway.
1941. Captain G.V.B. Cheesman flying a Walrus seaplane was appointed a Member
of the British Empire for rescuing the crew of a torpedoed freighter
100 miles off the coast of Africa after attacking the guilty German
submarine. He gathered the survivors together and with his aircraft
towed the ships boats to safety. He subsequently was awarded the
Distinguished Service Order for leading his squadron on operations
against the Tirpitz in Norway and later in 1945 was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross for operations in the Pacific.
1941. Registered Numbers. Six Digit Numbers during WW2. The prefixes ‘CH/X’,
‘PLY/X’, ‘PO/X’ followed by numbers of six digits in the 100000 series,
indicated ranks entered for ‘Hostilities Only’ (HO) Service during
World War ll, (CH/X119200; PO/X127790; PLY/X117156).
1941. The Green Beret was the official headdress of the British Commandos of the Second World War.
1941. Initially those who joined the British Commandos kept their parent regimental head dress and cap badges.
No. 1 Commando had no fewer than 79 different cap badges and many different forms of headdress. "Thus a motley collection of caps, Tam o' Shanters, bonnets, forage caps, caps 'fore and aft', berets, peaked KDcaps, etc., appeared on the Commando parades," Captain Oakley is reported to have said:, "the forest being a veritable RSM’s nightmare!"[
No. 2 and 9 Commando faced with the same problem had adopted the Tam o' Shanter, but, as a traditional Scottish headdress, this was not considered suitable for what was a British unit. After some discussion it was agreed that if No. 1 Commando was to adopt a uniformed headdress then the beret, which had been worn by the Tank Regiment since the First World War (and had recently been adopted by the Parachute Regiment), would meet the requirements: it had no British regional affinity, it was difficult to wear improperly, and it could be easily stowed away without damage (when for example tin hats were in use).
Having decided on the headdress, the next question to be resolved was the colour. The shoulder insignia of No. 1 Commando had been designed by the Richmond Herald at the College of Arms. It incorporated three colours in its design of a green salamander going through fire: red, yellow and green. Green was chosen as the most suitable. A Scottish firm of tam-o-shanter makers in Irvine (Ayrshire) was chosen to design and manufacture the beret.
Once the design was agreed, Brigadier Robert Laycock was approached by No. 1 Commando to seek his permission to wear it. He had been pondering on what the commandos should use for their headdress, and welcomed the green beret as a chance to introduce it as standard for all commando formations, with No. 1 Commando being the first to wear them.
1942. February. The Infantry Battalions of the Royal Marine Division were
re-organised as Commandos, joining up with the Army Commandos. While
the Division Command structure became a Special Service Brigade.
Selection for the new Commando force was necessarily demanding. Men had
to be physically very fit. However, they also had to show that they did
not need the traditional chain of command to operate in the field as in
the heat of battle such chains of command could break down. Initiative
was considered to be a vital commodity. Some 400 men passed through the
first phase of recruitment that included training with live ammunition.
Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Clark of put forward the name 'Commando' for
the new force, after the term used in the Second Boer War. Churchill
himself approved of the title while senior military figures did not,
they preferred the title 'Special Service' and the two were used
alongside one another for a long time to come.
Training was undertaken in Scotland where a special training centre was
created at Lochailort. 'Combined Operations' created an all forces
amphibious centre at Inveraray in the Scottish Highlands. While in
1942, a specific commando training base was also established at
Achnacarry Castle, also in Scotland. Scotland was picked for the
training as it was thought that the conditions were right for testing
the military personnel in survival, living off the land and map
reading. All of which would be of great help when landing in a foreign
country and having to fend for yourself.
1942. February The combination soldier-sailor concept of the Royal Marines
was absolutely necessary for amphibious warfare. The Royal Marines were
not available until 1942, but men could be trained in the use of boats
and landing craft whether they were Marines or not. Land training was
equally important since the sea was only a means to reach the land.
Physical fitness was required both for admission and as a continuing
standard to be maintained. Marches and exercises were directed toward
this end. A few calisthenics before breakfast was not what commando
instructors considered to be physical training. If a man were
physically fit by the standards set, marching seven miles in one hour
was no more difficult than an uphill march in two hours and fifteen
minutes. Physical fitness trained the men for the long marches they
would have to make in the field. Even more important was the
realisation that a man who was alert enough to master a number of
physical tasks was more alert mentally as well. Therefore, physical
training included not just marches, but obstacle courses, such as cliff
climbing and also swimming. Practice landings and assaults were
executed with live ammunition so that the men would be able to function
Forty of the 25,000 men who trained at the Achnacarry center were
killed in training. Mock graves were set up at the entrance to impress
this fact on newcomers. The men were also taught night fighting,
hand-to-hand combat, and woods craft to enable them to live off the
land, concepts established by Keyes.
The first training center was at Lochailort Castle in Scotland.
Operations started there in 1940. The instructors included men who
would later make their own mark in the history of the war, David
Stirling who started the SAS, Lord Shimy Lovat who commanded No. 4
Commando at Dieppe, and Michael "Mad Mike" Calvert who commanded a
Chindit batallion in Burma.
Another center was established at Achnacarry, Scotland, in 1941.
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Vaughn took over in 1942 and pushed commando
training to a new level of excellence. Amphibious exercises were
carried out at Inveraray, Scotland, at the head of Loch Fyne. Training
was always logical and practical. Nothing was ever initiated in
training that did not have a purpose or objective. It rested on the
desire of the individual to excel. Therefore, the only disciplinary
measure was R.T.U., meaning ‘Returned to Unit.’ This was used by
commanders and instructors to weed out the physically and
psychologically unfit, and it could be instituted without explanation.
This left the initiative and discipline entirely up to the individual.
The men were often left to find their own transportation to and from
places, and they were given an allowance and left to find their own
quarters in private homes. There was no sergeant to police the
barracks. All of this was aimed at developing the individual initiative
of the soldier. If a man could not discipline himself and stay out of
trouble, he could stay in the regular army. If he could not use his
head to look out for himself, he was of no use to the commandos. The
man for the organisation was the man who could use his brain and not
have to sit around, mindlessly waiting for an order. The commandos were
above all else an elite of individuals. They received the most varied
training in modern warfare, but it was a means to an end, not an end
commando concept itself was never static, it developed with the war.
The commandos began in 1940 as enthjsiastic amateurs, but by 1945 they
were among the most sophisticated shock troops in the world. In 1942
the Royal Marines entered the commando organization to form the RM
commandos. The Marines were actually closer to the soldier sailor
concept of the commandos; but they had been held back for home defense
in 1940, and the task had gone to the Army commandos. Despite some
initial rivalry, the two groups worked well together in brigade
formations. By the end of the war, they were both part of a homog
geneous fighting unit that was well equipped and properly deployed. The
commandos' tactical and strategical contributions have already been
covered in some detail. Aside from the purely tactical success achieved
by the raids, the raiding program allowed Britain to resume the
initiative that she needed to wage war. The raids also helped to
develop the technique of amphibious v/arfare. Because Allied strategy
was largely amphibious, this was a considerable contribution. The
commandos also developed many new ideas in the area of field tactics
and fighting, which were passed on to the regular . 10 forces. Aside
from all this, the commandos made an enormous contribution to the
concept of the soldier in modern warfare. They stressed the development
of the intelligent, independent, motivated soldier, not the mass
production of mindless killing machines. What the commandos tried to
cultivate was the intelligent, self-reliant individual. COHQ did not
want a group of half-wits who had to wait for an order before they
could act. The responsibility given to the commandos was gladly
received by the young men of the British Army, who were tired of
inertia, incompetence, and a defensive attitude.
1942. February. 40 Commando RM was formed at Deal
with A, B and X companies. It was briefly
known as 'A' RM Commando before being designated 40 RM Commando.
1942. June. No2 Special Boat Section (SBS) took part in airfield raids on the isle of Crete in the Mediterranean.
1942. Wednesday 19th August. One of the first raids the Royal Marines were
involved in was during the raid on Dieppe in France. That involved No3
and No4 Commando's and the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, and known as
'Operation Jubilee'. The raid did not go as planned. The casualties
included 3,367 Canadians and 275 British Commandos. The Royal Navy lost
one destroyer and 33 landing craft, suffering 550 dead and wounded. The
RAF lost 106 aircraft to the Luftwaffe's 48, while the German army also
suffered 591 casualties.
One month after Dieppe, most of the 11th
Royal Marine Battalion were killed or captured in an amphibious landing
at Tobruk during 'Operation Agreement' that also included the Argyll
and Sutherland Highlanders 1st Battalion.
1942. Wednesday 19th August. During the Dieppe raid there was a number of smaller operations off to the sides of the main assault. These ‘raids within a raid’ were launched with the aim of preparing the way for the main assaults on the Dieppe beachfront by knocking out guns, observation posts and other flanking positions.
The most successful of these side shows was the attack by No. 4 Commando on the Varengeville coastal defence battery to the west of Dieppe.
The 252 men of the Commando were split into two groups. Group One landed in front of two gullies that led up to the battery position through scrubland. Group Two landed about 1½ miles west of Group One by the mouth of the Saane River.
Group One, commanded by Major Derek Mills-Roberts, consisted of the Group HQ, C Troop and 1 section of A Troop, plus various support personnel, a total of 88 all ranks. Group Two, commanded by the unit’s founder, Lord Lovat, had 164 personnel made up of A (less one section), B and F Troops, and the force HQ.
Their objective was to destroy the battery near Varengeville to stop it firing on the naval forces and the Canadians engaged in the main assault on Dieppe.
Group One’s Landing on Beach One -
At 0430 hours No. 4 Commando hit the beach. Group One made straight for the gullies in front of their landing position that led off the beach, all haste was called for as the lighthouse had shut down, indicating the raid may have been detected.
No. 2 Section cleared the houses immediately above the beach and guarded the gully down to the beach.
The single section of A Troop attached to Group One worked its way behind the lighthouse and cut the observers telephone cable running from it back to the battery. Once C Troop had worked its way forward to the wood edge facing the battery position, they were soon engaged in a firefight with the Germans.
The Group One A Troop section then worked around the flank of the German positions and engaged them from positions among the houses. By 0540 hours all of C Troop was in position and pouring rifle, Bren light machine-gun, Boys anti-tank rifle and mortar fire onto the Germans.
Group Two’s Landing on Beach Two -
Group Two’s landing was not so easy. A Troop (less the section attached to Group One) came ashore under fire from mortars and machine-guns and had to negotiate the thick barbed wire entanglements, suffering four casualties in the process.
The commandos used Rabbit netting to cross the wire. The remainder of the Group Two, coming ashore 150 yards up the beach from A Troop, made for the Saane River mouth, also taking casualties. Relief came when the mortar fire lifted to focus on the withdrawing British landing craft.
At the woods to the rear of the German Battery B and F Troops split. B Troop continued east and followed the southern edge of the wood. They then split into their sections and used fire and movement to advance through the orchard and village. They silenced a machine-gun post in the process and were soon in position to assault the battery. 95 minutes after landing they were ready for the assault.
F Troop headed northeast towards the rear of the battery. Using the cover of smoke they advanced from the wood on the German positions to penetrate their wire perimeter. They surprised a patrol of Germans just inside organising an assault on C Troop from Group One. The F Troop commandos assaulted, killing them all. Once these were cleared away, further resistance was met in and around the farm buildings. The fighting was fierce, but the commandos’ special combat training shone through, they proved quick and deadly against all opposition encountered. Several more casualties were sustained. Finally they reached their planned start positions for the assault on the battery.
The Force HQ move up between the positions of B and F Troops, coming under fire from F Troop, but this was soon stopped by radio calls from the HQ.
The Assault on the Battery -
Both Group One and Two were in position for the assault and firing on the battery. The A Troop fighting patrol (the section attached to Group One) continued to inflict heavy casualties on the Germans from their flank position west of the battery.
The planned Hawker Hurricane flight arrived on time to strafe the battery position, unfortunately they were followed by some FW-190 Focke-Wulf fighters who interrupted their strafing run.
B Troop attacked the buildings to the east of the guns while F Troop stormed the battery position itself. F Troop rushed across the open ground through defensive fire overrunning several strong points to finally end amongst the battery itself. All the Germans were quickly dispatched, with only four prisoners taken for intelligence purposes. The Guns were made inoperable by explosive charges. Gun barrels, breach blocks and other equipment vital for the batteries continued use were destroyed.
The Withdrawal -
While B, C and F troops withdrew to Group One’s landing beach, A Troop was busy guarding the St. Marguerite flank in case of German counterattack. A German patrol was sent from St. Marguerite and was ambushed by A Troop. Once the wounded were withdrawn, A, B, C and F troops retired covered by C Troop who were the last off the beach.
The whole operation had been a complete success. The No. 4 commando had suffered 45 casualties, 12 killed, 20 wounded and 13 missing.
1942. Sunday 13th - Monday 14th September. 'Operation Agreement' comprised a series of ground and amphibious operations carried out by British, Rhodesian and New Zealand forces on Axis held Tobruk in North Africa.
Allied strength comprised of an amphibious force of about 400 Royal Marines, 180 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders under Captain Norman MacFie, 14 platoon of Z Coy, 1 Bn Royal Northuberland Fusiliers led by Lieutenant Ernest Raymond, army engineers and about 150 SAS approaching from the desert. Losses amounted to about 300 Royal Marines, 160 soldiers, 280 sailors, one light cruiser HMS Coventry, two destroyers HMS Sikh and Zulu, two motor launches, four MTBs and several small craft. MTB 314, a motor torpedo boat that was damaged and ran aground during the battle, was captured by the German harbour minesweeper R-10 at dawn, with 117 seamen and soldiers on board. Dozens of British seamen and Marines were rescued from the sea by the Italian Spica-class torpedo boat Castore, the Generali-class Montanari, the armed tug Vega, a flotilla of German harbour minesweepers and several Italian and German motor barges.
September. No 2 Special Boat Section (SBS) carried out Operation
Anglo, a raid on two airfields on the island of Rhodes, from which
only two men returned. After destroying three aircraft, a fuel dump and
numerous buildings, the surviving SBS men had to hide in the
countryside for four days before they could reach the waiting
submarine. After the Rhodes raid, No2 SBS was absorbed into the
SAS due to the casualties they had suffered.
1942. Saturday 10th October. 41 Commando RM was formed at Pembroke Dock. It was briefly known as B Royal Marine Commando.
1942. October. The proposal that the commandos should start wearing Green Beret as their official headdress was submitted to the Chief of Combined Operations and forwarded by Lord Mountbatten to the Under-Secretary of State for War. Approval was granted and in October 1942 and the first Green Berets were issued to the Royal Marines.
1942. October. After the Dieppe raid, the Commando changed internally from a
company to a troop organisation, with five troops of some 65 men. 'A'
Troop was commanded by Captain Mike Ephraums MC RM (who was killed in
Italy the following year). He was a keen fan of the novels by Leslie
Charteris, most of which revolved around the adventures of one Simon
Templar, whose pseudonym was 'The Saint'. The 'Saint’s' emblem was a
matchstick figure with a halo, and this is still used today by A
Company. (from Mr M G Little RM Museum Archivist & Librarian)
Worn out of sight.
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1942. Monday 7th December. The Cockleshell Heroes raided on the Nazi occupied
French port of Bordeaux. They succeeded in sinking one ship and
severely damaging four others and doing enough damage to greatly
disrupt the use of the harbour for months to come. Such was the
significance of the raid that Winston Churchill said that it helped to
shorten to World War Two by six months.
For a number of months
during the war, merchant ships had used Bordeaux to supply the German
military that was stationed in that part of France. German U-boats used
the area as a base. Any supply ships that came through the English
Channel could be dealt with but plenty of merchant ships were willing
to sail to Bordeaux harbour via the Mediterranean and there was little
the British Navy could do about it. A raid by bombers would have led to
many civilian casualties – so this was excluded.
The task of the Cockleshell Heroes was simple, destroy as many ships
in the harbour as was possible so that the harbour itself would be
blocked with wreckage, thus rendering it incapable of fully operating
as a harbour. This was to be called Operation Frankton.
The Cockleshell Heroes were Royal Marine Commandos. These men got their
nickname as the canoes they were to use were nicknamed ‘cockles’. After
months of training, they were ready to set off for their target,
except that none of them knew what their target was. This was only made
known to them once the submarine HMS Tuna had surfaced off of the
The twelve men that formed the Cockleshell Heroes were taken by
submarine and dropped off the coast of Bordeaux. The plan was for the
six teams of two men to paddle five miles to the mouth of the River
Gironde, paddle seventy miles up it, plant limpet mines of the ships in
the harbour and then make their way to Spain.
The raid started badly once the HMS Tuna. The two Royal Marines who were meant to have used this canoe –
called ‘Cachalot’ – could not take part in the raid. It is said that
Marines Fisher and Ellery were left in tears at their disappointment.
The leader of the raid was Major ‘Blondie’ Hasler. His partner was
Marine Bill Sparks. Their canoe was code named ‘Catfish’. As the canoes
approached the mouth of the Gironde they hit a violent rip tide. The
waves were five feet high and the canoe ‘Conger’ was lost.
The two crew of Conger – Corporal George Sheard and Marine David Moffat
– were towed by the other canoes. Once near the shoreline, both men had
to swim to the shore as they were slowing down the remaining canoes.
Neither men made it to the shore nor they were assumed to have drowned.
The crew of the canoe ‘Coalfish’ – Sergeant Samuel Wallace and Marine
Jock Ewart - were caught by the Germans and shot.
The crew of the ‘Cuttlefish’ – Lieutenant John Mackinnon and Marine
James Conway had to abandon their canoe after it was damaged. They were
also caught by the Germans, handed over to the Gestapo and shot.
With four canoes down, the raiders were only left with two canoes.
Along with ‘Catfish’, ‘Crayfish’ was left crewed by Marine William
Mills and Corporal Albert Laver.
By now, the Germans knew that something was up and they had done a
great deal to increase patrols along the river. The two crew paddled at
night and hid during the day.
The two canoes got to the harbour. Here they were spotted by a sentry
who failed to raise the alarm – possibly he mistook what he saw for
driftwood as both crews remained motionless in their canoes as they had
been trained to do.
The crew of both remaining cockleshells placed limpet mines on the
merchant ships they found in the harbour. They had an eight minute fuse
on them, giving the Marines time to get away. Both ‘Crayfish’ and
‘Catfish’ escaped on the tide. The damage to Bordeaux harbour was
severe. Now the crews had to leave their canoes, move on foot and link
up with the French Resistance at the town of Ruffec. The Germans
automatically assumed that the men would travel south to Spain. In
fact, they travelled 100 miles north of Bordeaux – a journey that took
them two months.
Laver and Mills, who were moving separately from Sparks and Hasler,
were caught by the Germans and shot. With the help of the French
Resistance, Hasler and Sparks reached Spain and then Gibraltar. Even
here, Sparks met problems. Hasler used his rank to get transported back
However, Sparks did not have such luck and was arrested. In fact the
Chief of Combined Operations, Lord Louis Mountbatten, had assumed all
the men were dead, so anyone claiming to be them would have been
treated with suspicion. Sparks was put under guard by the military
police. However, he slipped these guards at Euston Station in London
and, after visiting his father, made his way to the Combined Operations
Headquarters.(author can not be contacted)
Catfish - Major Hasler and Marine Sparks - Both escaped after the raid and survived the war.
Crayfish - Cpl. Laver and Marine Mills-Betrayed after raid, captured and executed.
Cuttlefish - Lt. MacKinnon and Marine Conway - Capsized, captured and executed.
Coalfish - Sgt. Wallace & Marine Ewart - Capsized, swam to shore, captured and executed.
Conger - Cpl. Sheard & Marine Moffatt - Capsized, towed to near shoreline, but lost at sea.
Cachalot - Marine Ellery & Marine Fisher - Canoe damaged on HMS Tuna, returned to base.
Reserve - Marine Colley - Returned to base from Submarine.
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Lord Louis Mountbatten Chief of Combined Operations In the foreword to
the book ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of
Burma wrote: "Of the many and dashing raids carried out by the men of
Combined Operations Command, none was more courageous or imaginative
than ‘Operation Frankton’. An immense amount of trouble was taken over
the training of the small handful of picked Royal Marines who took part
under the indomitable leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel ((sic) (Major)
Hasler. They maintained their object in spite of the frightening losses
of the first night and the subsequent ever-increasing difficulties they
encountered. Although the force had been reduced to four men, the
objective was finally achieved. The account of this operation brings
out the spirit of adventure always present in peace and war among Royal
Marines. It emphasizes the tremendous importance of morale - pride in
oneself and one's unit - and what a big part physical fitness plays in
creating this morale. It also stresses the need for careful detailed
planning of operations. I commend it to all as an account of a fine
operation, carried out by a particularly brave party of men."
Monday 7th December. Operation Frankton. Corporal George Sheard and
Marine David Moffat as crew of the canor ‘Conger’ were both lost at sea.
Wednesday 9th - Thursday 10th December. Sergeant Samuel Wallace and
Marine Jock Ewart were captured by the Germans and executed after two
days. Both were the crew of canoe 'Coalfish.'
1943. Saturday 13th March. 410 Kings Squad passed for duty at Chatham.
1943. April. The 1st Special Air Service (SAS) was divided into two with 250
men from the SAS and the Small-Scale Raiding Force, forming the
Special Boat Squadron under command Major the Earl
Jellicoe. They moved to Haifa and trained with
the Greek Sacred Regiment for operations in the Aegean.
1943. Quartermaster Sergeant Norman Finch V.C. was promoted to temporary
Lieutenant in charge of stores. Serving at 104 (training) RM Brigade,
RM Training Group Dalditch Devon.
1943. Sunday 1st August. 42 Royal Marine Commando was formed from the 1st Royal Marine Battalion.
1943. Sunday 1st August. Forton Barracks Royal Marines Light Infantry (RMLI) was closed.
Saturday 7th August. 45 Royal Marines Commando was
formed at Burley Hampshire from the 5th Royal Marine Battalion.
1943. August. 45 Commando RM was formed at Burley Hampshire during the first week of August.
1943. August. 41 Commando was formed.
1943. August. 43 Commando RM was formed as 43 RM Commando it was disbanded at the end of the war.
1943. Wednesday 1st September. The 3rd Headquarters Special Service Brigade was formed from
Headquarters 102 Royal Marine Brigade.
1943. 40 & 41 Commandos land in Sicily during Operation Husky.
1943. 41 Commando land at Salerno in Italy during Operation Avalanche. The Royal Marine
Battalions are formed into 40 & 43 Commandos in action in
Italy, Albania and Yugoslavia.
1943. The Blue Beret was first issued. To be worn so that the leather binding was level round the head and one inch above the eyebrows, the crown of the Beret being pulled to the right. The bow of the drawstring was to be at the centre of the back of the head, which would bring the cap badge over the point halfway between the left ear and the left eye.
1944. January. 43 Commando lands at Anzio. While in the UK 48 Commando was formed.
1944. March. No. 48 Royal Marine Commando was formed and was the last commando unit formed during the Second World War. It was formed by the conversion of the 7th Royal Marine Battalion and the Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisations (MNBDOs) defence battalions to commando duties. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James Moulton, it carried out a shortened commando course at Achnacarry and then joined the all Royal Marine 4th Special Service Brigade alongside No. 41, No. 46 and No. 47 (Royal Marine) Commandos.
1944. Saturday 22nd April. 418 Kings Squad passed for duty by General Armstrong Plymouth Division.
1944. Tuesday 6th June. The Landings in Normandy, or D-Day as it became
known. Over 17,000 Royal Marines took part in the largest amphibious
operation in history. Most of the minor landing craft were manned by
Royal Marines, as also were the guns of the support craft, and all
capital ships carried an RM detachment. Five RM Commandos (41, 45, 46,
47 and 48) landed during the assault phase, grouped with three Army
Commandos into two Special Service Brigades. In addition the Corps
provided a number of specialist units including an Armoured Support
Group, beach clearance and control parties and engineers. The first 48
hours of the operation were the most critical, involving a seaborne
assault against a heavily protected and strongly held coastline. Most
of the RM Commando were ashore by 0900 hours on 6th June and had
achieved their initial objectives by early on 7th June. The Corps thus
played a leading role in the establishment of secure beach heads from
which subsequent operations to defeat the German Army in the west were
developed. Nine officers and 85 men were killed in action on 6th June.
The number of wounded is not known. The following gallantry awards were
conferred upon Royal Marines during the Normandy campaign, most of them
for actions on 6th June: 5 DSOs, 3 OBEs, 13 DSCs, 10 MCs, 1 CGM, 26
DSMs and 13 MMs.
1944. Tuesday 6th June. An article about the Royal Marines during the D-Day Landings in Normandy, sadly the author is unknown?
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Tuesday 6th June. Corporal Roy H. Leaney RM Po/x110850 was a gunner on
board LC (Flak) 32 during the D-Day Landings. Later he was write an
account calling it 'I Remember'. Photos from Roy H. Leaney.
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Roy H. Leaney RM. The following is Roys personal notes while training
to be a gunner on a LC (Flak) 32. Photos from Roy H. Leaney.
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1944. Wednesday 1st November. The Assault on Walcheren. The leading troops in
the successful seaborne attack on Walcheren in November 1944, were the
4th Special Service Brigade (Brigadier B.W. Leicester DSO) consisting of
Numbers 41, 47, and 48 Commandos and Number 4 Army Commando. The three
RM commandos attacked Westkapelle with little support, owing to the
weather, other than that provided by the naval support craft, the guns
of which were manned by RM crews. The success of the landing was in no
small measure due to the self sacrifice and gallantry of the naval
support craft, and after some days' heavy fighting ashore, the
batteries covering the mouth of the Scheldt were captured. The clearing
of the entrance to the river, in which the RM thus performed a gallant
and leading part, was of the greatest importance to the operations of
the Allied Armies in Flanders.
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Wednesday 1st November. Corporal Roy H. Leaney RM Po/x110850 was once
again a gunner on board L C (Flak) 32, during the assault on
Welcheren. His gun was the only gunnery position on the ship not to be
hit and taken out of action during the battle.
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1944. Major Ricketts arrangment of 'A Life On The Ocean Waves', written by Henry Russell, became the version used by the Corps.
1945. January. Two further Royal Marine Brigades were formed, the 116th and 117th
Brigade. Both were conventional Infantry, rather than in the Commando
role. 116th Brigade saw some action in the Netherlands, but 117th
Brigade was hardly used operationally.
1945. Monday 22nd January. The Capture of the Myebon Peninsula in Burma. 42
Commando Royal Marines under the command of Lieutenant Colonel H H
Dales, together with No 1 Commando landed and occupied positions in the
mangrove swamp. They were ordered to capture a heavily wooded ridge
known as Hill 170. Two days of hand-to hand fighting were necessary
before the Japanese could be driven from the ridge, and no sooner were
they dislodged than they subjected it to heavy artillery fire. After a
lull of several days, the Japanese counter attacked at dawn on
Wednesday 31st January 1945, attacking repeatedly. In spite of heavy
casualties to the Commando, the Japanese were finally beaten off, and
withdrew, leaving their dead and dying among the forward Commando
1945. March. Y6 Kings Squad passed for duty.
1945. Tuesday 3rd April. Corporal Thomas Peck Hunter (1923 - 1945) was
awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) during the battle of Comacchio.
The London Gazette of Wednesday 13th June, 1945, gives the following
details: In Italy Corporal Hunter of "C" Troop of a Royal Marine
Commando was in charge of a Bren group of the leading sub-section.
Having advanced to within 400 yards of the final objective he realised
that his troop had to cross open ground where enemy fire would cause
heavy casualties. Corporal Hunter seized the Bren gun and charged
across 200 yards of open ground, attracting most of the enemy fire.
Showing complete disregard for this fire he alone cleared the enemy
position, capturing six Germans. The remainder fled over the canal. The
troop now became the target for fire from the opposite bank. In full
view, Corporal Hunter fired and drew most of the enemy fire while the
greater part of the troop gained cover. Shouting encouragement to the
remainder he continued firing with great accuracy until finally he was
hit and killed. There can be no doubt that Corporal Hunter offered
himself as a target in order to save his troop. By the skilful and
accurate use of his Bren gun he demoralised the enemy, and later
silenced many of the Spandaus firing on his troop, so that many of the
troop made their final objective before he was killed. Throughout the
operation his magnificent courage, leadership and cheerfulness had been
an inspiration to his comrades.
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Royal Marines were awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp to the 1939 - 1945
Star. Captain R.C. Hay RM, 808 Squadron, Captain A.E. Marsh RM, 808
Squadron and Captain A.J. Wright RM, 804 Squadron.
1945. Royal Marine Bands in shore Establishments in the UK to revert to the
wearing of White Helmets with White Belts and Cross belts.
1945. August. 42 Commando Royal Marines was formed at Sway (Nr Lymington). It was
redesignated 42 Royal Marine Commando (Light) in August 1945 and 42 Command
Royal Marines in early 1946.
1945. October. 40 RM was disbanded, before reforming as 40 Commando RM. When 44 RM was redesignated.
1945. January. Two further RM Brigades were formed, the 116th Brigade and 117th Brigade.
1945. A Landing Craft Assault (LCA) unit was stationed in Australia late in
the war as a training unit. A number of Royal Marines also served as
pilots during the Second World War.
1945. 42 & 44 Commandos were in the Battle of Kangaw, Burma. 40 & 43
Commandos fight in the Battle of Lake Comacchio in Italy. Royal Marine Commandos involved in the
river crossings in North West Europe.
1945. Corps Strength at that time was 78,500.
total of four Special Service units were raised during the war, and
Royal Marines were represented in all of them. A total of nine RM
Commandos (Battalions) were raised during the war:
Brigade took part in the assaults on Normandy, and campaigns in the
Rhineland after crossing the Rhine.
2 Commando Brigade was involved in the Salerno landings, Anzio, Comacchio, and operations in the Argenta Gap.
3 Commando Brigade served in Sicily and Burma.
4 Commando Brigade served in Normandy and in the Battle of the Scheldt
on the island of Walcheren during the clearing of Antwerp.
At its height during 1944 more than 70,000 people served in the Royal
Marines. However, following the Allied Victory the Royal Marines were
quickly reduced to a post war strength of 13,000.
number of Royal Marines served as pilots during the Second World War.
It was a Royal Marines officer who led the attack by a formation of
Blackburn Skuas that sank the German cruiser Königsberg. Eighteen Royal
Marines commanded Fleet Air Arm squadrons during the course of the war,
and with the formation of the British Pacific Fleet were
well represented in the final drive on Japan in the Pacific Theatre.
Captains and Majors generally commanded squadrons, whilst in one case
Lieutenant Colonel R.C. Hay on HMS Indefatigable was Air Group Co-ordinator
from HMS Victorious of the entire British Pacific Fleet.
1945. Wednesday 15th August. Lieutenant Norman Finch V.C. released from service and retrurned to the King's (later Queens) Bodyguard.
1945. Friday 21st September. Corporal Roy H. Leaney RM Po/x110850 N.C.O. Replacement Examination question form.
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1946. Wednesday 9th January. Marine Harold J. Edwards PO/21624, died while at RM Portsmouth Division.
1946. March. 45 Commando RM served in Hong Kong.
1946. Wednesday 17th April. 432 Kings Squad passed for duty at Eastney Barracks.
1946. Thursday 25th April. The Senior Wing of the Royal Naval School of Music moved from Scarborough to Burford in Oxfordshire.
1946. Saturday 8th June. The Victory Parade in London.
1946. Royal Marines from HM Ships occupied Penang.
1946. 42 & 44 Commandos occupy Hong Kong.
1946. Thursday 1st August. The Junior Wing of the Royal Naval School of music moved from the Isle of Man to Burford, Oxfordshire.
1946. Tuesday 31st December. Warning Instructions - Reorgaisation of the
Corps. Portsmouth, Chatham and Plymouth Divisions will become Groups
and will be given specific functions.
1946. Drill - New RM instructions to be issued. To include Marching as well as Bugle and Drum sticks.
1946. Captain Richard Thomas Partridge was the first Royal Marine officer to
fly a jet aircraft, a Gloster Meteor at the Empire Flying School.
1946. The practice of Royal Marine Drum Majors throwing the staff in the air
will only be carried out at the discretion of the Major General Royal
Marines, on the parade ground of a Royal Marine Establishment.
Army Commandos were disbanded, leaving the Royal Marines to continue
the role of the Commando. During this time the Corps underwent a major
change of training British Commandos.
1946. The Special Boat Section was renamed the Special Boat Squadron.
1947. Registered Numbers. The prefix ‘RM’ Divisional system ceased.
1947. May - November 1948. 45 Commando RM was based on Malta.
1947. Monday 7th July. Functional Reorganisation - Royal Marine Divisions
become Royal Marine Groups. Bands to be known as Group Bands.
1947. 478 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1947. 479 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1947. August. 961 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1947. 484 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1947. October. Inauguration date of the Cassel Prize. Rt. Hon Sir Felix
Cassel presented money to the Worshipful Company of Musicains for
medals / prizes to encourage education and training in Music in the
1947. 490 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1947. Monday 17th November. 45 Commando moved to St Patrick's Barracks and Fort Pembroke.
the new Pay Code Boy buglers will no longer be required to undertake
instruction in the playing of the fife. At the discretion of
Commanders, instruction in the fife may be given to Buglers who have
completed their first commission at sea.
1947. A reorganisation of the Corps took place. Royal Marine Divisions become functional Groups.
1947. RM Band Service - Changes to Bandmaster Ranks. Bandmaster 1 to become Bandmaster and Bandmaster 2 to become Band Sergeant.
1947. Three Royal Marine Commando Units, 40, 42, and 45 Commando RM, moved
from Singapore and Hong Kong to Malta, to form part of Britain's
Strategic Reserve in the Near and Middle East. The units of 3 Commando
Brigade Royal Marines. At Malta the Brigade practiced its amphibious
1948. Registered numbers. By the time the use of Divisional prefixes and
Divisional registers was suspended in 1948, these sequences had reached
four digits (CH/X3285; PO/X4393; PLY/X4897). In the Royal Marine Band
Service the use of ‘X’ continued until August 1955 (RMB/X1698), and
then the old sequence of numbers was resumed, but from RMB 3400 to
prevent any duplication.
1948. January. Registered Numbers. National Servicemen and Royal Marines
Reserve. The ‘RM’ prefix, followed by a number of six digits, indicates
a National Service man entered between January 1948 (RM 127791) and
June 1952 (RM 133707).
1948. January - May. 40 Commando RM went to Palestine during the Arab Israeli
War. It was soon followed by the two other commandos in the Brigade.
1948. January. Registered Numbers. The prefix ‘RM’, followed by a number of
four and later five digits, superseded the Chatham, Plymouth and
Portsmouth suffixes. It indicated a rank entered on a Continuous or
Short Service engagement between January 1948 and January 1973. The
very first number allocated was RM 6934.
1948. March. 45 Commando was deployed to Benghazi Libya and to Haifa in the Spring.
1948. Saturday 24th - 30th April. 45 Commando seved In Libya.
1948. Friday 30th April - 12th May. 45 Commando served in Palestine.
1948. 12th May - 8th June. 45 Commando served in Libya.
1948. Friday 18th June. The Malayan Emergency was a conflict between
communist guerrillas and British Commonwealth forces. The guerrillas,
most of whom were Malayan Chinese, were seeking to overthrow the
British colonial administration in Malaya. The term ‘Emergency’ is used
to describe the conflict because the British declared a State of
Emergency in Malaya after guerrillas assassinated three European
plantation managers in the northern state of Perak.
At the start
of the Emergency, the British had 13 infantry battalions in Malaya,
including seven partly formed Gurkha battalions, three British
battalions, two battalions of the Royal Malay Regiment and a British
Royal Artillery Regiment being used as infantry. This force was too
small to meet the threat of the Communist terrorists effectively, and
more infantry battalions were needed in Malaya. The British brought in
soldiers from units such as the Royal Marines and King's African
Rifles. While 3 Commando Brigade provided counter-insurgency support
for the Malayan government. Another effort was a re-formation of the
Special Air Service as a specialised reconnaissance, raiding and
counter-insurgency unit. The conflict came to an end during 1960.
1948. Thursday 27th May - June 1948. 42 Commando served in Palestine. At
Jerusalem, then Haifa before it was evacuated on 27th June. While based
on Malta the Commandos carried out exercises in Tripoli and internal
security duties in the Canal Zone.
1948. Tuesday 1st June. Memorial day for the men of the Royal Marine Bands of
the Royal Naval School of Music instituted. The fanfare to Comrades
Sleeping subtitled 'The Spirit of Joy and Thanks giving for Victory, and
meditation for those who gave their lives in its cause' composed by
Leon Young became the Dedication Fanfare. It was composed for the
ceremony at which the Silver Memorial Fanfare Trumpets (the Official
Royal Naval Band Service War Memorial for world War II) were dedicated
at Burford, then the home of the Royal Naval School of Music. This
fanfare was to be sounded each year as laid down in the Charter, but
not to be played for any other purpose.
1948. Friday 8th October. HM King George VI agreed that the appointment of
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marines should become Captain General
1948. Wednesday 15th December. First Buglers under training reported to
Burford for training at the RNSM. A team had been formed and, from this
date, training would be done at the School and not at the groups.
1948. December. 45 Commando left for Egypt.
1948. December. The National Service Act fixed a period of 18 months full
time service, followed by four years as a reservist. (in 1950 the full
time period was extended to two years) From 1946 to 1960 conscripts
called up as National Servicemen within this period would make up 30%
of the strength of the Royal Marines. By the time it ended, over 300
National service Officers and 9,000 Royal Marines had served in the
1948. Royal Marine Commandos covered the withdrawal from Palestine and were
deployed in the Suez Canal Zone. A Royal Marine Forces Volunteer
Reserve unit was formed.
1948. As a result of the introduction of new SNCO rank titles badge of rank
introduced for Bandmasters - a lyre encircled by laurel wreath and
surrounded by a crown, and for Band Sergeants - three chevrons.
1948. Wearing of ornarments and shoulder flashes in their correct positions.
1949. Friday 28th January. The Order of Council of 1871 introducing Band Boys
into the Royal Navy and the Order in Council of 1903 introducing the
Rank of Band Boy into the Royal Marines were both rescinded. The Rank
of band boy to become Boy Musician.
1949. Tuesday 5th April. Throughout the Corps the 'Warrant List' and 'Warrant
Officers' to be replaced by 'Branch List' and 'Branch Officers' to be
replaced by 'Branch List'. Bandmaster (WO), RM band becomes a
Commissioned Bandmaster, RM Band, becomes a Senior Commissioned
1949. Wednesday 6th July. Sir Malcolm Sargent's appointment as Hon Advisor in Music announced in House of Commons.
1949. 544 Kings Squad passed for duty at Deal.
1949. 21st July. 42 and 45 Commando's Sailed for Hong Kong.
1949. Friday 18th November. An RMRO was issued and titled 'Wearing of the Blue Beret'. Ordering the wearing of the Blue Beret, placing the badge immediately above the left eye. It read: 'The existing type of beret is to be worn with the cap badge immediately above the left eye. The bow at the back will thereby be off-centre, and in order to preserve the appearance as much as possible, the draw string is to be tied in a knot and the ends tucked into the leather binding'.
1949. Brass Instruments replaced by Silver Plated Ones.
1949. 45 Commando were deployed in Egypt and Aqaba.
1949. Tuesday 21st July. 3 Commando Brigade sailed for Hong Kong.
1949. The Closure of Chatham Group.
1949. Thursday 8th December. The Royal Marines received the Freedom of Chatham.
1950. Wednesday 1st February. Relocation of Royal Naval School of Music from Burford to Deal was completed on this date.
1950. Saturday 27th May. Chatham Group Band heavily involved in the disbandment of Chatham Group, Royal Marines.
1950. Sunday 28th May. Chatham Colours laid up in Rochester Cathedral after being paraded through the streets.
1950. Friday 23rd June. First Beat the Retreat by the Massed Bands of the
Royal Marines on Horse Guards Parade, London. The Ceremony was based
upon the displays by the Royal Naval School of Music at the 1948
Dedication Ceremony and their Royal Tournament appearance in the same
year. This was the first occasion that all thirty two Silver Memorial
Bugles were sounded together.
1950. June. 45 Commando RM arrived in Malaya from Hong Kong.
1950. During the Korean War 41 Commando was reconstituted as 41 (Independent)
Commando following a request from the United Nations Command for more
amphibious raiding forces. The 'Independent' designation meant that
their commander had sole responsibility for their unit and did not have
to consult with higher headquarters on operational and logistical
1950. Wednesday 16th August. 219 Royal Marine volunteers were assembled in
Bickleigh then the Commando School. They were commanded
by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale DSO, MBE an
experienced World War II Commando veteran who was the Chief Instructor
at the Royal Marines Officer school. Later the Commandos travelled to
Japan in civilian clothes, with most of the civilian clothing issued by
the Admiralty. The unit received more volunteers on route from 3
Commando Brigade involved in the Malayan Emergency.
1950. Thursday 31st August. The Chatham Group officially ceased to exist. The
Chatham Band was lost as a result of the closure of the RM Barracks
Chatham and its special badge, the White Rose of York awarded in 1902,
was lost with it.
1950. Thursday 31st August. The Chatham Group (1st Grand Division) was disbanded.
1950. Friday 1st September. The amalgarmation of Groups Band with the Royal
Naval School of Music. No futher direct entry to group bands, all
recruiting through School; members of group bands to retain old
conditions only until engagement expires; automatic promotion for Group
Musicians to become merit based. The Royal Naval School of Music
becomes the Royal Marines School of Music; Group Bands become Staff
Bands. Musical Director of the RMSM will be 'Director of Music, Royal
Marines; other DoMs will be 'Director of Music. 'Portsmouth' and 'DoM,
Plymouth'. These bands to retain special cap badges and Portsmouth to
retain 'Royal Yacht' flash. All RM Bands on RN ships and at RN
establishments became part of the RMBS. Records of Portsmouth and
Plymouth band ranks transferred to the RMSM from where new numbers in
the RNSM 'RMB' series would be issued. This also applied to Chatham
ranks transferred to the new RMSM Band and also to ranks of the C-in-C
Nore band. Instructions relating to uniform (Lyre collar badge and
wearing of broad red stripe trousers) to be issued.
Thursday 14th September. CHX4772 Marine Ernest J. Nevard was killed in
action during an ambush in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in
Thursday 14th September. RM8028 Marine D.C. Keyes was killed in action
being ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak,
1950. Friday 15th September. Volunteer Commandos from Bickliegh arrived
in Japan and were issued with American winter uniforms and weapons, but
retained their green berets, battle dress and boots.
1950. Saturday 23rd September. Sgt. William R. N. Rowe PLY/X3615, was killed while serving in 42 Commando in Malaya.
1950. Monday 9th October. Band Rank of Staff Sergeant changed to Staff Bandmaster 'to avoid
misunderstanding of his status in relation to Bandmasters and Band
1950. October. The first mission of the Volunteer Commandos from Bickliegh
saw them embarked on two American high speed
transports the USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) and USS
Wantuck (APD-125) supported by the destroyer USS De Haven (DD-727), where they executed a series of raids on the North
Korean coast near Wonsan to disrupt North Korean
1950. Thursday 2nd November. RNSM Collar Badge (the lyre) to be replaced by
Globe & Laurel except for Boy Musicians who would continue to wear
the lyre on the collar and would also retain the thin red trouser welt,
not the broad red stripe. The King approved these changes on this date.
1950. Friday 10th November. 41 Independent Commando joined the United Nations
advance in North Korea where they served with the United States
Marine Corps, the second time the two organisations had served
together, the first being the Boxer Rebellion in China. During
the Battle of Chosin Reservoir Lietenant Colonel Drysdale was
given command of a 900 man unit of his own Commando, American, and
South Korean forces called Task Force Drysdale. Their hard
fighting together with the American Marines and Army led to 41
Independent Commando being awarded the American Presidential Unit
Citation that the 1st Marine Division earned. However 41
Independent RM Commando was not listed in the original citation. It
took much letter writing by US veterans to not only convince their
government to award the 'Presidential Unit Citation' to 41 Independent
Commando for their performance at Chosin, but to get the British
government to approve and authorise it for 41 Commando. It was finally
accepted during 1957 by the Captain General of the Royal Marines from
the US Ambassador to the UK.
It reads, 41 Independent RM Commando
for their gallantry in action on the Chosin Plateau during the fighting
withdrawal from Hagaru-ri to Koto-ri between Monday 27th November 1950
and Saturday 11th December 1950.
41 Commando is the only organisation in the armed forces of the United
Kingdom that is authorised to fly a 'Foreign' streamer from its colour
and it does so because of the 1st Marine Division. The only other
streamer displayed on Royal Marines colours is the Gibraltar Streamer.
Sunday 12th November. RM9203 Marine Terence W. Barnett age 19 –
accidental, while serving with 45 Commando. He was buried at Batu Gajah
Christian Cemetery, Perak Malaya.
1950. Thursday 28th December. PLYX111607 Marine Dennis Parr was killed in action in the Gopeng-Kampar hills in Malaya.
1950. Thursday 28th December. CHX5369 Marine L.J. Turner was killed in action in Gopeng-Kampar hills, Malaya.
1950. 3 Commando Brigade were moved to Malaya.
1950. 41 Independent Commando formed for operations in Korea.
1950 - 1951. Captain R T Highett RM flew the Sea Fury on operations from HMS Theseus during the Korean War.
1950. The Chatham Barracks was closed.
Wednesday 10th January. CHX5389 Corporal John Henry was killed in
action during an ambush in Cameron Highlands area of Malaya.
Wednesday 10th January. RM7305 Marine Leslie O. Miller was killed in
action during an ambush in the Cameron Highlands area of Malaya.
1951. Wednesday 10th January. Sgt. George Westwood PLY/X4229, while serving with 45 Commando in Malaya was killed in action.
1951. Saturday 27th January. To mark the occasion of the return of the Royal
Marines School of Music to Deal, the Commandant General approved the
title 'Commandant General's Squad' to be given to the senior squad of
Boy Musicians under training. In addition. the Commandant General
approved of the best all round Boy Musician in the Commandant Generals
Squad being awarded a Certificate of merit to be called the Commandant
January David Wilson 852 Squad PLYX4229 Sergeant George Westwood was
killed in action during an ambush in Cameron Highlands area of
1951. Full Dress for RMBS Other Ranks re-introduced. (Dress1 A: Band Order
for the RM Band Service. White helmet or cap, blue cloth tunic, tweed
trousers, white belt, white gloves. For ceremonial use as ordered)
Dress regulations to be amended.
1951. April. 41 Commando was reformed in Japan and were assigned to what
eventually became known as the 1st Commonwealth Division. They
raided the North Korean coast with the Republic of Korea Marine
1951. Wednesday 6th June. Lieutenant P.K. Budgen – died.
1951. Wednesday 6th June. CHX4107 Sergeant T.J.H. Genge died of natural causes at a British Military Hospital in Kamukting, Malaya.
Tuesday 25th September. RM8250 Marine Peter D. Fordham age 20 died of
wounds while serving with 45 Commando. He was buried at Batu Gajah
Christian Cemetery, Perak, Malaya.
1951. Tuesday 11th December. Corpral N.S. Howe PLY/X4758 while serving with 40 Commando was killed in Malaya.
1951. December. 41 Commando returned to England. Those who had served less
than a year in the Commando were drafted into 42 Commando operating in
1951. There were ten Royal Navy and Royal Marine recruiting officers in the
United Kingdom. Two in London and one in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby,
Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Southampton.
1952. Friday 2nd February. 41 Commando was disbanded, having 31 Marines
killed and 17 captured with one Royal Marine choosing to stay in
North Korea, who later returned to the UK in 1960.
1952. Tuesday 6th February. King George VI died on at Sandringham
and was buried at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 15th
February, following a State Funeral in the Chapel. Lieutenant
Norman Finch V.C. was a member of his Guard of Honour.
1952. May. 3 Commando Brigade left Malaya for Malta, after serving in Malaya for two years.
1952. June. 42 Commando arrived in the UK from Malaya, and occupied St Andrew's Barracks Pembroke.
1952. Friday 4th July. 818 Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone.
1952. Thursday 28th August. The South Africa tune 'Sarie Marais' adopted as the quick march of the Royal Marines Commandos.
1952. Saturday 29th November. The Duke of Edinburgh presented 40 Commando RM,
42 Commando RM, and 45 Commando RM, the units of 3 Commando Brigade
Royal Marines, with their own Colours in recognition of their service
during the war. There were 1,168 men and 67 officers on parade.
1952. Intake of 100 National Service Musicains to the Band Service.
1952. The correct pace for marching in quick time in the Royal Marines is 116
paces to the minute. Rifle movements are to conform to this.
1952. Presentation of first Colours to the Royal Marines Commandos.
1952. 41 Independent Commando was disbanded at Bickleigh.
1952. Registered Numbers. The Admiralty decided to institute a system to
indicate whether or not a Reservist was a National Serviceman. 1). The
prefix ‘RMV’ followed by a five-digit number, indicates that a man
became a Reservist either prior to carrying out National Service or
after his National Service.
2). The prefix ‘RMV9/”, followed by a
five digit number, indicates that a man was a Reservist during his
part-time National Service.
1953. Tuesday 3rd February. 608 Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone.
1953. February - October 1954. 40 Commando served in Egypt - Canal Zone. Guarded installations and on desert exercises.
1953. Friday 24th April. "The Royal Marines adopted the Globe and Laurel
based on the English air 'Early One Morning' as their slow march. The
march was first used at a Guard Mounting at St. James's Palace by the
London Bn RM formed especially for London ceremonial duties in 1935."
There is some doubt between authorities on such matters regarding when,
even if, this slow march was adopted. The late John Trendell stated
that it had not been officially adopted whilst Captain Derek Oakley
wrote that it was. "later to be adopted as the Official Slow March".
1953. May. 3 Commando Brigade was moved to the Suez Canal Zone.
1953. Tuesday 2nd June. The Coronation of HM The Queen. HRH Prince Philip appointed Captain General Royal Marines.
1953. Tuesday 14th July. 616 Squad joined the I.T.C.
1953. The Royal Marines brass belt buckle.
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1954. 5th February. 616 Squad passed for duty from the I.T.C.
1954. Friday 30th April. 616 Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone.
1954. August. After the Anglo Egyptian Suez agreement was signed 3 Brigade was ordered back to Malta.
1954. October. 40 and 45 Commandos were based on Malta.
1954. October. 42 Commando returned from Egypt via Malta to Bickleigh to staff the Commando school in England.
1954. Monday. 16th November. 634 Squad Commenced Training at the Deal Depot.
1954. The Fleet Band scheme introduced.
1954. The Amphibious school RM is moved to Poole
1954. Autumn. 42 Commando RM was sent back to England to reduce the ratio of
overseas to Home Service in the Royal Marines as a whole. The other two
commandos (40 and 45) trained in North Africa and in the Mediterranean
based on Malta.
1954. 42 Commando RM was moved to the Amphibious school Poole.
1955. Tuesday 25th February. 634 C.S. Squad Completed training at the Deal Depot.
1955. Friday 1st July. Registered Numbers. The additional prefix, was
abolished, and all Reservists, whether serving on or discharged before
that date, were allocated a new number with only the ‘RMV’ prefix. To
prevent duplication, this new series had six digits beginning at RMV
1955. Early September. 3 Commando Brigade received orders to deploy to Cyprus.
1955. Saturday 10th September. By 0900 hours the first elements of 3
Commando Brigade, some 1,300 Marines and 150 vehicles had disembarked
in Cyprus. On arrival 40 Commando was based in Limassol in the area of
1955. September - 16th August. 45 Commando was deployed to Kyrenia Cyprus.
24th October. Following their seven month world tour HM The Queen
and Prince Philip awarded their combined cyphers (EiiR / PP) to the
Portsmouth Group Band that accompanied them. This was an addition to
the special badge awarded to the Royal Marines Artillery during 1912.
Buglers formed into a separate House, unnamed at this time, for sports
purpose. This was intended to intensify competition for House
1955 - 1959. 40 and 45 Commando's alternated operations in Cyprus undertaking
anti-terrorist operations against EOKA guerrillas (National
Organisation of Cypriot Struggle), during tensions between the Greek
and Turkish inhabitants of the island. EOKA were a small, but powerful
organisation of Greek Cypriots, who had great local support from the
Greek community. On Tuesday 6th September 1955, the United Nations
ordered 45 Commando at a moment's notice to move to Cyprus amid
escalating tensions and EOKA atrocities. The unit was based in Malta at
the time and travelled to the Kyrenia mountain area of the island and
by Saturday 10th September, approximately 1,300 Marines and 150
vehicles used by the unit had arrived ready to patrol the area.
1956. Friday 24th February. 614 Kings Squad passed for duty at Eastney Barracks.
1956. Friday 13th April. Change of title from Boys to Juniors.
1956. Friday 13th April. 654 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1956. Thursday 5th July. 654 C.S. Completed training at the Deal Depot.
1956. Friday 20th July. 897 Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone.
1956. July - August. The Brigade Headquarters along with 40 and 45 Commandos
were withdrawn from Cyprus for the Suez Operation.
1956. July. While 42 Commando was recalled from the UK.
Thursday 26th July. President Nasser of Egypt seized the British and French
owned Suez Canal. The Chief of the Defence Staff was ordered to prepare
a military expedition against Egypt. The amphibious assault would be
launched from Malta. What became known as the 'Suez Crisis' when 45
Commando performed the world's first military helicopter borne assault
insertion during British and French military action in Egypt. 40 and 42
Commando undertook a more traditional amphibious landing on the beach
at Port Said. The amphibious capability of the Royal Marines was
greatly increased, and became a key element in the country's capacity
to intervene in areas of conflict overseas.
1956. Friday 19th October. 654 Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone. Chris Garlick was awarded the Kings Badge.
1956. Tuesday 6th - 14th November. 3 Commando Brigade spearheaded landings at
Port Said in Egypt. President Nasser of Egypt seized the British and
French owned Suez Canal. The Chief of the Defence Staff was ordered to
prepare a military expedition against Egypt. The amphibious assault was
launched from Malta. After the military operation, Brigade HQ Royal
Marine Commando with 40 Cdo RM and 45 Cdo RM were withdrawn to Malta
from Suez. They were based on Malta but departed on regular exercises
in Cyprus till 1958.
1956. Monday 10th – 12th December. 45 Commando Commanded by Lieutenant
Colonel N.H. Tailyour took part in 'Operation Foxhunter' while in
1956. First Royal Marine detachments for frigates was formed.
1956. Corps Strength at that time was 10,000.
Band - Drum Majors - Drill with the Staff. "Throwing the staff in the
air is not in keeping with the position and dignity of a drum Major.
His primary duty is to control and lead the band and not to give a
personal display. The practice of throwing the staff into the air by
Drum Majors in public or when the public are present is to be made in
due course to 'Drill (Royal Marines) 1953 Part V, Band Drill -
1957. Monday 11th March. 669 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1957. 13th June. 669 C.S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1957. May - September. From Cyprus 45 Commando returned to Malta in October,
while X and Z troops formed the heliforce in Cyprus
during June 1958.
1957. National Service was to end gradually. It was decided that those born
on or after 1st October 1939 would not be required, but conscription
continued for those born earlier whose call up had been delayed for any
1957. Elements of 42 Commando served in Northern Ireland.
1957. Small Arms School Royal Marines at Browndown closed.
1957. Friday 19th October. 666 Kings Squad passed for duty at Eastney Barracks.
1957. Friday 29th October. 667 Kings Squad passed for duty at Eastney Barracks. William Neilson was awarded the Kings Badge.
1957. Monday 25th November. 680 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1957. December. 669 Kings Squad passed for duty at Eastney Barracks. Roy Calder was awarded the Kings Badge.
1957. Soldiers began using the L (12A) 1 self loading rifle, a British version of the American FN FAL.
1958. Thursday 27th February. 680 C.S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1958. Monday 9th June. Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1958. Friday 4th July. A memorial chapel to those killed while on deployment was erected at St Paul's Cathedral Valletta, Malta.
1958. August. 931 Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone.
1958. Tuesday 15th September. 702 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1958. October. 1Je Kings Squad passed for duty at Lympstone.
1958. Monday 10th November. 708 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1958. Monday 17th November. 709 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1958. Royal Marine Gunnery School at Eastney closed.
1958. Wearing of Dress Cords Royal restricted to Buglers Branch, not Musicians.
1958. Lieutenant Hadyn Mainwaring was the first RM officer to volunteer for
fast jet training in response to RMRO 275/56. He was awarded his wings
flying Vampires at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in January 1959 but was medically
downgraded shortly afterwards during his Seahawk Operational Flying
Training course at RNAS Lossiemouth.
1959. Thursday 8th January. 702 C.S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1959. January - March. 40 Commando based In Cyprus, returned to Malta
where the whole brigade was assembling, including 42 Commando who had
been sent out from England.
1959. Friday 6th March. 708 C.S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1959. Thursday 12th March. 709 C.S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1959. August. 709 Kings Squad passed for duty at Eastney Barracks.
1959. Tuesday 15th September. 702 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1959. Lieutenant Terence Joseph Patrick Murphy became the first Royal Marines
pilot to fly jets in an operational squadron. He flew Seahawk Fighter
Ground Attack jet fighters with 806 Squadron.
1960. Tuesday 5th January. 1/60 New Entry Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1960. Wednesday 17th February. 1/60 New Entry Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1960. Tuesday 16th February. 739 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Willie Turnbull was awarded the Kings Badge
1960. Monday 4th April. 45 Commando main body arrived in Aden after sailing from Malta.
1960. 31st March. 41 Commando Royal Marines (Cdo RM) was reformed. It was assigned to the UK Strategic Reserve.
1960. Monday 2nd May. 742 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1960. Thursday 2nd June. Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1960. Monday 4th July. 746 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1960. Thursday 11th August. 742 C. S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1960. Friday 9th September. J Wing commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1960. Monday 26th September. 939 N.S. the last National Service Squad to be formed.
7th October. Warning order regarding wider wearing of green beret by
officers and other ranks. Restricted to wearing by Commando Formations
and Units to be revised.
25th November. AFO decreed universal wearing of green beret. Previously
only worn by ranks serving in Commando Units or the Commando School.
"Green beret now to be issued to ORs of the RMBS and Buglers on
attaining Adult 1st Class status or on first draft to an HM Ship, RN
Establishment, or Commando Unit or formation - whichever is sooner.
After issue green beret will be part of compulsory kit. RM and RM Band
Officers are to provide themselves with the green beret when required.
1960. November. National Service was finally coming to an end, the Marines were
again reduced, but this time to an all Commando trained force of 9,000
1960. Saturday 31st December. The last National Servicemen entered service as the call up finally ended.
1960. HMS Bulwark commissioned as first British Commando Carrier Ship.
1960. Layout of Royal / Corps insignia on Drum Majors Dress Belts checked by
Royal College of Heralds and amended to suit current protocol.
1960. Rope tensioned drums replaced by rod tension.
1960. 45 Commando was moved to Aden.
1960. 42 Commando moved to Singapore.
1960. Melville Barracks Chatham closed.
1961. Monday 9th Janruary. 754 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1961. Friday 3rd February. Revised structure of the RMBS Special Duties List.
Admiralty approval of changes to promotion and structure. Ranks to
remain in the cumbersome form of 'Major (SD (B)) - 'Major, Special
1961. Monday 20th February. 756 C.S. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1961. Friday 31st March. Closure of Nore Command & disposal of C-in-C's RM Band.
April. 3 Commando Brigade, (Headquarters and 42 Commando Initially)
were moved from Malta, where it had been based since the mid 1950s, and
returned to Singapore, along with No 6 SB Section. To be based in the
Far East for the next 10 years. The Government had decided to keep one
Commando Carrier in the Far East, while a second one was to be kept
West of the Suez Cannel. At that time there was only two in service HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, both of 18,300 ton and having been deployed in the mid 1960's.
1961. Saturday 6th May. 754 C. S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1961. 17th June. 756 C.S. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
Sunday 25th June. Abdul Karim Qasim announced that Kuwait would be
incorporated into Iraq and a military threat was seen by Britain, as
imminent. Britain had accepted responsibility for Kuwait's military
protection and urgently sent a strong naval task force known as
'Operation Vantage' which included Royal Marines from 42 Commando on
board HMS Bulwark, Britain's first commando Carrier. A Company of 42
Commando were landed by helicopter at the Kuwait Airport, just as a
British Squadron of Hawker Hunters jet fighter aircraft arrived.
The British fleet included the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious
(subsequently relieved by HMS Centaur), destroyers HMS Camperdown, HMS
Finisterre, HMS Saintes and HMS Cassandra, frigates HMS Loch Fyne, HMS
Loch Ruthven, HMS Loch Insh, HMS Llandaff, HMS Yarmouth, and HMS
Lincoln and LST HMS Messina and the 108th Minesweeper Squadron.
1961. Saturday 1st July. Britain had already deployed half of a brigade group (that included 45 Commando)
into Kuwait to take up a defensive position ready for action. It's
always been regarded as a very fast deployment. However, it's now known
that the British had earlier received intelligence of what was about to
happen. They had pre-empted their forces sending them to the area but
keeping a low profile. In the end Iraq did not attack and a couple of
years later the British forces were eventually replaced by the Arab
League forces. Under great pressure from other countries in the area,
Iraq eventually recognised Kuwait's independence during 1963. The Arab
League contingent withdrew from Kuwait following the overthrow of
Iraq's Qassem regime during February 1963.
1961. Friday 21st July. Stick drill for Royal Marine Buglers. 'Attention'
drill changed. No pause between coming to attention and bringing sticks
across the body. Buglers to carry out these movements at the same time.
1961. July. 5Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1961. Tuesday 5th September. 43 Commando was reformed in Plymouth and disbanded again at Eastney Barracks in 1968.
1961. September. 754 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1961. October. 755 Kings squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1961. November. 756 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1961. Tuesday 12th December. 757 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1961. Lieutenants Roger Learoyd, T.J.P. Murphy and Nick Wise were the first
Royal Marines to qualify as troop lift helicopter pilots.
of wearing bugle cord described. When carrying a drum, bugle to be
carried on a shortened cord passing under the right epautte - bugle to
be carried in the right hand at all times.
1961. The last National Service Musicians left the RMBS.
1961. Head Quarters 3 Commando Brigade was established in Singapore.
1961. 43 Commando was re-formed in Plymouth.
1962. Monday 8th Janruary. 12Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
Friday 23rd February. Lieutenant-General M.C. Cartwright-Taylor,CB, had
the honour of being received by Her Majesty the Queen upon his
appointment as Commandant General Royal Marines.
1962. February. 760 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. D.G. South was awarded the Kings badge.
1962. Monday 30th April. 779 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
April. Lieutenant-Colonel John Glenn, Jnr, USMC, sent this photograph
to Lieut.-Colonel P.G. Davis, DSC, RM, to be used on the cover of the
April edition of the ‘Globe and Laurel’ Corps magazine.
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1962. May. 40 Commando left Malta for Singapore.
1962. Monday 18th June. 781 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1962. Thursday 20th July. 770 kings squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1962. Saturday 11th August. 779 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1962. August. 771 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1962. September. 772 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1962. Tuesday 2nd October. 773 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1962. Saturday 13th October. 781 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1962. October. 775 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1962. December. 12Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1962. Saturday 8th December. The Brunei Revolt broke out with very little
warning to the security forces, being aided and abetted by Indonesia.
Although its actual involvement probably did not go beyond the
provision of training and materiel to the rebels. Nonetheless, it
marked the beginning of a new policy toward the territories to the
north of Kalimantan, the Indonesian section of Borneo. Even though the
main part of the rebel force was defeated in a few weeks, remnants of
the insurgency remained at large for several months before they were
finally killed in the jungles around Brunei. During the manhunt which
followed the revolt, Indonesia began to intensity its political and
military attacks against Malaysian Borneo. The attacks were perpetrated
by guerilla bands recruited from Borneo, Malaya and Singapore and
leavened with leaders from the Indonesian Army (TNI) and Marine Corps
(KKO). Major General Walter Walker, who was in command of the security
forces tasked with the mopping-up of the rebels, believed that
Indonesia was poised to play a much larger military role in Borneo.
Indeed, even before Yassin Affendi, the military leader of the revolt
was killed on Saturday 18th May 1963, Indonesia had already begun to
step up its efforts to foment further uprisings in Borneo. On Friday
12th April 1963, a party of men attacked the police station near Tebedu
in the first division of Sarawak. The security forces initially did not
know who was responsible for the raid, although it was known that at
least some of the raiders were members of the Qandestine Communist
Organization (CCO), an arm of the predominantly Chinese Sarawak
Communist Party. The specter of a repeat of the Malayan Emergency was
likely in Walker's mind as he planned his response. As he had been a
successful brigade commander in one of the Emergency ' s last and most
effective operations, he was well suited to the task at hand. The
pillars of his Borneo strategy, drawn from his earlier experience in
Malaya, were to win the 'hearts and minds' of the natives, maintain
close liaison with civil and police powers and emphasize intelligence
gathering. Shortly after the raid on Tebedu, evidence came to light
indicating that the operation had been conducted by Indonesian
soldiers. This obviously changed the nature of the threat to Borneo
considerably. Walker believed the Indonesians' strategy to be the
active support of dissidents within Sarawak. A report by the recently
augmented Special Branch showed the CCO to be bigger Conflict Quarterly
and stronger than originally thought earlier in the year. The CCO
insurgents, who were stationed in Kalimantan and called Indonesian
Border Terrorists (IBTs) by the security forces, were believed to
number about 1,500 at this time. They were supported by an unknown
number of Indonesian regulars, mostly concentrated opposite the First
and Second Divisions of Sarawak. They even feared at one point that the
Sultan of Brunei's bodyguard, the Brunei Regiment, might itself become
the vanguard of a new insurgency. Walker's warnings to General
Headquarters, Far Eastern Land Forces (FARELF) were now given heed and
a few reinforcements were deployed from Singapore and Hong Kong to
Borneo. A crackdown on the CCO was undertaken, and a surprise operation
mounted to confiscate all 8,500 licensed guns in Borneo retrieved a
full 8,000. No doubt this helped to forestall any planned insurrection,
but a significant internal threat remained along with a growing
external threat in the form of deep incursions into Borneo from
Kalimantan. The task of thwarting the incursions was enormous: there
were only five battalions initially available to cover a frontier
stretching for more than 1,000 miles—a land mass as large as England
and Scotland. Indonesian raids into Borneo continued to increase over
the summer of 1963 while the Prime Minister of Malaya, Tunku Abdhul
Rahman, attempted to reach apolitical agreement with Sukarno and the
Philippines' President Macapagal in Manila. At the same time, in August
1963, a large, uniformed force raided deep into the Third Division of
Sarawak, near Song, and over a period of days were defeated by ambushes
of the 2/6 Gurkha Rifles. Prisoners taken by the Gurkhas revealed that
Indonesian regular army officers and non-commissioned officers provided
the leadership for the force of IBTs. IBTs stepped-up their activity as
the date for Malaysia's federation in September approached. On 16th
September, Sarawak and Sabah became independent prior to joining the
federation but Brunei opted to remain a British protectorate. On 28th
September, the Indonesian response to federation was felt in the Third
Division of Sarawak at the longhouse in Long Jawi where six men of the
1/2 Gurkha Rifles, three policemen and 21 Border Scouts were stationed.
The latter were part of a force of natives recruited, trained, armed
and uniformed to act as the 'eyes and ears' of the security forces in
the longhouses. This small party fell victim to a raiding party of
approximately 200 Indonesians supported by 300 unarmed porters. The
Indonesians had been in the longhouse for two days before attacking, a
fact which later led to a restructuring of the Border Scouts. The
Gurkhas held out by themselves, the rest were taken prisoner or killed.
Five of the security forces' men were killed and seven of the Border
Scouts, who had been taken prisoner by the Indonesians, were murdered.
In a series of ambushes, the rest of 1/2 Gurkha Rifles were able to
kill 33 of the raiders and scatter' many more in the jungle, where they
presumably died of starvation. This raid had two important results, one
of which was that the Indonesian murder of the Border Scouts alienated
the natives in the border area and evaporated what little support the
Indonesians had enjoyed up to that point. The result was that the
Border Scouts were taken out of uniform and reorganised to stress an
intelligence-gathering role. They carried on with their normal,
peacetime occupations, which for many included cross-border barter
trade. As such they became an extremely valuable intelligence source
for 'Claret' and complemented well the reconnaissance tasks now being
conducted by the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (22 SAS) in the
1962. Wednesday 12th December. 40 and 42 Commando are deployed to Brunie. Lima Company of 42 Commando led an
amphibious assault rescue mission lead and Commanded by Captain Jeremy
Moore. The Marines approached Limbang by the river as dawn was
breaking. However, their engines were quite noisy and they lost the
element of surprise. The deck of the boats offered little protection,
and two Marines were killed before landing on the river bank.
Commandos charged the police station, where they killed ten rebels and
captured the Bren gun. Salleh Bin Sambas was injured, but managed to
escape. The hostages were discovered in the hospital, where the
residents were singing loudly, to avoid being mistaken for a rebel.
The Marines then spent the rest of the day clearing Limbang house by
house, during which three more Marines and two more rebels were killed.
In total five Marines were killed and a further five were wounded.
The Limbang raid saw three of the 150 Marines decorated. For their role
in the battle, Corporals Lester and Rawlinson were awarded Military
Medals, while Captain Moore was awarded a bar for his Military Cross.
After this action L Company 42 Commando are still referred to today as
'Limbang Company' in memory of this Commando raid.
There was a time when the Indonesian government were assisting the
rebels, and allowed them to use the border as a hiding place. Because
of this there then followed a period of four years that saw 40 and 42
Commando's alternate tours in Sarawak and North Borneo, policing the
countries. A time when both Commandos saw action, until it finally
ended around August 1966.
40 Commando served in the following:
December 1962 in the 5th Division of Sarawak.
December 1962 - January 1963 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
March - July 1963 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
October 1963 - February 1964 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
July - December 1964 in Sabah (North Borneo).
July - November 1965 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
May - September 1966 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
42 Commando served in the following:
December - April 1963 in the 5th Division of Sarawak.
July - October 1963 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
February - June 1964 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
December 1964 - May 1965 in Sabah (North Borneo).
December-1965 - May 1966 in the 1st Division of Sarawak.
1963. Friday 11th January. 778 and 12 Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1963. Monday 21st January. 791 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1963. Friday 25th January. 779 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Program from Terry Aspinall
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February. The Royal Marines Recruitment booklet/Leaflet was revised by
the Central Office of Information, first published during the 1950's.
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1963. Friday 1st March. Band C-in-C Home Fleet to be located at HMS Pembroke Chatham.
1963. Friday 12th April 1963. A party of Indonesia men attacked the police station near Tebedu in the first division of Sarawak.
1963. Tuesday 23rd April. Acting Lance Corporal Douglas John Radford RM
19037, while on active service with 40 Commando deployed in Sarawak was
awarded the Military Medal.
1963. Saturday 18th May. 791 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1963. September. 791 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1963. Thursday 20 December.The London Gazette published the following article about Acting Lance Corporal Douglas Radford RM.
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1963. May. The last National Servicemen left the Armed Forces.
1963. Friday 29th November. Issue of white drill leg aprons for RMBS Drummers and Buglers. The buff leg apron to be withdrawn.
1963. Tuesday 10th December. The Aden Emergency as it was known was an
Insurgency against the British Crown forces in the British controlled
territories of South Arabia, which now form part of the Yemen. Partly
inspired by Egypt's President Nasser's pan Arab nationalism, it began
with the throwing of a grenade at a gathering of British officials at
Aden Airport on Tuesday 10th December 1963. A state of emergency was
then declared in the British Crown colony of Aden and its hinterland,
the Aden Protectorate. 45 Commando Royal Marines were based there. The
emergency escalated in 1967 and hastened the end of British rule in the
territory which had begun back in 1839. On Thursday 30th November 1967,
British forces withdrew and the independent People's Republic of South
Yemen was proclaimed. 45 Commando returned to the UK, while 42 Commando
covered the final withdrawal from the country
Monday 21st December. Borneo. An Indonesian incursion group crossed the
border and raided a shop in Serudong. Among those capture were
Indonesian Marines, who were disappointed that the locals did not help
them. Having been miss-informed that they were discontent with Malaysia.
1963. Metal wrist badge for Drum and Bugle Majors being manufactured in Portsmouth.
1963. First Drum Majors Course.
1963. New Rank Insignia for Staff Bandmast - a lyre surrounded by a laurel
wreath. To be worn on blue uniform and khaki drill. On other orders of
dress the current (QMS) insignia to be worn.
1963. Khaki tie issued to Band ranks and Buglers in preparation for the introduction of Lovat uniform.
1963 - 1966. 3 Commando Brigade (less 45 Commando) were involved in anti terrorist Confrontation operations in Borneo and Malaysia.
1963. During the period 1963 to 1966, Britain fought an undeclared war
against Indonesia in the jungles of Borneo. The war was over
Indonesia's political and military effort to destabilize the
newly-formed Federation of Malaysia with the purpose of annexing
Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei. As expressed by the Indonesian president,
Achmed Sukarno, this policy was called Konfrontasi, or 'Confrontation.'
British and Commonwealth forces fought a highly successful campaign
against Indonesian incursions into Borneo (East Malaysia), Malaya (West
Malaysia) and Singapore. Although unknown to the public at the time,
the British and Commonwealth forces went onto the offensive in Borneo
from August 1964 until three months before the formal cessation of
hostilities on Thursday 11th August 1966. The offensive took the form
of top secret, cross-border operations and raids code-named 'Claret',
and proved to be an integral factor in the successful conclusion of the
military campaign. It would be specious to credit Sukarno's fall from
power in March 1966 solely to the military failure of Confrontation. It
is equally specious to ascribe this fall only to domestic reasons.1
Knowledge of 'Claret' helps to bridge the gap between these two schools
of thought. 'Claret' was a politico-military tool employed in response
as much to political situations as it was to military ones. This
article will examine in some detail the circumstances which made
'Claret' a necessity, the political nature and extent of the
operations, and its sensitivity to political changes.
1963. The Tanzanian army revolted. Within twenty four hours Royal Marines had
left Bickleigh Camp, Plymouth, Devon, and were travelling by air to
Nairobi, Kenya, continuing by road into Tanzania. At the same time,
Commandos aboard HMS Bulwark sailed to East Africa and anchored
off-shore Dar es Sallam, Tanzania. The revolt was put down and the next
six months were spent touring Tanzanian military out-posts disarming
military personel. The Royal Marines were relieved by Canadian armed
1964. January. Part of the Tanzanian Army mutinied. Within 24 hours. Royal
Marines of 41 Commando had left Bickleigh Camp, Plymouth, Devon, and
were travelling by air to Nairobi, Kenya, where they continued by road
into Tanzania. At the same time, 45 Commando aboard HMS Bulwark had
sailed to East Africa and anchored off shore from Dar es Salaam, The
revolt was put down and the next six months were spent in touring
Tanzanian military out posts disarming military personnel. The Royal
Marines were eventually relieved by the Canadian forces.
10th January. From this date the Regimental slow march of the Royal
Marines will be The Preobrajensky March. Earl Mountbatten offered the
march to the Royal Marines instead of the present Regimental Slow March
The Globe & Laurel which is based upon the same air as the
Regimental Quick March of the Womens Royal Army Corps. This march will
be retained by the Royal Marines as an inspection piece. Also phased
as: Prompted by Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten, the Royal
Marines adopted the Preobrajensky March as their Regimental Slow March
in place of the Globe and Laurel based on Early One Morning. The new
march was the ceremonial slow march of the Preobrajensky Guards
commanded by the Grand Duke Sergius of Russia, Mountbatten's uncle
prince Philip's great uncle. The first public performance was on Horse
guards Parade on this day.
1964. Tuesday 21st January. 804 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1964. February. 16Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1964. Wednesday 1st April. Lovat dress was introduced.
1964. Monday 6th April. 808 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1964. Saturday 16th May. 804 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1964. Thursday 23rd July. As part of the Corps Tercentenary Celebrations a
Royal Review was held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Musical
support was provided by the Band of Portsmouth Group augmented with
Buglers and Musicians from the Bands of C-in-C Portsmouth and HMS St.
Vincent under the direction of Captain P. J. Neville.
1964. Monday 27th July. 808 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1964. August. Most published sources that mention operation 'Claret' are ambiguous about
when cross-border operations were first authorised. This is understandable
since the most explicit sources are regimental histories which deal almost
exclusively with die activity of a particular battalion's tour in Borneo. In
Fighting General, Tom Pocock indicates that 'Claret' was not authorised until
August 1964, after the first Indonesian incursion into West Malaysia. Pocock
tied authorisation for 'Claret' to a visit to Borneo by Fred Mulley, the Deputy
Secretary of State for Defence and Army Minister in the summer of 1964.
Walker supposedly convinced Mulley of the need for cross-border raids to keep
the Indonesians off-balance. Mulley reportedly agreed with Walker, promising
to pass on this information to Denis Healey, who had recently become Secretary
of State for Defence. Presumably, Healey then raised the matter before the full
Cabinet, which gave its assent based on the growing threat indicated by the
seaborne landing and the Indonesian build up opposite the First Division.
Rules were drew up in order to ensure secrecy and effectiveness. Known as the 'Golden
Rules,' they were:
Every operation will be authorised by DOBOPS.
Only trained and tested troops will be used.
Depth of penetration must be limited and the attacks must
only be made to thwart offensive action by the enemy.
No air support will be given to any operation across the
border, except in the most extreme of emergencies.
Every operation must be planned with the aid of a sand table
and thoroughly rehearsed for at least two weeks.
Each operation will be planned and executed with maximum security.
Every man taking part must be sworn to secrecy, full
cover plans must be made and the operations to be given
code-names and never discussed in detail on telephone or radio.
Identity discs must be left behind before departure and no
no traces — such as cartridge cases, paper, ration packs, etc,
must be left in Kalimantan.
On no account must any soldier taking part be captured by the
enemy, alive or dead.
The Golden Rules were faithfully followed. Available sources indicate
that operations followed months of reconnoitering, planning and rehearsing
every possible detail, including fields of fire for machine-guns, silent plotting
for artillery and mortar fire, approach routes, etc. The degree to which all crossborder
operations were subject to high-level review and approval was remarkable.
"Reconnaissance patrols were to be decided by the Brigade Commander, who
would notify (the division Commander), but other cross-border operations were
to be determined by the Director of Borneo Operations on the basis of recommendations
from (the division commander) and his brigade commanders, on
SAS advice, and on intelligence available."
Since no soldiers, alive or dead, were to be left behind, casualties during
'Claret' operations could pose a real problem. Fortunately for the security
forces there were very few. Bodies of any dead or wounded had to be carried
back to the border before being evacuated by helicopter. Only one instance of
a helicopter 'casevac' (casualty evacuation) from Kalimantan is recorded.
There are at least two cases of soldiers being lost across the border, but in neither
case is there any indication that the Indonesians ever found the bodies. Walker
attributes the success of operations and the minimal number of casualties to his insistance on training.
1964. Wednesday 28th October. The 300th anniversary of the birth of the Royal Marine Corps.
1964. Tuesday 8th
December. The Military Cross awarded to Lieutenant
Robert Alan Mountcastle Seeger, Royal Marines.
Lieutenant Seeger was leading a patrol in Sabah North Borneo,
in the Border on the West Coast of Sebatic Island, Tawau, Sabah. The patrol was
operating from rubber boats, and shortly after landing on a beach near the
Border Lieutenant Seeger and the leading men of the patrol came under heavy
fire, at close range, from an enemy automatic weapon.
Lieutenant Seeger was wounded in the right arm and knocked to the ground.
Instantly he regained his feet and rushed the enemy position firing his sub-machine
gun and shouting orders to his patrol.
The automatic fire ceased and Lieutenant Seeger cleared the immediate area with
grenades. He then led the assault group of his patrol through the enemy
position under covering fire from the support group. This manoeuvre accounted
for three enemy killed and these were later identified as Indonesian Marines. Having
cleared the area, he withdrew his patrol to the boats, re-embarked and moved
out of the area.
Throughout the action Lieutenant Seeger demonstrated leadership of the highest
quality, and his presence of mind, calmness, decision and inspiration whilst
under fire resulted in a very competent tactical action. The ability of the
patrol to react quickly when surprised reflected the thorough preparation and training
which he had carried out with his men
During October, Lieutenant Seeger led a long reconnaissance patrol through
extremely difficult country. This resulted in very valuable information and was
the result of leadership and skill of a very high order.
1964. Wednesday 16th December. 808 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1964. 41 & 45 Commandos in East Africa.
1964. Lovat Dress introduced.
1964 - 1967. 45 Commando was on operations in the Radfan in Aden.
1964. Lieutenant Norman Finch V.C. was made Divisonal Sergeant-Major of H.M. Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard.
1965. Saturday 30th January. The Royal Marines played a Major role during the
state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, as his Guard of Honour. (From
41 Commando) While other Royal Marines help line the streets of London
from St Paul's Cathedral to the Tower of London.
1965. Monday 1st March. 824 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1965. Monday 22nd March. 825 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1965. Thursday 29th March. 826 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1965. Captain T.J.P. Murphy was selected as the first Royal Marines officer to train as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor.
1965. Monday 3rd May. 25Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1965. May. 814 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1965. Friday 18th June 1965. Lieutenant Charles Peter Cameron RM was the
first Royal Marine to qualify as a Unit Light Aircraft Pilot.
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 31st July.The Royal Tournament was help at
the Earls Court Exhibition Building. 41 Commando Royal Marines
demonstrated a 'Blockade and Raid' that included a cliff assault. The
following is a small selection of pages taken from the official program
from Terry Aspinall.
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1965. Friday 9th July. 824 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1965. Friday 23rd July. 825 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1965. Monday 2nd August. 831 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1965. Sunday 12th September. The Military
Cross awarded to Major John Culpeper Weston, Royal Marines.
A reconnaissance patrol from C Company of 40 Commando
discovered a platoon of Indonesians in position on the Sarawak Border.
Operation ‘Stonehouse’ was mounted on the Tuesday
14th September with the aim of destroying this force. After a long and very
difficult approach through dense forest and severe hills, Captain (now Major)
Weston who had planned the operation in detail successfully positioned his
Company near the enemy.
He then led a small patrol to ascertain the
enemy's exact dispositions. He placed his subunits for a fire assault. This was
less than 70 yards from the enemy.
At this moment two civilians spotted one of our
fire groups and gave the alarm.
very fierce fire fight developed immediately, during which a number of
the enemy were hit. The enemy maintained heavy small arms and mortar
fire for some time but were then forced to retreat by C Company's
accurate fire. Throughout this action Captain Weston who was close to
his most forward troops, controlled the fire and the movements of his
sub-units with great coolness and disregard for his own safety.
Over a period of four months he also led his
Company on a number of operations both on the border and in the rear areas. All
these have been well planned and led.
On three occasions they have disrupted Communist
elements and the third resulted in the capture of a group of Communists one of
whom had been badly wanted by the special Branch for several months.
The efficiency and determination displayed by C
Company on all its operations has very largely resulted from the training and
leadership of Captain Weston who although still severely handicapped by an arm
badly wounded at Suez has never spared himself and has set a magnificent
example to his men.
1965. Monday 13th September. 826 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1965. October. 21Je and 22Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1965. Monday 1st November. 837 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1965. November. A Recommendation for an Honour or Award (OBE) was made on
behalf of Lieutenant Colonel John Aubrey Taplin. Then Commanding
Officer 40 Commando Royal Marines during the units deployment in the
Serian district of Sarawak.
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1965. Friday 3rd December. 831 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1965. December. 23Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1965. December. 824 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1965. Sergeant Peter Lawrence became the first Non Commissioned Royal Marine to qualify as a Unit Light Aircraft Pilot.
1965. Earl Mountbatten of Burma was appointed a Colonel Commandant RM.
1966. Friday 11th February. 25Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1966. Tuesday 1st March. 29Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1966. Thursday 10th March. 837 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1966. Sunday 15th March. Lieutenant Norman Finch V.C. passed away while
living in Portsmouth Hampshire and was cremated at Porchester. His
ashes were transferred to Southampton. His only known memorial is at
the Eastney Barracks, Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.
March. Borneo. Two Company’s of Royal Marines attacked an Indonesian
stronghold near Biawak. The Commandos had made a long approach march
lasting several days, avoiding jungle trails that were liable to be
mined. Upon reaching the enemy camp, Claymore mines on long bamboo
poles were quietly hoisted on to the roofs of the enemy bashas (huts)
and triggered by remote control. When these exploded each claymore
releases 700 steel balls, which tore through the palm roofs and created
havoc among the occupants below. The survivors dived out of the
buildings and returned the fire of the waiting commandos. Captain Ian
Clarke RM was morally wounded during this exchange and another Marine
1966. Friday 22nd April. 831 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1966. April. Royal Marine Graham Price RM 22359, while on active service with
42 Commando and serving in Borneo was ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ during
operation Claret. His ‘Mention in Dispatches’ was later published on
Tuesday 13th December 1966 in the London Gazette. Graham received
the award during the summer of 1966 while on the parade ground of
Stonehouse barracks Plymouth in front of the Company. It was presented
to him by Major R.E. Simmons U.S.M.C. (on secondment).
Clark with Graham as tracker, along with a Malay linguist and 2 Ibans
tribesmen were sent on recce patrols over the Indonesian border to
locate Indonesian fire bases. After a large enemy base was located a
plan was hatched to attack it. Graham led L Company and Lt Clark led M
Company on an overnight march to lay up in the jungle for a dawn
attack. The attack was a success but sadly Lt Clark was killed along
with one other Marine. However, there were 22 Indonesian soldiers
killed during the attack, and it stopped the Indonesians from mounting
further raids over the border. Believing that they were safe upon there
retreat back onto Indonesian territory. At the time it was a secret
operation. The British government did not admit what Operation Claret
involved until 1974. While most of the information was not available
for thirty years.
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1966. June. 836 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1966. The RMFVR retitled Royal Marines Reserve.
1966. July. 837 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1966. Thursday 18th August. The end of Indonesian Confrontation in Borneo after a truce was finally agreed.
The total casualties of the Commonwealth Military Forces in this
undeclared war, which lasted over four years, were 114 killed and 181
injured. A fifth of the Indonesian losses, half of who were prisoners.
The British forces also had to contend with virulent diseases such as
scrub-typhus with its weakening fevers, kidney failure and possible
death of the victim in a coma.
1966. Monday 31st October. 857 Squad Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1966. December. 844 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1967. January. 846 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1967. 26th February. 29Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. Sunday 10th March. 857 Squad Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. Monday 15th May. 870 Squad Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. Monday 29th May. 871 Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. May. 29Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1967. Friday 30th June. 856 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1967. Monday 7th August. 875 Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. August. The introduction of CG's Certificate of Merit for Buglers.
1967. Tuesday 5th September. 35Je. Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. Tuesday 12th September. Royal Marines, 2nd Lt Danny Moir age 22 was
killed in action in Aden whilst serving with 45 Commando. Because the
British withdrawal from Aden was less than 3 months away the decision
was taken to bury Danny at sea rather than on land where his grave may
well have been desecrated after the withdrawal.
1967. Friday 22nd September. 870 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. Thursday 5th October. 871 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. Monday 13th November. 881 Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. November. 42 Commando covered the final withdrawal from Aden.
1967. Thursday 14th December. 875 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1967. December. 29Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1967. Band Ranks to be eligible for selection as Drum Majors.
1967. Move of Plymouth Group Band to Infantry Training Centre RM.
1967. Band of C - in - C Mediterranean Fleet was disestablished.
1967. 45 Commando returned to UK.
1967. 40 Commando on IS duties in Hong Kong.
1968. Feruary. 871. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1968. 21st March. 881 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1968. Monday 6th May. 39Je. Squad commensed training at the Deal Depot.
1968. Tuesday 6th June. 35Je. Squad completed group 'A' training at the Deal Depot.
1968. Monday 12th August 1968. The formation of 3 Commando Brigade Air
Squadron RM. The Squadron was formed from the amalgamation of the three
Unit Air Troops of 40 and 42 Commando and 95 Commando Light Regiment RA
plus the Brigade HQ Flight. The first Squadron Commander was Captain T.P.T. Donkin RM.
1968. As a result of conditions and age, the memorial Silver Bugles will no longer be sounded.
1968. New NCO structure in Band Service - Introduction of Band Colour Sergeant rank.
1968. The Commandant Generals Piper. 1 During his recent visit to 42 Commando
RM the Commandant General approved that the title of the Commandant
Generals Piper was to be held by the leading piper in 42 Commando's
Pipe Band. 2 This appointment confers on the holder the entitlement,
when in Pipe Band uniform, to wear a Skian Dhu presented by General Sir
Norman Tailyour KCB DSO. 3 The first person selected to hold this
appointment is RM 21534 Lance Corporal I Anderson.
1968. 43 Commando was disbanded.
1st January. Band of HM RM C-in-C Western Fleet formed. With a strength
of forty three this was one of the two largest bands and was regarded
as the Staff Band of the Royal Navy.
1969. Tuesday 21st January. Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for children. First
concert in aid of this charity held in Portsmouth Guildhall, preceding
the Royal Albert Hall concert.
1969. Friday 7th February. 39Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
23rd February. The Silver Memorial Bugles withdrawn from service and
issued, as Corps Silver, to the Officers Mess's at Plymouth and CTC as
well as the RMBS and the RMM.
1969. February. Captain Michael John Reece was appointed Commanding Officer
of 848 Naval Air Squadron. The first Royal Marine officer to command a
Naval Helicopter Squadron.
1969. Monday 15th September. 48Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1969. September. 41Je. and 42Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1969. 1st November. 49Je. commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1969. Friday 5th December. 48Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1969. 'Operation Banner' as the troubles in Northern Ireland escalated. 41
Commando were the first RM unit to operate in Northern Ireland.
1970. Monday 19th January. 50Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Friday 30th January. 904 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1970. January. Band of C-in-C Far East Fleet disbanded.
1970. Friday 13th February. 49Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Friday 10th April. 50Je. completed training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Tuesday 9th June. Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1970. Friday 12th June. 910 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1970. June. 911 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1970. July. 914 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1970. Saturday 1st August. Daily rum issue abolished in the Royal Navy.
1970. Wednesday 2nd September. Last RM Band detailed for regular service on board a Royal Navy warship embarked in HMS Eagle.
1970. Thursday 22nd October. 928 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Monday 26th October. 929 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Wednesday 28th October. 57Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Monday 9th November. 928 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1970. Friday 4th December. 920 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1970. Saturday 5th December. 929 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1970. 45 Commando assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) for the Northern Flank.
1971. 13th January. 59Je. Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1971. January. 924 and 935 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1971. 12th February. 57Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1971. Thursday 25th February. 934 Squad commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1971. Saturday 6th March. 934 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1971. Thursday 29th April. Headdress to be worn by Fanfare Trumpeters.
Instructions from Dept of the CGRM: "Her Majesty has now express a wish
that when paraded with a Band in helmets the trumpeters should conform
to the dress of the band. Trials carried out at the School of Music
have shown that this presents no real difficulty. Having regards to the
fact therefore that the trumpets at present used for ceremonial
purposes are not the original memorial trumpets the Commandant General
has ruled that white helmets are to be worn when the trumpeters parade
with a band in his dress."
1971. April. 927 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1971. April. 928 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1971. Friday 11th June. 59Je. Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1971. Band of HM RM C-in-C Western Fleet became HM RM C-in-C Fleet.
1971. June. Mr Dom Mintoff was elected Prime Minister of Malta. On 17th June
he informed the British Government that he no longer accepted the ten
year 1964 Defence and Financial agreement. An advance party of 91
Marines and 120 wives and children had arrived by the end of June. They
were to be followed by the main body of 900 men on HMS Bulwark in mid
July. ...An agreement was reached
whereby Malta was to receive from the UK £5.25 million a year in rent,
and £4.25 million from NATO. However, in December 1971, Mintoff
increased his demand for an extra £9.5 million, together with
restrictions on the use of the base by other NATO powers and set a dead
line of 31 December 1971 for the withdrawal of British Troops. On 29
December 1971, Britain responded to Mintoff's ultimatum by announcing
the withdrawal of 3,500 troops and 7,000 dependants from Malta. The
deadline was extended until 15 January 1972 to allow for an orderly
1971. June. 929 Squad completed training at the Deal Depot.
1971. July. At the request of the Government of Malta the British Government
suspended the planned change over between 41 Commando Group and
the 1st/Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, pending discussions between the
1971. Tuesday 28th September. 66Je. Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1971. 17th October. Graham Cox RM died two days after being shot by an IRA sniper while traveling in a British Army armoured personnel carrier, Oldpark Road, Belfast.
1971. Tuesday 26th October. 67Je. Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1971. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron RM returned to the UK from the Far East and moved into
Coypool where the two UK based Commando Air Troops of 41 and 45
Commandos were absorbed into the Squadron.
1971. 41 Commando moved to Malta.
1971. 45 Commando moved to Arbroath in Scotland.
1972. Monday 3rd January. Plymouth Band changed title to Band of HM Royal Marines, Commando force.
1972. January. From the start of the year the title 'Squad' was dropped and replaced by 'Troop' as recruits formed up for training at the Deal Depot.
1972. Tuesday 22nd February. 20/21 Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot. (First mention of a Troop, from a Squad?)
1972. February. 62Je. Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1972. Saturday 11th March. 66Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1972. Friday 21st April. 67Je. Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1972. Friday 28th April. 20/21 Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
May - June. 41 Commando Visited the USA in HMS Bulwark for
exercise Rum Punch with the United States Marine Corps. They
returned to Malta on 6th July until their temporary disbandment.
1972. Sunday 11th June. Army and Marines adopted as Regimental March of the Commando Logistics Regiment.
1972. Saturday 1st July. The Rank of Warrant Officer reintroduced into RN and RM.
1972. Wdenesday 26th July. Royal Marine David 'Leonard' Allen aged 22 while
serving with 40 Commando in Northern Ireland was killed at the Unity
Flats, Unity Place, Belfast.
1972. Sunday 3rd Sept - 20 October. 41 Commando was based on Malta.
1972. Sunday 3rd September. Royal Marine Robert S Cutting from Manchester
aged 18, while serving with 29 Commando in the New Lodge area of North
Belfast, Northern Ireland was accidentally killed.
1972. Monday 16th October. Royal Marine Anthony Philip David age 27, was
fatally wounded in an attack in West Belfast. He died the following
day. Marine David was from Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales, and was serving
in 40 Commando.
1972. Monday 16th October. Royal Marine Anthony Philip David who was fatally
wounded during an attack in West Belfast. Sadly he died on the Tuseday
17th October aged 27. Marine David served in 40 Commando, and was from
Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales.
1972. Wednesday 6th December. Bands permitted to wear green berets on limited
occasions eg when performing in Northern Ireland, during military
training and when caps are impractical eg in ships. CGR's Advisory
Dress Committee file (RM 5/20/277 Pk2).
1972. HM The Queen approved the design for drum emblazonments to be used by
the Royal Marines and the Volunteer Bands of the Royal navy. This
followed Corps representatives discussion with, and approval from,
Clarenceux King of arms, Chester Herald (Advisor on Naval Heraldry) and
Garter, King of Arms. New design introduced in 1973.
1972. The Commando Logistic Regiment was formed.
1972. The Warrant rank was reintroduced.
1973. Tuesday 16th January. 80Je. Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1973. Thursday 1st February. Registered numbers to Computerised Records. RN
and RM pay and records were centralized at HMS Centurion and
computerized service numbers were introduced. All prefixes in use were
replaced, and ‘CH/X’ became ‘P00’, PO/X’ became ‘R00’, ‘PLY/X’ became
‘00’, ‘RM’ became ‘P0’, and ‘RMB’ became Q0.
Later the prefix
‘P’ was adopted and, using a complicated formula and a suffix letter,
new numbers were calculated for all other ranks. At about the same time
numbers for officers were introduced (for pay purpose sonly) and their
numbers were prefixed ‘N’.
6th February. The first Royal Marines Massed Bands concert in the Royal
Albert Hall. This was in aid of the 150th Anniversary Appeal for the
Royal Academy of Music. The series later became known as the
Mountbatten Festival of Music. Bands of C-in-C Naval Home Command, HMS Ganges and the Royal Marines School of Music took part.
1973. February. 72Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1973. Tuesday 12th June. Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1973. PRORM was integrated with HMS Centurion.
1973. Friday 6th July. 80Je. completed training at the Deal Depot.
1973. Tuesday 10th July. 96Je. Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1973. Thursday 26th July. While serving with 40 Commando in Northern Ireland
Royal Marine John Shaw aged 20 was killed at Unity Place, Belfast,
1973. November. 82Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1973. 7th December. 47/48/49Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1973. Friday 14th December. 86Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1974. Tuesday 5th February. Massed Bands Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Royal Marines Museum fund.
1974. February. 50/51Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1974. Tuesday 14th May. 98Je. Troop commenced training at thr Deal Depot.
1974. May. 56Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1974. May. 87Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1974. Saturday 20th July. Following the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, 41
Commando RM embarked in HMS 'Albion' to evacuate British civilians
from Kyrenia. They returned to Malta by mid September.
1974. Friday 30th August. 98Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1974. Saturday 28th September. 201Je. Troop commenced training at thr Deal Depot.
1974. Thursday 10th October. 202Je. commenced training at the Deal Depot.
1974. Friday 22nd November. 201Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1974. November. 66Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1974. Friday 6th December. 202Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1974. December. 92Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1974. Corps Strength at that time was 7,770.
1974 - 1984. The Royal Marines undertook three United Nations tours of duty in
Cyprus. The first was in November 1974 when 41 Commando took over the
Limassol District from the 2nd Battalion of the Guards Brigade and
became the first Commando to wear the light blue berets of the UN when
they began the Corps' first six-month tour with the UN forces in Cyprus.
1974 - 1975. The British Defence Review called for the reduction of the Royal
Marines from 7,770 men to 6,865. This diminution was to be achieved by
the disbandment of 41 Commando RM of 4 Command Gp. Troops of 41
Commando were to return to England in April 1977, leaving behind a
reinforced company of about 200 men who were to remain in Malta until
41 Commando Royal Marines were based in Malta, when 'Salerno Flight'
was formed with Captain Rodney Helme RM as the OC (he replaced the
original OC who was a Army Gunner), and Sergeant Blain as one of
the pilots. Their Gazelle, 381 and 383, were allocated from the 3 BAS
aircraft at Coypool, and Lieutenant Steve Bidmead RM, Lieutenant Derek
Blevins RM and Sergeant Paul Braithwaite RM were tasked with delivering
the Gazelle to Malta.
4th February. Massed Bands Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of
the Sir Malcolm Sergeant Cancer Fund for children, and Corps Charities.
1975. Friday 14th March. 203 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. John Davidson was awarded the Kings Badge.
1975. Friday 23rd May. 73Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Taff Res's was awarded the Kings Badge.
1975. May. 203 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1975. Friday 25th July. 76Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Alex Grant was awarded the Kings Badge.
1975. September. 78Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1975. August. 77Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Keith Woodworth was awarded the Kings Badge.
1975. October. 208 Troop passed for duty from Lympstone. Trevor Lewton was awarded the Kings Badge.
1975. October - May 1975. 40 / 41 Commandos served with the UN Forces in Cyprus.
1975. Corps Marches 'A life on the Ocean Waves', 'Sarie Marais' and 'Preobrajensky' in place of 'Globe and Laurel' confirmed.
1976. January. 210 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. 13th January. 219Je. commenced training ath the Deal Depot.
1976. January. 82Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. Saturday 6th March. 219Je. completed training ath the Deal Depot.
1976. March. 212 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. Tuesday 6th April. 86Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. Tuesday 8th June. Massed Mands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1976. Sunday 13th June. 88Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. June. 215 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. June. 215 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. July. 90Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. Wednesday 26th October. 226Je. Troop commenced training at the Depot Deal.
1976. 9th November. 227Je. Troop commenced training ath the Deal Depot.
1976. Friday 10th Dcemeber. 94Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1976. 8th December. The Royal Marines received the Freedom of Stanley on the Falkland Islands.
1976. Royal Marine detachments were aboard frigates during the Cod War off Iceland.
1976. Britain began trialling prototypes for the 1980s programme, which aims
to create weapons to replace the L (12A) 1 and the Bren gun. SA80
rifles have since been standard issue.
1951. Wednesday 10th January. Sgt. George Westwood PLY/X4229, while serving with 45 Commando in Malaya was killed in action.
1977. 28th January. 221 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. Friday 4th February. 226Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1977. Sunday 6th February. Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Silver Jubilee by
inspecting 41 Commando on Plymouth Hoe. (Although Salerno Company had
left for Malta at the time).
1977. Friday 18th February. 227Je. Troop completed training at the Deal Depot.
1977. Wednesday 16th March. Admiral of the Fleet, the Earl Mountbatten
of Burma, took the salute as 41 Commando RM trooped the Regimental
Colour at St Andrew's Barracks. The ceremony marked the beginning of
the withdrawal of British Forces from Malta.
1977. Monday 18th April. The main body 41 Commando returned to England leaving Salerno Company Group, which relocated to RAF Luqa
1977. Monday 17th June. 224 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. June. 41 Commando RM which had returned to England for disbandment was
reprieved. The Government decided to use it in the infantry role in
Northern Ireland. This reduced the need to withdraw troops from BAOR to
cover the province.
1977. Saturday 12th August. Royal Marine Neil Bewley aged 19 while serving in
45 Commando was shot whilst on foot patrol in Norglen Road, Turf Lodge,
1977. August. 227 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. Monday 12th September. RM Band of Flag Officer Naval Air Command moved from Lee-on-Solent to Yeovilton.
1977. Friday 30th September. 103 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. Saturday 1st October. Deal Depot Final Pass Out Parade - 229 Troop.
Next day the Depot became Royal Marines Deal, and home to 41 Commando
Royal Marines, and the Royal Marines School of Music.
1977. Tuesday 11th October. 232 Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. Monday 14th November. Opperation Burberry (Fire Fighters Strike) commenced.
1977. December. 106Je. Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. December. 107Je. Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1977. 41 Commando (less Salerno Company) left for Malta.
1977. RMRO issued to reinforce the RM Instructions regarding the march Sarie
Marais. "In addition the quick march Sarie Marais may be used to
commemorate the derivation of the name Commando, given in 1940 to the
newly raised raiding units and the service of a number of South African
Officers seconded to the Corps during the Second World War'.
9th March. To commemorate 25 years as Captain General, HRH Prince
Philip instituted the annual award of the Prince's Badge for the best
Musician or Bugler on completion of training, under similar conditions
to the King's Badge. This replaced the Commandant General's Certificate
1978. Tuesday 30th May. The Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1978. June. 232 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1978. Thursday 6th July. Integration of the Buglers Branch, as a separate
Section, within the RMBS; Buglers to retain own rank structure and
promotion rosters. Transfer to the General Duties branch in accordance
with RMI 1747 will continue to be allowed for men at present serving in
the Bugler Section. For men enlisting after 1st July 1979, such
transfers will only be allowed within 3 months of attaining the age of
seventeen and a half or before completion of initial training,
whichever is the later. Buglers who prove to be musically unsuitable
can transfer at any age. WO and SNCOs will continue to be entitled to
become candidates for selection for promotion to officer on the Royal
Marines SD list.
1978. Thursday 17th August. Cpl Robert Keith Miller age 22 from Cardiff
Wales. While serving with 42 Commando was killed by a car bomb
explosion on patrol in the Forkhill area of Northern Ireland.
1978. September. 229Je. Troop commenced training at the Deal Depot
1978. Saturday 4th November. 41 Commando Assumed London Duties (4th - 30th
November). Musical support was provided by the Staff Band of the Royal
Marine School of Music under the direction of Major J. Mason and led by
WO2 Drum Major D. Buchanan. The Tower of London was included for the
1978. First 10 man RN Frigate detachment formed.
1979. Friday 30th March. Salerno Company marched from its Lines at RAF
Luqa to board the Landing Ship Logistics (LSL) Sir
Lancelot which was berthed alongside HMS St Angelo. The last of
the Royal Marines left Malta, ending 180 years of the British military
presence on the island.
1979. May. 124aJe.Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1979. 42 Commando was deployed to Hong Kong for Internal Security duties.
1979. Friday 3rd August. 126aJe. Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1979. Monday 27th August. Earl Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA.
1979. Monday 1st October. Wearing of Royal Marines Band Service shoulder
titles instituted. Review of RMBS ceremonial dress due in May 1980.
1979. Friday 19th October. 130Je. Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1979. Friday 19th October. 224 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. February. Massed Band Concert at the Royal Albert Hall extended to two performances for the first time.
1980. February. 248 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. Monday 3rd March. 133Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. April. 255 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. April. 136Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. Friday 13th June. 259 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. July. 141Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. Friday 1st August. 143Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. Friday 19th September. 144Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. Friday 10th October. 147Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1980. The Special Boat Squadron relinquished the North Sea oil rig protection to Comacchio Company.
1980. Comacchio Company formed (and later re-named Fleet Protection Group RM in 2000).
1980. Elements of 42 Commando deployed to Vanuatu in the New Hebrides.
1980. The 3rd Raiding Squadron was deployed to Hong Kong for duties against illegal immigrants.
1980’s Special Boat Squadron was renamed the Special Boat Service.
1981. Feruary. 150Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1981. May. 271 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1981. July. 155Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1981. August. 157Je.Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1981. 41 Commando is disbanded at Deal.
1981. 16th October. 275 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1981. Saturday 17th October. The Commandant General, Lieutenant General Sir Steuart
Pringle was blown up outside his house by a terrorist car bomb.
1981. The Massed Bands Concert at the Royal Albert Hall renamed 'The Mountbatten Concerts' following his murder.
1981. HRH Crown Prince Harald the King of Norway was appointed Honorary Colonel Royal Marines.
1982. Friday 29th January. 163Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1982. February. The 'Royal Marines Commando' published by the Central office of information (reprinted in March 1983).
1982. Friday 19th March. The Argentinians land scrap metal salvagers along
with an escort of troops, planting the Argentinian flag on the Falkland
Islands. Argentina takes over Falklands.
1982. Sunday 28th March. The Argentine fleet sets sail under the guise of naval manoeuvres.
1982. Monday 29th March. British Submarines sent to Falklands, while HMS Fort Austin sails from Gibraltar to replenish HMS Endurance.
1982. March. 278 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1982. Wednesday 31st March. British decoders intercept radio message to the
Argentinean submarine Sante Fe, which orders her to examine the
beaches around Stanley for possible landing sites.
1982. Late March . Thousands of Argentine conscripts lacking basic training
are drafted in a hurry and sent to the islands. Argentina accumulates
more than 10,000 troops on the Falklands.
After the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands, the
Special Boat Service deployed to South Georgia. Their only losses
during the Falklands War occurred when the SBS and SAS were
operating behind the lines and two members of the SBS were shot by an
SAS patrol, who had mistaken them for Argentinians.
1982. Friday 1st April.1982. Naval Party 8901 (NP 8901) was the name given to
the Royal Marines Detachment of about troop strength, that had been
based on the Falkland Islands since 1966. Their strength was
approximately 43 members in each detachment, and serving on a one-year
rotation. They were all volunteers from within the Royal Marines. The
changeover date of each detachment was 1st April, which meant that at
the time of the Argentine invasion, there were actually two NP 8901
detachments on the island. A fact that the Argentine intelligence
failed to know. This gave the Governor Rex Hunt a total of 67 Royal
Marines to defend the Falklands. The outgoing 81 detachment led by
Major Gary Noot, and the incoming 82 led by Major Mike Norman. Major
Norman, being the senior of the two Majors, was placed in overall
command and Major Noott was made military adviser to the Governor.
A small number of Royal Marines had been sent to the island of South
Georgia. The force was supposed to act as a trip-wire. As such, they
were only lightly armed with small arms, machine guns and a few mortars
and anti-tank weapons. They had nothing heavier. Their job was to
provide resistance, and act at the discretion of the Governor Rex Hunt.
With a total of 67 Royal Marines to defend the Falklands while 12 of
Major Noott’s troop had already sailed to South Georgia aboard HMS Endurance under the command of Lt. Keith Mills. They had been sent to keep an eye on some Argentineans at Leith.
23 members of the Falklands Islands Volunteer Defence Force also
responded in time to help defend Stanley, including Jim Airfield, an
ex-Royal Marine Corporal who had moved to the Falklands. He apparently
arrived at the Marine barracks at Moody Brook and demanded to be given
a weapon saying, "There's no such thing as an ex-Marine". Although the
Argentinians had overwhelming force they didn't use it to their
advantage, in fact their intelligence was very poor. Believed there was
only one party of Royal Marines on the island.
1982. Friday 2nd April. The Argentine invasion of the Falklands having been
delayed by 24 hours due to bad weather. The plan involved the capture
of the Royal Marines base at Moody Brook. The Royal Marines Garrison
under the Command of Major Mike Norman number 68. There are also 11
sailors from HMS Endurance who were armed. About 25 men from the
Local Defense Force report for duty. The Argentine attack is launched
after 6am. The first attacks are on Moody Brook and Government House. A
fire fight brakes out. The outlying sections of Royal Marines fall back
to Government House. Firefights brake out over Stanley. The Royal
Marines surrender. Only 6 men make it back to Government House, where
the Governor Rex Hunt was forced to surrender, at 9.25 he ordered the
Marines to lay down their arms facing an overwhelmingly much larger
force. About 25 Argentineans were dead, although there were no British
casualties. Later the British Marines were flown to Montevideo along
with the British Governor.
1982. Friday 2nd April. 3 Commando Brigade spear headed the recapture of the
Falkland Islands. Known as 'Operation Corporate' it was a ten week war
between Argentina and the United Kingdom, disputing two British
overseas territories in the South Atlantic, the Falkland Islands, and
South Georgia. It started when Argentina invaded and occupied the
Falkland. A British task force was immediately sent from the UK to
recapture them, and given that an amphibious assault would be
necessary, the Royal Marines were heavily involved. 3 Commando Brigade
was brought to full combat strength that included 40, 42 and 45
1982. Saturday 3rd April. The United Nations Security Council passes
Resolution 502 calling for the withdrawal of Argentine troops from the
Falkland Islands and the immediate cessation of hostilities.
1982. Saturday 3rd April. The first Royal Air Force transport aircraft was
deploy to Ascension Island. While HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible are
prepared to sail, as the First British surface ships begin to head
1982. Saturday 3rd April. The Argentinean Invasion was condemned by United Nations Security council.
1982. Saturday 3rd April. Argentine troops seize the associated islands of
South Georgia and the South Sandwich group (1,000 miles [1,600 km] east
of the Falklands) following a short battle in which an Argentine
helicopter is forced down and the Argentinean frigate Guerrico is
damaged by a Carl Gustav anti tank rocket fired by the Marines in which
4 Argentine troops are killed. General Mario Menendez is proclaimed
military governor of the islands. As President Galtieri has predicted,
the move proves to be extremely popular. In Buenos Aires, where the
unions had a week earlier demonstrated against the government, there
are massive outbursts of solidarity in the streets.
1982. Sunday 4th April. The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sails from Faslane.
1982. Monday 5th April. Aircraft carriers HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible sail from Portsmouth. The Task Force will eventually number 13 warships
and 4 supply ships. Lord Carrington, the Foreign Secretary, resigns
over the invasion and is replaced by Francis Pym.
1982. Friday 9th April. The Canberra sails from Southampton with the 2400
men of 40, 42 and 45 Royal Marine Commandos and 3rd Battalion Parachute
1982. Sunday 11th April. The British submarines arrive in the South Atlantic, HMS Splendid and HMS Spartan begin patrolling off the Falklands,
while HMS Conqueror heads for South Georgia.
1982. Monday 12th April. HMS Conqueror reaches South Georgia. Britain
formally announces the introduction of a 200 mile Maritime Exclusion
zone around the Falklands. The destroyers HMS Antrim and HMS
Plymouth, with the tanker Tidespring acting as a troopship for M
Company 42 Royal Marine Commando are designated Task Force 319.9 under
Captain B.C. Young and sail from Ascension.
1982. Friday 16th April. The British aircraft carriers HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible reach the Ascension Island.
1982. Sunday 18th April. The Task Force sails from Ascension. HMS
Brilliant, HMS Coventry, HMS Glasgow, HMS Sheffield and HMS
Arrow are designated Task Unit 317.8.2 and are ordered to head south
at top speed in case diplomatic measures cause both sides to halt all
1982. Tuesday 20th April. An RAF Victor makes fourteen hour reconnaissance flight from Ascension to South Georgia.
1982. Wednesday 21st April. Task Force 319.9 arrive off South Georgia and
'Operation Paraquet' begins. British helicopters from HMS Antrim and Tidespring land SAS men on the Fortuna glacier for a reconnaissance
mission on Leith, whilst SBS men land by Gemini boat and begin
observation of Grytviken. The SAS men are subjected to Antarctic
weather conditions and request evacuation. In appalling weather
conditions two Wessex helicopters crash amazingly with no casualties.
The men are safely extracted.
1982. Friday 23rd April. An SAS Boat troop is put ashore by Geminis on South
Georgia, and begin observing the Argentineans. An SBS party is
extracted by helicopter after problems with the ice puncturing their
boats. Report reaches the British that an Argentinean submarine is in
the area and HMS Plymouth with two tankers sail east to avoid
detection, leaving HMS Endurance as the only ship in the area.
1982. Saturday 24th April. The anti submarine Type 22 frigate HMS Brilliant arrives off South Georgia to reinforce the ships already present.
1982. Sunday 25th April. South Georgia is retaken by the Royal Marines.
British helicopters locate the Argentinean submarine Sante Fe on the
surface and attack. The submarine heads for Grytviken and beaches. As HMS Antrim and HMS Plymouth arrive on the scene a decision to
strike immediately is taken and a force composing of SAS, SBS and Royal
Marines are put ashore by helicopter whilst the Royal Navy ships open
fire with their 4.5 inch guns to persuade the Argentineans to
surrender. The commander of the Argentine forces on the island, Captain
Largos, signs an unconditional surrender document on board the British HMS Antrim. The notorious Alfredo Astiz, who is at the time, a
Lieutenant Commander in charge of a small party based in Stromness
surrenders with his company and signs an unconditional surrender
document on board the British HMS Plymouth without firing a single
shot violating the military code's article 751.
1982. Sunday 25th April. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refuses to answer
questions from the press on the operation, saying: “Just rejoice at
that news and congratulate our forces and the Marines.”
1982. Monday 26th April. HMS Plymouth and HMS Endurance sail round to
Leith to accept the surrender. 190 Argentineans taken prisoner. While 2
Para on board the Norland leave Hull bound south heading for the
1982. Tuesday 27th April. Argentine warships sail from Puerto Belgrano.
1982. Friday 30th April. The British Nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror detects long range sonar contacts and closes to investigate.
1982. Friday 30th April. The Task Force arrives in the 200 mile exclusion zone surrounding Falklands.
1982. Saturday 1st May. The Main British Task Force enters Maritime Exclusion
Zone. An RAF Vulcan Bomber bombs Stanley airfield. HMS Hermes launches the first Sea Harriers, 9 to bomb Stanley airfield, and 3 to
bomb Goose Green airstrip. Three British ships HMS Glamorgan, HMS
Alacrity and HMS Arrow begin a naval bombardment of Argentine
positions around Stanley. Sea Harriers destroy a Mirage, a Dagger and a
Canberra. A further Mirage is accidently shot down by Argentinean
gunners. No Sea Harriers are lost. HMS Conqueror starts to shadow the
Argentine cruiser General Belgrano.
1982. Saturday 2nd May. The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror receives orders to sink the General Belgrano. Launching three
torpedoes, the General Belgrano is hit twice and sinks. 320 crewmen
die (the single biggest loss of life in the war). British helicopters
sink another Argentine patrol vessel Comodoro Somollera.
1982. Saturday 2nd May. Margaret Thatcher faces criticism over the sinking of
the General Belgrano because the vessel was outside the 200 mile
exclusion zone around the Falklands.
1982. Tuesday 4th May. An Argentine Super Etendard aircraft launch two Exocet
air to surface missiles at the British Task Force. The British
destroyer HMS Sheffield was destroyed, with 20 men killed, and 24
injured. In a Harrier bombing raid on Goose Green airstrip, one British
Harrier plane is shot down by anti-aircraft guns.
1982. Tuesday 4th May. The Sun British newspaper published its infamous
‘Gotcha’ front page headline about the sinking of the General
1982. Thursday 6th May. Two Sea Harriers are lost in bad weather.
1982. Sunday 9th May. HMS Alacrity shells positions around Stanley. Two Sea
Harriers attack the Argentine trawler Narwal. The vessel is then
boarded by SBS men, and the crew surrender. HMS Coventry and HMS
Broadsword are deployed as a missile trap off Stanley and
successfully destroy two Skyhawks and a Puma helicopter.
1982. Monday 10th May. HMS Alacrity sinks the Argentine supply ship Isla de los Estados.
1982. Wednesday 12th May. 5th Brigade consisting of 2nd Battalion Scots
Guards, 1st Battalion Welsh guards and 1/7th Duke of Edinburgh's Ghurka
Rifles sail from Southampton on board the Queen Elizabeth ll. HMS
Glasgow and HMS Brilliant are deployed as the missile trap off
Stanley. Three Argentine Skyhawks are shot down by Sea Wolf missiles. HMS Glasgow is hit by a bomb which passes straight through the ship
without exploding. A Skyhawk is mistakenly shot down by Argentinean
gunners. Formal orders given for landing site to be San Carlos. An SAS
team is inserted by canoe onto Pebble Island. The men evacuate the next
night by canoe and a raid on the airstrip is prepared.
1982. Friday 14th May. 45 SAS men launch a raid on Argentine grass airstrip
at Pebble Island, destroying 11 Argentine aircraft. The SAS men are
then evacuated by navy helicopters.
1982. Friday 14th May. 14 Argentine airplanes are destroyed in air / sea battle.
1982. Sunday 16th May. Sea Harriers attack two Argentinean supply ships in
the Falkland Sound. The ‘Bahia Buen Suceso’ is forced to beach. The Río Carcarañá is sunk.
1982. Tuesday 18th May. A Sea King Helicopter crashes whilst transferring SAS
men to HMS Intrepid, 21 men are lost. Ships intended for the landing
form a convoy and sail for San Carlos.
1982. Tuesday 18th May. A peace proposal suggested by the United Nations is rejected by Britain.
1982. Wednesday 19th May. 22 British servicemen killed when a helicopter transporting SAS soldiers ditches in the sea.
1982. Thursday 20th May. A Sea King helicopter from the Task Force crashes in
Chile and is then exploded by the crew. The helicopter had infiltrated
a SAS team into mainland Argentina to attack Rio Grande airbase and
destroy the Super Entenards that were causing losses to the Task Force.
2000 Argentinean Marines start to comb the area hunting for the SAS
team. Back in Hereford (UK) the SAS commander decides to abort the
mission and the SAS team crosses into Chile possibly suffering some
1982. Friday 21st May. British landings begin at San Carlos. The Frigate HMS
Ardent sunk by Argentine aircraft, killing 22 sailors. Fifteen
Argentine aircraft shot down.
1982. Friday 21st May. 3 Commando Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron Royal Marines Landed in San Carlos Water. A
Royal Marines Divisional Headquarters was deployed, under Major General
Jeremy Moore RM, who was commander of the British land forces during
the war. The landing force
consisting of 40, 42 and 45 Commandos RM, reinforced by 2nd and 3rd
Battalions The Parachute Regiment, embarked in HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid, Landing Ships Logistic and in many ships taken up from
trade and sailed 8,000 miles south via Ascension Island. The latter
stages of the voyage were conducted in poor weather conditions and
under threat of Argentine surface, subsurface and air attack. Sound
planning in conjunction with the Naval Task Force Commanders,
culminated in a successful unopposed Brigade night landing in the San
Carlos region of East Falkland before dawn on 21st May. For the next
seven days the landing force was under constant attack as the Argentine
Air Force attempted to dislodge it from the beachhead. The choice of
this remote, sheltered landing force to withstand the air assault and
played a major part in ensuring the successful recapture of the
Falkland Islands during the ensuing weeks. the Royal Marine landing
craft squadrons from HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid, together with the
1st Raiding Squadron RM, landed 3 Commando Brigade on to 5 separate
beaches without loss. After these initial landings the Squadrons
continued to off load the logistic shipping in deteriorating weather
and under constant air attack. Later all raiding and landing craft were
formed into the Task Force Landing Craft Squadron, which subsequently
operated on both flanks supporting 3 Commando Brigade and 5 Infantry
Brigade in dangerous and testing conditions. The new Squadron also
assisted the Commodore Amphibious Warfare in minesweeping duties and
Special Forces raiding and insertion tasks. Without this invaluable
contribution, before, during and after the main landings, the Falkland
Islands Task Force could not have achieved its objective in such a
1982. Friday 21st May. SBS men land by helicopter and secure Fanning Head
overlooking San Carlos. While the SAS men launch a diversionary attack
on Goose Green. HMS Glamorgan shells positions north of Stanley. 2
Para land at 4:40 am to secure the hills surrounding the anchorage. 40
Commando land seven minutes later. 45 Commando and 3 Para are landed.
By dawn 105mm guns and Rapier air defence systems are flown ashore by
helicopter. Scimitars and Scorpions from the Blues and Royals are
deployed also. Two British Gazelle helicopters are hit and destroyed
and another damaged. SAS troops near Stanley report an Argentinean
helicopter dispersal area and RAF GR3 Harriers from HMS Hermes attack
the site after first light destroying a Chinook and two Puma
helicopters. An RAF GR3 Harrier is shot down near Port Howard. The SAS
men destroy a Pucara with a Stinger missile. Argentine air force launch
attacks on the San Carlos anchorage. HMS Ardent is hit and sinks. HMS
Brilliant and HMS Broadsword are slightly damaged. Argentineans
lose approximately 13 aircraft.
1982. Saturday 22nd May. The Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines landing at Ajax Bay.
The Falklands campaign was fought some 8,000 miles from 3 Commando
Brigade's base in Plymouth. This stretched the logistic support to its
utmost. The Commando Logistic Regiment RM (Lieutenant Colonel
I.J.Hellberg RCT) was faced with the problem of supporting an enlarged
Brigade spread over more than 30 warships, auxiliaries and merchant
ships. The skill, dedication and exceptional devotion of the ordnance,
transport, repair and medical elements of the Regiment in adverse
weather conditions and often under heavy enemy air attack played a
major part in the success of the landing in San Carols Water. During
the following three weeks of the campaign, from the beach support area
at Ajax Bay where it landed on 22nd May, the Regiment supported a
Divisional Headquarters and two brigades, treated 695 casualties,
processed 2,000 prisoners of war and dealt with over 8,000 tons of
stores, ammunition and equipment. The logistic support provided by the
Commando Logistic Regiment RM was a battle-winning factor.
23rd May 23.The British Frigate HMS Antelope is hit by an unexploded
bomb, and 10 more Argentinean airplanes are destroyed.
1982. Monday 24th May. HMS Antelope abandoned after bomb detonates while being defused by disposal officer.
1982. Monday 24th May. Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad are hit but the bombs fail to explode.
1982. Tuesday 25th May. HMS Coventry is hit by 3 1000 lb air bombs dropped
from Argentine Skyhawks and sunk killing 19. HMS Broadsword is
damaged. There were Twelve killed in an Exocet missile attack on a
British Merchant Navy vessel the MV Atlantic Conveyor and she sank 3
days later, 12 more British dead.
1982. Thursday 27th May. The Battle for Goose Green / Darwin began.
1982. Friday 28th May 28. Argentine forces at Goose Green surrendered to 2
Para. Seventeen soldiers from 2 Para killed in two days of fierce
fighting, which ended in Argentine surrender with dozens killed and
more than 1,000 taken as prisoners of war
1982. Friday 28th May 28. The Atlantic Conveyor sank.
1982. Sunday 30th May. 45 Commando secures the Douglas settlement, while Mount Kent is captured by 42 Commando and SAS.
1982. Monday 31st May. Mount Kent is taken by British troops. The Falklands' capital of Port Stanley is surrounded.
1982. Tuesday 1st June. Britain declares its terms to end the struggle.
1982. Monday 4th June. Three companies of 45 Commando advanced on Bluff Cove Peak.
4th June. 3 Commando Brigade including the
Band of Commando Forces, with their musical instruments. This band
embarked upon the SS Canberra as stretcher bearers but performed a
number of duties and roles throughout the Campaign. The RM Band of Flag
Officer 3rd Flotilla (FOF3) boarded the educational cruise liner SS
Uganda which was converted to a hospital ship.
1982. Tuesday 8th June. The Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
1982. Tuesday 8th June. More than 50 British soldiers killed in attacks on
landing craft RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram off Fitzroy.
1982. Friday 11th June. Co-ordinated attacks on Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet by British troops.
1982. Friday 11th – 12th June. British destroyer HMS Glamorgan badly
damaged in missile attack. British forces take Mount Longdon, Two
Sisters and Mount Harriet. Three Falkland civilians killed in British
1982. Friday 11th – 12th June. The British take Mount Longdon, Two Sisters, Mount Harriet, and Mount Tumbledown.
1982. Friday 11th - 12th June. 45 Commando's Attack on Two Sisters. 45
Commando RM (Lieutenant Colonel A.F. Whitehead) landed at Ajax Bay on
the Brigade's right flank. After securing the western side of the
beach head, and while ships were being unloaded under Argentine air
attack, 45 Commando marched across more than 80 kilometres of rugged
terrain in freezing weather and driving rain via Douglas Settlement and
Teal Inlet to be in a position on Mount Kent for 3 Commando Brigade's
main attack. The Commando's objective was the twin peaks of Two
Sisters, the centre of the Brigade's three objectives. Bold
reconnaissance between 4th and 9th June had pinpointed enemy positions
and fighting patrols, while artillery harassing fire had caused some
early casualties to the enemy. A silent approach and a two pronged
attack during the night of 11th / 12th June against well equipped and
dug-in opposition up the jagged, craggy rock formations culminated in
fierce hand-to-hand fighting for the final enemy company positions.
About 50 prisoners were captured and 20 enemy either killed or wounded;
the remainder had retreated to the east. Thirty-six hours later the
Commando advanced swiftly to Sapper Hill, again on foot, and thence
into Port Stanley.
Royal Marines and members of the Parachute Regiment yomped (and tabbed)
with their equipment across the island heading for the capital Stanley,
covering 56 miles (90 km) in three days while carrying 80 pound
(36 kg) loads on their back. During the worse time of the year weather
wise. Until then not many civilians had heard the word Yomp, however
it's now part of many people's vocabulary.
Commando RM, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew
F. Whitehead RM, had their Easter leave cancelled and hastily deployed
to the Falklands, travelling in a mix of Royal Navy (RN)
and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships. Having made a tactical
landing at Red Beach, Ajax Bay on 21 May 1982, the men of 45
Cdo RM yomped across East Falkland, via Port San Carlos,
New House, Douglas Settlement, Teal Inlet and Mount Kent to
take part in the Battle for Port Stanley. They conducted a night
attack on the Two Sisters feature over the 11th / 12th June
1982, during which the Commando lost 8 men killed and 17 wounded. The
Argentinians surrendered on Monday 14th June 1982. Lieutenant Colonel Whitehead
was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). The Unit
Order of Battle (ORBAT) at the time of the Falklands War was three
fighting companies, named X, Y and Z or X-Ray, Yankee and Zulu. Each
company, led by a Company Commander, consisted of approx 100 ranks,
divided into three 'troops' each led by a Troop Commander. In addition
Support Company (Spt Coy) consisting of Anti-Tank, Mortars, Assault
Engineers and Recce Troop. Headquarters Company (HQ Coy) consisting of
the Signals Troop, Drivers and Admin/Base Staff were additional
support. The Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) of the unit was the
Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Pat
1982. Sunday 13th - 14th June. Attacks made on Mount Tumbledown and Wireless
Ridge, capturing Argentine positions on mountains overlooking Port
1982. Monday 14th June. The large Argentine garrison in Port Stanley is
defeated and surrenders, effectively ending the conflict. The Argentine
commander Mario Menendez, agrees to "an non-negotiated cease fire with
no other condition than the deletion of the word unconditional" from
the surrender document which he signs. 9800 Argentine troops lay down
1982. Monday 14th June. The Recapture of the Falklands. The Corps was
involved in virtually every significant aspect of the South Atlantic
campaign, starting on Friday 2nd April when a Naval party 8901 opposed
the Argentine assault on the Islands. A company group from 42 Commando
RM recaptured South Georgia on 25th April. From 1st May, SB Squadron
carried out intelligence-gathering patrols which were critical to the
success of the main amphibious landing in San Carlos Water on 21st May.
The main landing was planned and executed by 3 Commando Brigade RM
(Brigadier J H A Thompson OBE) which had been reinforced by two
parachute battalions and other Army subunits. RM detachments served in
many ships of the Task Force, and manned all landing craft. On 30th
May, Major General J.J. Moore OBE MC arrived in San Carlos with his
headquarters, based upon HQ Commando Forces RM, and assumed command of
all land forces which by then included 5 Infantry Brigade, 3 Commando
Brigade RM, however, bore the brunt of the fighting throughout the
campaign, commanding most of the battles which led to the surrender of
the Argentine forces on 14th June. The professionalism and resilience
of the Marines who took part were major factors in the success of this
unique amphibious operation conducted at a range of nearly 8000 miles
from the UK mounting base. A total of 3520 Royal Marines, approximately
50 percent of the Corps, took part in the campaign. Sadly there were 27
Marines killed during the conflict that included 2 Officers, 14 NCOs,
11 Marines, and 67 were wounded. The following honours and awards were
subsequently conferred upon Royal Marines: 1KCB, 1 CB, 2 DSOs, 6 OBEs,
3 MBEs, 2 DSCs, 5 MCs, 2 DFCs, 10 MMs, 1 DCM, 3 DSMs, 1 DFM and 1 QGM.
Argentinian force originally occupying Mount Challenger, commanded by
Major Ricardo Cordón, consisted of the 4th Infantry Regiment, with the
bulk of the defenders drawn from C Company with the 1st Platoon
(Sub-Lieutenant Miguel Mosquera) and 2nd Platoon (Sub-Lieutenant Jorge
Pérez Grandi) on the northern peak of Two Sisters and the 3rd Platoon
(Sub-Lieutenant Marcelo Llambias Pravaz) on the southern peak and the
1st Platoon A Company (Sub-Lieutenant Juan Nazer) and Support Platoon
(Second Lieutenant Luis Carlos Martella) on the saddle between the two.
Major Óscar Jaimet's B Company of the 6th Regiment (RI 6), acting as
the local reserve, occupied the saddle between Two Sisters and Mount
During the Battle of the Falkland the Royal Marines lost 27 members (2 Officers, 14 NCOs and 11 Marines).
12th May. RM 3 Commando Brigade Air Sqn. Two Gazelles of C
Flight were shot down by Argentine Army small arms fire near Port San
Carlos and crashed killing the pilots.
Gazelle number one was, EVANS. Andrew P. Sergeant RM PO25446U
Gazelle number two was, FRANCI. Kenneth D. Lieutenant RM N023442U and
GIFFIN. Brett P. Lance Corporal RM P033537T
1982. Thursday 27th May.
40 Commando Royal Marines while under Argentine bombing attack on San Carlos Water lost was:
MCANDREWS Stephen G. Marine, RM P035645L
45 Commando at Ajax Bay lost was:
ENEFER Roger Sergeant RM P024439G
EVANS Kenneth Corporal RM P020436E
MACKAY Peter B. Marine RM P039338Q
WILSON David Marine RM P037820V
(A fifth Marine ? died of wounds on 10th June).
Commando Logistic Regiment at Ajax Bay lost was:
DAVISON Colin Marine RM P037269B
Thursday 27th May. 45 Commando Royal Marines were the target of an Argentine bombing attack lost was:
CALLAN Paul D. Marine RM P041627B
1982. Friday 28th May. RM 3 Commando Brigade Air Sqadron flying
Scout of B Flight was shot down by an
Argentine Pucaras North of Goose Green lost was:
NUNN Richard J. Lieutenant RM N023329F was awarded a posthumous DFC.
1982. Tuesday 8th June.
LCU F4 Assault ship Fearless, sunk by Argentine bombing in Choiseul Sound, lost was:
GRIFFIN Robert D. Marine, RM, P035633L
JOHNSTON Brian J. Colour Sergeant RM P023116X was awarded a posthumous QGM.
ROTHERHAM Ronald J. Sergeant RM P027686Q.
RUNDLE Anthony J. Marine RM P029758D.
1982. Friday, 11th June 1982.
42 Commando Royal Marines at the Battle for Mount Harriet, in action with the Argentine Army, lost was:
SMITH Jeremy, Corporal RM P036299J
WATTS Laurence G. Corporal P032593N
45 Commando Royal Marines at the Battle for Two Sisters, in action with the Argentine Army.
Three men, including Sgt Leeming on a reconnaissance patrol,
were killed by friendly fire just before the main assault on Two
Sisters, another Royal Marine was killed by mortar fire early in the
attack, believed to be:
FITTON Peter R, Corporal RM P033189P
LEEMING Robert A. Sergeant RM P025875E)
PHILLIPS Keith Marine P039185R
UREN Andrew B. Corporal RM P035194P
1982. Saturday 12th June. 3 Royal Marines from 45 Commando were killed by artillery or mortar fire, believed to be:
MACPHERSON Gordon C. Marine P041923R
NOWA, Michael J. Marine P03609F
SPENCER Ian F. Corporal RM P032324V
2 Names missing, one of them was possibly in a hospital on the 10th June.?
1982. Thursday 17th June. The Argentine President Leopoldo Galtieri resigns as leader of the country's military junta.
1982. Sunday 20th June. The British re-occupy the South Sandwich Islands.
Britain formally declares an end to hostilities, and the two hundred
mile exclusion zone established around the islands during the war is
replaced by a Falkland Islands Protection Zone (FIPZ) of 150 miles.
From start to finish, this undeclared Falkland Islands war lasted 72
days, claimed nearly 1000 casualties (236 British and 655 Argentine),
many of them conscripts that were drafted by the Argentine junta. The
war had a cost of at least 2 billion dollars. From a political point of
view, the war helped the re-election of Margaret Thatcher (who was
losing popularity before the conflict started) and accelerated the
demise of the Argentine dictatorship. Argentine President Leopoldo
Galtieri who led the war effort, was quick to resign afterwards, paving
the road to the restoration of democracy in Argentina.
1982. Sunday 11th July. Royal Marines Cpl James Gardner died just after the Falkland hostilities ended.
1982. Tuesday 13th July. The Argentine government agrees to end hostilities with Great Britain.
1982. Friday 8th October. Acting Sergeant William Christopher O’Brien was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. This was the only occasion that
a Royal Marine has ever been awarded the DFM.
1982. Friday 8th October. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve
the appointments of the undermentioned as Companions of the
Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished
service during operations in the South Atlantic.
The Distinguished Service Order:
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Francis VAUX Royal Marines. Lieutenant
Colonel Vaux commanded 42 Commando Royal Marines. His first major task
after the amphibious landing was to move his Commando forward by
helicopter at night to the Mount Kent feature which had been secured by
the SAS. Once established he swiftly moved men on to Mount Challenger,
a key position overlooking Mount Harriet. For the subsequent eleven
days 42 Commando under Lieutenant Colonel Vaux's leadership patrolled
vigorously to gain information. During this period the Commando endured
appalling weather conditions and harassing fire from enemy 155mm, 105mm
guns and 120mm mortars. Their morale was never in doubt thanks to the
splendid leadership displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Vaux. The
subsequent Commando attack on Mount Harriet was planned in great detail
and executed with considerable skill to take the enemy in the rear.
This attack from an unexpected direction most certainly led to the fall
of the strongly held position in very rugged terrain with fewer
casualties to 42 Commando than had been expected. The excellent plan,
executed with verve and dash by 42 Commando, was the work of the
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Vau.
Colonel Andrew Francis WHITEHEAD Royal Marines. Lieutenant Colonel
Whitehead commanded 45 Commando Royal Marines. From the start of
Operation SUTTON he showed himself to be a fine Commanding Officer. His
meticulous planning and high standard of leadership was demonstrated on
the long approach march from Port San Carlos to the Mount Kent
positions overlooking Port Stanley. His Commando marched every foot of
the way. Despite the extremely unpleasant weather conditions both on
the approach march and during the time spent in defensive positions on
Mount Kent his Commando's morale and fitness to fight was of the
highest order. Their aggressive and effective patrolling contributed to
a marked degree to the success of the ensuing Brigades night attack.
During the night battle for the Two Sisters feature, which was his
Commando's objective, his cool conduct of the battle resulted in the
complete success of his part in the operation. Although while in the
Forming Up Point his Commando was caught by enemy defensive fire tasks
from 105 and I55mm guns, he calmly gave the correct orders to get the
attack underway. Undeterred by heavy machine gun fire which caught two
of his companies during the final assault up the steep slopes of the
mountain, he fought his Commando through and on to their objective. His
calm voice on the radio was a tonic to all who heard it. During the
following 48 hours after securing their objective the Commando was
subjected to harassing fire from 105 and 155mm guns. Their steadiness
under the fire is a tribute to the leadership and calmness of their
Lieutenant Richard HUTCHINGS Royal Marines. Lieutenant Hutchings 846
Naval Air Squadron made an important contribution to the planning and
conduct of operations by the use of his skills as a Combat Survival
Instructor. He completed eight operational missions with dogged
determination and courage, demonstrating great resilience under trying
circumstances. The personal courage over a prolonged period shown by
Lieutenant Hutchings was of the highest order.
Major Charles Peter CAMERON Royal Marines. Major Cameron was the
Commanding Officer of 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron. From the first
day of operations his Squadron of Gazelle and Scout helicopters
rendered outstanding service in support of the Brigade, often flying in
appalling weather conditions by day and night, having to evade
Argentine fighters and anti-aircraft fire. During these operations
three helicopters were shot down with the loss of four lives.
Nonetheless, the Squadron continued to provide extremely valuable
support to the ground forces, ferrying urgently needed ammunition and
evacuating wounded during the battle for Darwin and Goose Green amongst
other actions. Throughout this most demanding period, Major Cameron led
his Squadron with humour and compassion both on the ground and in the
air. His fine example of courage and determination, in the face of
severe losses, was an inspiration to all and his leadership ensured
that no call for help went unanswered.
Peter Murray BABBINGTON Royal Marines. On the night of 11th/12th June
1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 42 Command Royal Marines began a
silent night attack against strongly held enemy positions on the Mount
Harriet feature, five kilometres to the west of Port Stanley.
Initially, in getting onto and amongst the rocky crags of Mount
Harriet, undetected by the enemy, they achieved brilliant surprise. The
enemy, caught off balance, reacted fiercely. Captain Babbington was
commanding the leading Company as the fighting erupted. In the midst of
a ferocious fire fight, Captain Babbington calmly directed his men and
used his tactical and support weapons to maximum devastating effect.
His personal courage and cool professionalism were an inspiring example
and a crucial factor in defeating the enemy’
Idris DYTOR Royal Marines. On the night of 11th/12th June 1982, on the
Island of East Falkland, 45 Commando Royal Marines, launched a silent
night attack against strongly held enemy positions on the craggy hill
feature of Two Sisters, ten kilometres to the West of Port Stanley.
Initially, in getting onto Two Sisters undetected, they achieved
brilliant surprise. When discovered by the enemy a fierce fight ensued.
At the height of the fighting Lieutenant Dytor and his Troop came under
a hail of enemy fire. In an act of inspiring leadership, he fought his
Troop forward and personally led the assault on a strong enemy machine
gun position. His was the culminating feat of a highly successful
Lieutenant Christopher Fox Royal Marines. During the night 5th/6th June
1982, on the Island of East Falkland, Lieutenant Fox led a
reconnaissance patrol close to enemy positions on the Two Sisters
feature ten kilometers to the West of Port Stanley. Lieutenant Fox
established a covert post from which he was able to control accurate
fire against the enemy even though attacked by greatly superior forces.
Although wounded, he finally withdrew his patrol, intact, to his unit
lines. The intelligence gained by Lieutenant Fox was vital to the
planning of the subsequently successful attack by 45 Commando Royal
Marines on the Two Sisters feature.
Lieutenant David James STEWART Royal Marines. Early in the morning of
the 9th June Lieutenant Stewart, 45 Commando led a troop strength
fighting patrol to the Two Sisters feature in East Falklands with a
mission to harass the enemy and cause him casualties. In bright
moonlight and across 1000 metres of open ground Lieutenant Stewart led
his patrol undetected into the enemy position. Two enemy sentries were
killed and for the next 30 minutes a fierce fire fight ensued. The
enemy on the high ground and in position of their choosing were engaged
with troop weapons and artillery with great skill, vigour and courage.
The returning fire came from several different positions including 3
machine gun posts and artillery. During the withdrawal, Lieutenant
Stewart himself gave covering fire to assist his men move across the
open ground. There is no doubt that the success of this patrol which
killed 7 enemy and sustained no casualties was largely due to the
meticulous planning, the exhaustive rehearsals and the outstanding
leadership and courage shown by Lieutenant Stewart. The effect on the
enemy was shattering and possibly saved many lives of men in his
company which attacked the position two days later.
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award
of the Distinguished Flying Cross to the undermentioned in recognition
of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South
Distinguished Flying Cross:
Lieutenant Richard James NUNN Royal Marines. On Friday 28th May 1982
the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was engaged in fierce fighting
to take enemy positions in the area of Port Darwin. From dawn,
Lieutenant Nunn, a Scout helicopter pilot, had supported the Battalion
flying vital ammunition forward to the front line and had evacuated
casualties heedless of enemy ground fire. After flying continuously for
three and a half hours, it was learnt that the Commanding Officer and
others in Battalion Tactical Headquarters forward had been severely
wounded. Lieutenant Nunn was tasked to evacuated these casualties
collecting the Battalion Second in Command en route. However, five
minutes after take off, suddenly and without prior warning, two Pucara
aircraft appeared from the South and attacked the Scout with rockets
and cannon fire. By great flying skill Lieutenant Nunn evaded the first
attack but on the second his aircraft was hit and destroyed. Lieutenant
Nunn was killed instantly and his aircrewman Sergeant Belcher was
grieviously wounded. Lieutenant Nunn displayed exceptional courage,
flying skill and complete devotion to duty in the face of the enemy.
His achievements that day, supporting the Battalion, were exceptional
and were instrumental in the eventual victory.
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the
Distinguished Flying Cross to the undermentioned in recognition of
gallantry and distinguished service during operations in the South
Distinguished Flying Cross:
Captain Jeffrey Peter NIBLETT Royal Marines. During the attack on
Darwin and Goose Green, Captain Niblett led a section of two Scout
helicopters, supplying ammunition and evacuating casualties for two
days, often in the thick of battle and under enemy fire. During one
mission both Scouts were attacked by Argentine Pucara aircraft. The
helicopters evaded the first attack but one was subsequently shot down.
However, with quite exceptional flying skill and superb teamwork with
his aircrewman, Captain Niblett evaded three further cannon and rocket
attacks, safely completing the mission. He then resolutely continued
support and casualty evacuation operations until well after dark. His
courage, leadership and flying skills were also demonstrated in an
incident when he evacuated a seriously wounded Marine from Mount
Challenger, flying in dark and misty conditions over most hazardous
terrain. Captain Niblett proved himself an outstanding Flight Commander
and pilot. The superb support that his flight as a whole gave to the
landing force reflects his exemplary and dedicated service.
Distinguished Conduct Medal:
Corporal Julian BURDETT Royal Marines PO36660J. On the night of 11th/
12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 45 Commando Royal
Marines launched a silent night attack against strongly held enemy
positions on the craggy hill feature of Two Sisters, ten kilometres to
the west of Port Stanley. As Section Commander, Corporal Burdett was
leading his Section when they came under heavy fire from enemy Mortars.
Two of his men were killed instantly and he himself severely wounded.
Despite these setbacks, he continued to encourage and steady his
section as they moved forward. Ignoring his wounds Corporal Burdett
also continued to pass further important reports of enemy positions.
Simultaneously he organised the evacuation of his wounded colleagues
until he himself was carried from the scene of the fighting. Despite
serious losses, Corporal Burdett's selfless and distinguished
leadership inspired his men to continue their advance.
Distinguished Service Medal:
Acting Corporal Aircrewman Michael David LOVE Royal Marines P035079S.
Corporal Love of 846 Naval Air Squadron, completed seven operational
sorties in very hazardous conditions. He played a vital part in the
success of these missions and displayed remarkable skill, bravery and
resilience during periods of intense activity. Sadly, he was later
killed in a flying accident but his great contribution to the success
of the Squadron's operations will always remain a source of inspiration
Distinguished Service Medal:
Colour Sergeant Michael James FRANCIS Royal Marines P021992F. Colour
Sergeant Francis coxswain of LCU Fl, was working in the vicinity of HMS ANTELOPE when her unexploded bomb detonated, resulting in an immediate fire
which caused her crew, already at emergency stations, to be ordered to
abandon ship. Colour Sergeant Francis took his craft in to help with
the close range firefighting before being ordered to withdraw because
of the considerable danger to his craft. In a later incident on 8th
June he put his craft alongside RFA SIR GALAHAD to
start offloading troops to Fitzroy. Whilst alongside there was a sudden
and completely unexpected bombing raid on the vessel and her sister
ship RFA SIR TRISTRAM by four enemy aircraft. RFA SIR GALAHAD
was hit centrally, immediately bursting into flames and billowing black
smoke. One bomb fell within 10 feet of LCU Fl. Despite the possibility
of a second raid (which developed later), Colour Sergeant Francis
stayed alongside and took off a craft load of about 100 survivors,
including many very badly wounded. After landing this load Colour
Sergeant Francis returned to the area of RFA SIR GALAHAD, by now an inferno, took off the few remaining survivors, helped RFA SIR GALAHAD's life rafts into the shore, and then checked the rest of the area and
other life rafts for further survivors. These are two separate actions
of calm and selfless bravery, one in the presence of the enemy.
Sergeant William John LESLIE Royal Marines P023234T. During the period 21st-26th May 1982 HMS BROADSWORD was subjected to numerous air attacks. During these attacks two
aircraft were shot down by Sea Wolf missiles and two by Bofors gun and
small arms fire. Sergeant Leslie trained and was in charge of a General
Purpose Machine Gun Rifle Battery manned by a mixed group of seamen and
marines on the signal deck. His professional expertise with weapons and
his steadiness under fire quickly won the confidence of these men,
despite their exposed position, and ensured the effectiveness of their
fire, leading to the destruction of two enemy aircraft. Although
narrowly missed by a 30 mm cannon shell in an early attack, Sergeant
Leslie was unperturbed and continued coolly to guide and encourage his
men during successive waves of air attacks on and off duty throughout
the whole period.
Sergeant Thomas COLLINGS Royal Marines P029088B. During the Falkland
Islands conflict Sergeant Ceilings, 3 Commando Brigade, participated in
several particularly hazardous actions. During these he displayed great
personal courage and, despite the close proximity of Argentine forces,
he often provided accurate appraisals of the hostile units which were
of great assistance to his Commanding Officer. He also demonstrated
physical endurance of the highest order which was a great inspiration
to the men of his unit. His professional ability and bravery reflected
the finest traditions of the Corps.
Sergeant Michael COLLINS Royal Marines P027813G. On the night of
11th/12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 42 Commando, Royal
Marines planned for a night attack on Mount Harriet. Crucial to success
was the need to reconnoitre a route through unmarked minefields. In the
days proceeding the attack Sergeant Collins volunteered to lead a
patrol to probe and find a route through. During their reconnaissance a
mine exploded causing a member of the patrol to lose a leg: he had to
be carried back to safety. Undetterred, Sergeant Collins again
volunteered to lead a further reconnaissance patrol. Despite detection
and coming under heavy enemy fire, by his outstanding leadership and
determination the patrol made a vitally important contribution to the
overall success of the operation.
Sergeant Joseph Desmond WASSELL Royal Marines. Sergeant Wassell
commanded a four man team in the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre. His
quiet and steadfast leadership and professionalism led him to be
selected for several particularly hazardous missions culminating in an
operation in conjunction with Lieutenant Haddow's team on Goat Ridge
while it was still in the hands of the enemy. He led his team on a
detailed night reconnaissance patrol and then lay up for 24 hours, at
times within a few feet of the enemy. He produced a detailed map
listing the size and location of the enemy position which was later
used to very good effect. Whilst in this area Sergeant Wassell also
directed and controlled artillery fire to within 20 metres of his own
men, causing considerable damage to the enemy. Two nights later he
returned to Goat Ridge and led the 1st Battalion 7th Gurkha Rifles in
their move forward to assault Mount William. Sergeant Wassell set an
example of courage in the face of the enemy and the elements that was
an inspiration to all.
Corporal Michael ECCLES Royal Marines P028263C. On 12th June 'K' Coy
was the leading company for a unit night attack against a strongly held
Argentine position on Mount Harriet. After surprising the enemy fierce
fighting followed at close quarters amongst the rocks in which decisive
and inspiring leadership at section level proved critical. Corporal
Eccles set an outstanding example in this respect by leading from the
front to encourage his section to exploit shock action and successfully
overrun the position. This was only achieved, in fact, by a series of
assaults against machine gun positions and groups of snipers. Several
ranks were wounded, including another section commander, while the
troop became even more depleted as increasing numbers of the enemy
surrendered and had to be guarded. Corporal Eccles pressed on
relentlessly, however, to inflict sufficient casualties for the
remainder to abandon further resistance.
Corpora] David HUNT Royal Marines, P035637B. Corporal Hunt was a
Section Commander in a Rifle Company of 42 Commando throughout the
campaign. His qualities of leadership, determination, professionalism
and good humour were outstanding, often in the most arduous and
dangerous circumstances. During the attack on Two Sisters, he was the
first to spot enemy positions and to give accurate reports which
resulted in artillery fire being brought to bear. It was while leading
his section that he became wounded and lost the use of his arm.
Ignoring his wounds he continued to lead his men forward until they
were successful in their mission.
Corporal Stephen Charles NEWLAND Royal Marines, P030503S. On the night
of 11th/ 12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 42 Commando
Royal Marines began a silent night attack against strongly defended
enemy positions on the Mount Harriet feature, five kilometres to the
west of Port Stanley. Initially, in getting onto and amongst the rocky
crags of Mount Harriet, they achieved brilliant surprise. Thereafter, a
fierce attack erupted and Corporal Newland's Section were pinned down
by enemy machine gun fire from a cliff above. Ignoring the obvious
dangers, Corporal Newland scaled the cliff and, single-handed, attacked
the enemy with bullet and grenade. Although wounded in both legs he
continued to engage the enemy and direct his Section onto their
Corporal Harry SIDDALL Royal Marines P027128B. On the morning of 12th
June 1982, 45 Commando Group had secured their objective of the Two
Sisters hill. It was thought that a possible enemy mortar position was
situated at the base of a forward slope in the van of enemy positions
on Tumbledown Mount. Corporal Siddall, ‘Y Coy’ and Bombardier Holt went
forward to attempt to identify the base plate positions. Because of
difficult terrain and lack of routes Corporal Siddall left his section
to his rear in a firm base. From his forward position he heard enemy
approaching. When the four man patrol closed he opened fire, killing
one man, and capturing the remaining three, one of whom was wounded.
Corporal Siddall's sustained qualities of leadership and determination
showed a complete indifference to adverse conditions and his personal
Corporal Chrystie Nigel Hanslip WARD Royal Marines P031958E. On 12th
June 1982 'K' Coy, 42 Commando, was the leading company for a unit
night attack against a strongly held Argentine position on Mount
Harriet. Fierce fighting followed at close quarters amongst the rocks
in which decisive and inspiring leadership was vital. Corporal Ward set
an outstanding example in this respect by leading from the front to
encourage his section to exploit shock action and successfully overrun
the position. This was only achieved by a series of assaults on machine
gun positions and groups of snipers. Several ranks were wounded
including another section commander, and the need to guard the
increasing numbers of the enemy surrendering depleted the troop still
further. Corporal Ward pressed on relentlessly however, to inflict
sufficient casualties for the remainder to abandon further resistance.
Acting Corporal Andrew Ronald BISHOP Royal Marines P037457N. On the
night of 11th/12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 45
Commando Royal Marines, launched a silent night attack against strongly
held enemy positions on the craggy hill feature of Two Sisters.
Initially, until eventually detected by the enemy, they achieved
brilliant surprise. In the fierce fighting that erupted Acting Corporal
Bishop's Section Commander was killed by intense fire from an enemy
machine gun post. Showing a complete disregard for his own safety,
Acting Corporal Bishop rallied his Section and led them forward to
assault and take the enemy's position. His clear assessment and
determination under fire inspired his colleagues and made a vital
contribution to the overall success of the attack.
Marine Gary William MARSHALL Royal Marines P041435J. During the night
8th/9th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, Marine Marshall was
on patrol in the area of the Two Sisters feature, ten kilometres to the
west of Port Stanley. Disregarding his personal safety, Marine Marshall
dashed across open moonlit ground through enemy fire to secure a vital
position. That done, using his machine gun, he engaged and destroyed
the two enemy machine gun posts that had dominated the area. His action
was inspiring and enabled his Troop to safely withdraw to secure
Distinguished Flying Medal:
Sergeant William Christopher O'BRIEN Royal Marines PO30684R. During the
attack on Darwin and Goose Green Sergeant O'Brien piloted a Gazelle
helicopter of M Flight, 3rd Commando Brigade Air Squadron. For two days
his helicopter conducted supply and casualty evacuation operations,
often under enemy fire. With his Flight Commander he also took part in
17 night flying sorties to evacuate wounded personnel and resupply
vital ammunition. At times these sorties necessitated flying forward to
company lines in the heat of battle and in appalling weather. The
conspicuous gallantry and cool professionalism displayed on all these
occasions was superb and Sergeant O'Brien made an outstanding
contribution. His expertise and competence as a pilot has been widely
admired and recognised.
1982. Monday 11th October. From the Central Chancery of the Orders of
Knighthood at St. James's Palace London S.W.I. The Queen has been
graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Queen's
Gallantry Medal to the undermentioned in recognition of gallantry
during the operations in the South Atlantic.
Queen's Gallantry Medal Acting Colour Sergeant Brian JOHNSTON Royal Marines PO23116X. Colour Sergeant
Johnston, coxswain of LCU F4, was working in the vicinity of HMS ANTELOPE when her unexploded bomb detonated, starting an immediate fire which
caused her crew, already at emergency stations, to be ordered to
abandon ship. Without hesitation Colour Sergeant Johnston laid his
craft alongside the ANTELOPE and began to fight the fire and
take off survivors. At approximately 2200Z he was ordered to stay clear
of the ship because of the severity of the fire and the presence of a
second unexploded bomb. Colour Sergeant Johnston remained alongside
until his load was complete. In all LCU F4 rescued over 100 survivors
from the ANTELOPE. On 8th June, LCU F4 was attacked by enemy
aircraft in Choiseul Sound. During this action Colour Sergeant Johnston
and five of his crew were killed. Colour Sergeant Johnston's selfless
bravery in the face of extreme danger was in the highest traditions of
has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Queen's
Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallantry during the operations in
the South Atlantic:
Mention in Dispatches:
Major Peter Ralph LAMB Royal Marines.
Major Michael John NORMAN Royal Marines.
Major David Anthony PENNEFATHER Royal Marines.
Major Rupert Cornelius VAN DER HORST, Royal Marines.
Captain Eugene Joseph O'KANE Royal Marines.
Captain Andrew Robert PILLAR Royal Marines.
Captain Nicholas Ernest POUNDS Royal Marines.
Lieutenant Andrew John EBBENS Royal Marines
Lieutenant Fraser HADDOW Royal Marines.
Lieutenant Roland Frederick PLAYFORD, Royal Marines
Warrant Officer Class 2 Robert John BROWN Royal Marines P021729L.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Adrian Spencer ROBINSON Royal Marines P019573Y.
Colour Sergeant Barrie DAVIES Royal Marines P020357M.
Colour Sergeant Everett YOUNG Royal Marines P023189T.
Sergeant Peter BEEVERS Royal Marines P026130T
Sergeant Edward Lindsay BUCKLEY Royal Marines P025425T.
Sergeant Brian Gordon BURGESS Royal Marines P037926M.
Sergeant Edgar Robert CANDLISH Royal Marines P031726H.
Sergeant Robert Terence COOPER Royal Marines, P027420D.
Sergeant Graham DANCE Royal Marines P041201U.
Sergeant Colin Charles DE LA COUR Q.G.M. Royal Marines P024604K.
Sergeant Brian DOLIVERA Royal Marines P028117H.
Sergeant Andrew Peter EVANS Royal Marines P025446U (Posthumous).
Sergeant Ian David FISK Royal Marine, P028197B
Sergeant William David Paul LEWIS Royal Marines P028215X.
Sergeant Mitchell MC!NTYRE Royal Marines P022409Q.
Sergeant Henry Frederick NAPIER Royal Marines P025932E
Sergeant Thomas Arthur SANDS Royal Marines P027627C.
Sergeant William John STOCKS Royal Marines P024265U.
Sergeant Christopher Ralph STONE Royal Marines P026323M.
Sergeant Robert David WRIGHT Royal Marines P027999Q
Corporal Christopher John Graham BROWN Royal Marines P033816X.
Corporal Gordon COOKE Royal Marines P024499L
Corporal Thomas William McMAHON Royal Marines P030590A.
Lance Corporal Peter William BOORN Royal Marines P037261V
Lance Corporal Barry GILBERT Royal Marines P040829B.
Marine Robert BAINBRIDGE Royal Marines P027011B.
Marine Nicholas John BARNETT Royal Marines P038293A.
Marine David Stanley COMBES Royal Marines P037746K.
Marine Garry CUTHELL Royal Marines P036511U.
Marine Leslie DANIELS Royal Marines P038702U.
Marine Stephen DUGGAN Royal Marines P029137R.
Marine Leonard John GOLDSMITH Royal Marines P041637T.
Marine Graham HODKINSON Royal Marines P028769S.
Marine Mark Andrew NEAT Royal Marines P040450H.
Marine Geoffrey NORDASS Royal Marines P038320X.
Marine David Lloyd O'CONNOR Royal Marines P037962R.
Marine Christopher James SCRIVENER Royal Marines P039444L.
Marine John STONESTREET Royal Marines P03SS76L.
Marine Ricky Shaun STRANGE Royal Marines P032274P.
Marine Perry THOMASON Royal Marines P038632D.
Marine Paul Kevin WILSON Royal Marines P040423E
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct:
Marine Paul Anthony CRUDEN Royal Marines P040123Y.
1982. October. 280 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1982. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron moved to RNAS Yeovilton.
1983. Monday 24th January. Amendment to BR2118 Royal Marines Drill: "The
practice of Directors of Music marching in front of their bands, when
there is insufficient room for them to march on the right flank,
Director of Music. The Director of Music will be 2 paces clear of
the right flank of the band and in line with the leading ranks of
Musicians. When there is insufficient room for the Director of Music to
march on the flank he is to take up a position at the rear of the Band.
If the Bandmaster is not on Parade he should take the normal position
of the bandmaster. If the bandmaster is on parade he should take up a
position 2 paces to the rear of the bandmaster."
1983. Thursday 31st March. The Royal Marine Band of Flag Officers Naval Air Command was disbanded.
1983. Friday 16th September. 284 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1983. Friday 21st October. 284 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1983. Friday 4th November. 177Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1983. Friday 2nd December. 286 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1983. 40 Commando deployed to Cyprus for a United Nations tour of duty.
1983. Royal Marine Band of Flag Officer Naval Air Command was disbanded.
1983. 40 Commando was moved to Taunton.
1983. Major C.J. Nunn RM was the first Royal Marines officer to command an
Army Air Corps squadron in Detmold, Germany, and Northern Island from
May 1983 to December 1985.
1984. February. The Massed Band Concert at the Royal Albert Hall renamed 'The Mountbatten Festival of Music'.
1984. Tuesady 12th June. The Massed Bands Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
Wednesday 27th June. Her Majesty The Queen and his Royal Highness
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT Captain General Royal Marines
visited Royal Marines Poole to homour the Corps. The first occasion on
which her majesty had visited the Corps within a Royal Marines
establishment other than to present Colours.
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1984. Detachments of 3 Commando Brigade Air Defence Troop embarked in ships
of the Armilla Patrol.
1984. 539 Assault Squadron formed.
1984. All 10 man Frigate detachments were withdrawn.
1985. Friday 1st March. 190Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Simon Ashenden was awarded the Kings Badge.
1st April. The RM Band of Commando Forces ceased to exist and HM The
Queen approved the transfer of the badge of The Prince of Wales Plumes
from this band to the RM Band at the Commando Training Centre, RM. This
badge had originally been worn by the Bands of Plymouth Division and
then Group but, when the latter was split into Bands for Commando
Forces and CTC in 1972, it passed to the Commando Forces Band.
1985. Friday 4th October. 194Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Steve Bates was awarded the Kings Badge.
1985. Friday 8th November. 198Je Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1985-93. Royal Marines Commandos deploy on operational tours in Belize.
1986. Friday 17th January. RM C-in-C Naval Home Command Band on board HMY
Britannia assist as beach, stores, stretcher parties and immigration
officers during evacuation of British Nationals from Aden. making
several trips into various beaches the Yacht evacuated 1068 men, women and children up to the 24th January.
1986. Friday 25th April. 295Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1986. Friday 30th May. 506 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1986. Tuesday 17th June. 42 Commando RM carried out London Public Duties
from 17th July (the third occasion that the Corps had received this
honour) In addition to Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and the
Tower of London, guard mounting was required at Winsor Castle. Two
Bands were needed; the Band of the Royal Marines School of Music,
directed by Lieutenant Colonel G. A. C. Hoskins and led by Drum Major D
Dawson was in London with the Band of C-in-C Fleet, directed by Captain
E. P. Whealing and led by Drum Major Archer, at Windsor Castle.
1986. Friday 18th July. 298Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Simon Brooks was awarded the Kings Badge.
1986. Thursday 18th December. 518 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Simon Precious was awarded the Kings Badge.
1986. The Royal Marine Commando memorial was unveiled at Lympstone.
1987. Friday 27th February. 522 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1987. Friday 27th March. 300Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1987. Friday 22nd May. 302Je. Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1987. Tuesday 31st March. Royal Marine Band of Flag Officer 3rd Flotilla (FOF3) was disbanded.
1987. Monday 26th October. Change of title from RM Deal to Royal Marines School of Music.
1987. The Special Boat Service came under command of Director Special Forces.
Special Boat Service became part of the United Kingdom Special
Forces Group alongside the Special Air Service and 14
Intelligence Company. During the Gulf War, there was no amphibious
role assigned to the SBS, an "area of operations line" was drawn down
the middle of Iraq, the SAS would operate west of the line and the SBS
to the east. As well as searching for mobile scuds, their area
contained a mass of fibre-optic cable that provided Iraq with
intelligence, the location of the main junction was 32 miles from
1988. February. Massed Bands concert at the Royal Albert Hall extended to
three performances for the first time. This concert was video recorded.
1988. Friday 20th May. 542 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1988. Friday 1st July. 545 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1988. Friday 9th September. 548 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1988. Friday 30th September. 550 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Farthing was awarded the Kings Badge.
1988. The 3rd Raiding Squadron was disbanded in Hong Kong.
1989. Friday 12th May. 562 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1989. Friday 22nd September. An IRA (Irish Republican Army) bomb exploded in
the recreation room of the North Barracks at the Royal Marine School of
Music in Deal depot killing 11 bands men.
Musician Michael Francis Ball aged 24,flautist, from Ramsgate.
Musician John Andrew Cleatheroe aged 25. Alto-Saxaphone, from Wakefield.
Band Corporal Trevor Edward Davis aged 39. Trombone.
Musician Richard George Fice aged 22. Trumpet, from Cardiff, Wales.
Musician Richard Mark Jones aged 27.
Band Corporal David McMillan aged 26. Trumpet.
Musician Christopher Robert Nolan aged 21.
Band Corporal Dean Patrick Pavey aged 31. Bassoon, from Eastbourne.
Musician Mark Timothy Petch aged 24.
Musician Timothy John Reeves aged 24 from Oldham.
Musician Robert Leslie Simmonds aged 34. Clarinet, violin, piano.
A further 21 Bandsmen were injured.
1989. Friday 29th September. The Band of the Royal Marines School of Music
marched through the town of Deal to Honour their fallen Comrades, to
thank the towns people for their support and as an act of defiance
towards the bombers.
1989. Friday 9th March. 579 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
Saturday. 22nd September. The Sunday closest to the 22nd September to be
the RMBS Memorial Day, as a result of the 1989 Deal Bombing.
1990. November. 591 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1990. Thursday 2nd August to Thursday 28th February. The Gulf War codenamed
'Operation Desert Shield' an operation leading to the build up of
troops and defences in Saudi Arabia and 'Operation Desert Storm' that
took place from Sunday 17th January 1991 to Thursday 28th February
1991. When a war was waged by coalition forces from 34 nations led by
the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and
annexation of Kuwait.
1990. Monday 29th October. RM Band of C-in-C Fleet, deployed on board the
recently converted casualty handling Unit, RFA Argus, sail from
Plymouth for military service in the Gulf. Casualty handling plus
Nuclear, Biological and Chemical decontamination and protection are the
main operational areas for this force which, apart from the
possibility of Special Forces activity, was the only Royal Marines
commitment in the first Iraq War. To 19th March 1991.
1990. Royal Marines were embarked on HM Ships during the Gulf War.
Tuesday 22nd January. 36 SBS operators were inserted by 2 chinook
helicopters from No. 7 Squadron RAF, into an area full of Iraqi
ground and air forces as well as spies and nomads, they avoided them
and destroyed a 40-yard section of a fibre-optic cable with
explosives-destroying what was left of the Iraqi communication grid.
1991. January. 549 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
February. The Special Boat Service carried out one of its most
high-profile operations when it liberated the British Embassy in
Kuwait, abseiling from helicopters hovering above the embassy.
1991. Saturday 1st June. The Royal Marines Band Service ceased to wear the Green Beret.
1991. June. 604 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1991. Friday 12th July. 606 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1991. Thursday 8th August. 608 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1991. HQ Commando Forces and 3 Commando Brigade (less 42 Commando) were deployed to South East Turkey for Operation Safe Haven.
1991. 'Operation Safe Haven'. Apart from the SBS, the Royal Marines had
missed out on the Gulf War's 'Operation Granby'. However, during the
humanitarian crisis in the Kurdish areas of Northern Iraq, 40 and 45
Commando deployed as part of efforts to protect the Kurds.
1991. Thursday 31st October. The Eastney Barracks was closed. RM Band of
C-in-C Naval Home Command relocated to the re-named Eastney Block, HMS
1992. Friday 24th January. 617 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1992. Friday 31st January. 618 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1992. Friday 13th March. 621 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1992. Wednesday 1st April. Manpower cuts announced reduced the Royal Marines Band Service to 432 ranks, divided into seven bands.
1992. Monday 31st August. First women join the Corps as part of New Entry Squad 2/92 to commence training as Musicians and Buglers.
1992. Friday 13th November. 636 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1992. 27th November. 637 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1992. An Alliance was made with the Barbados Defence Force.
1993. Friday 25th June. 650 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1994. Friday 25th March. Royal Marine Band C-in-C Fleet disbanded as part of RMBS redundancies and restructuring.
1994. Friday 1st April. Bands renamed. C-in-C Naval Home Command became
Portsmouth; Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland became Scotland;
Flag Officer Plymouth became Plymouth; Royal Marine Commandos became
Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines. Royal Marines School of Music
and Britannia Royal Naval College retained their names.
1994. Friday 3rd June. 668 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
23rd July. Lieutenant General Sir Robert Ross, Commandant General, RM
presented a copy of The 'Soldiers' Chorus from Gounod's opera Faust to
29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, as their official quick march.
This was once the quick march of the Royal Marine Artillery.
1994. Friday 21st October. 673 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1994. Friday 2nd December. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General, visited the Royal Marines School of Music.
1994. 'Operation Vigilant Warrior' 45 Commando was deployed to Kuwait to
bolster coalition forces. When it looked as if Saddam Hussein was about
to move again against Kuwait, 45 Commando were airlifted to Kuwait.
1995. Headquarters Royal Marines was established on Whale Island, Portsmouth.
1995. Sunday 1st January. The White Ensign to be flown in all Royal Marine units.
1995. Wednesday 15th February. The Mountbatten Festival of Music Concert at
Royal Albert Hall directed, produced and recorded entirely by RMBS
officers and other ranks for the first time. This is now recognised as
the largest military band festival in the world.
1995. Monday 3rd April. Lieutenant Colonel Sir F. Vivian Dunn died at the age
of eighty six. He succeeded Captain McLean as Corps Director of Music
on the 31st March 1953, the title changing to 'Principal Director of
Music, Royal Marines on the 1st October 1953, an appointment that he
held until December 1968. He is the only military Musician to
receive a knighthood.
1995. Friday 26th May. 679 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1995. Friday 1st September. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron RM was disbanded
and immediately recommissioned at RNAS Yeovilton as 847 Naval Air
1995. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron was incorporated into Naval Air Command
as 847 Naval Air Squadron.
1995. RM provided the Commander and the Operations Staff
of the Rapid Reaction Force HQ in Bosnia.
1995. Commando Logistic Regiment was moved to Chivenor.
1995. 42 Commando and elements of the Commando Logistic Regiment were on
humanitarian and disaster relief in the West Indies.
1995. DRORM was closed.
1996. Friday 2nd February. As a result of the Governments 'Front Line First'
initiative the proposal to relocate the RMSM from RM Barracks, Deal to HMS Nelson was confirmed in the House of Commons on 25 May 1995.
Relocation to be completed by 1st April 1996, concurrent with the
final stage of the rationalisation of the RMBS.
1996. Friday 22nd March. Disestablishment of the Royal Marines School of
Music at Deal. Beating Retreat Ceremony by the Massed Bands HM Royal
Marines, including the Band of HM Marine School of Music,
culminated in a final march through Deal. Attended by 6,000 people in
1996. Friday 29th March. HQ Royal Marines Band Service and the Royal
Marines School of Music at Deal closed pending relocation to
Portsmouth. HQ RMBS operational at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth the next
1996. Monday 15th April. Training commenced at RMSM in HMS Nelson. The
Royal Naval Detention Quarters were specially modified for the purpose.
1996. Monday 28th October. Offical opening of RMSM in Portsmouth by HRH The Prince Edward.
1996. The Royal Marines School of Music was moved to Portsmouth.
1996 - 1997. 42 Commando and a detachment from 539 Squadron were deployed to the Congo prepared to evacuate civilians from Kinshasa.
1997. Wednesday 1st January. Musician W.H.Morris awarded the Silver Medal
of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year Honours list. Traditional
only awarded to Bandmasters and Colour Sergeants, he was the first
Musician to receive this, The Queen's personal award.
1997. Tuesday 1st July. Responsibility for musical training at the Royal
Marines School of Music transferred from the Royal Marines Command to
the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency under Flag Officer Training
1997. Friday 25th July. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opens new Plymouth Band Complex.
1997. September. Links between Royal Marines School of Music and the
University of Portsmouth formalised. All courses run by RMSM would be
formalised by the University enabling Musicians to gain civilian
qualifications. RMSM accredited as a centre for study.
1997. Friday 14th November. 719 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Curtis was awarded the Kings Badge.
December. HMY Britannia Decommissioning Ceremony. Final salute to the
ship was paid by the Director of Music and the Drum Major as the Royal
Yacht Band, part of the RM Portsmouth Band, marched past the ship
playing 'Auld Lang Syne'.
1998. Thursday 1st January. Musician J.Z.L.Wright of HMY Britannia awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Years
Honours List. Only the second and last, Musician to receive this award
for service on board the Royal Yacht.
1998. Friday 6th March. 726 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.
1998. Wednesday 1st April. HM Queen Elizabeth agreed that the RM Portsmouth
Band should continue to provide a Royal Band for the Royal Family. The
entire Band including Buglers, to wear 'Royal Band' flash at all times
and to wear the Traditional Divisional Tunic when on Royal Duty.
1998. 45 Commando was on humanitarian and disaster relief deployed to
Honduras and Nicaragua, following a devastating hurricane.
1998. 40 Commando and a detachment from 539 Squadron in the Congo prepared to evacuate British Nationals.
1999. Saturday 28th May. In accordance with RM Officer Rank alignment (DCI
Gen 39/99), changes to be made to Royal Marines dress convertions. e.g.
Majors no longer wear overalls nor gold leaf on caps.
1999. June. Lieutenant Phil Kelly RM became the first Royal Marine officer to qualify as a Sea Harrier FA2 pilot.
1999. Thursday 1st July. Royal Marine Officer Ranks aligned with the Army Ranks.
1999. Tuesday 20th July. Final Royal Tournament - Tri-Service event led by the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines. To the 2nd August.
1999. Thursday 19th August. Exercise 'Argonaut 99' including Ex Northern
Approaches (Turkey) and Ex Bright Star (Egypt). Major deployment
involving 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, the Royal Netherlands
Marine Corps and the Royal Marines Commando training Centre band
deployed on HMS Ocean. Other Royal Naval ships were HMS Fearless, HMS Edinburgh, HMS Percivale, HMS Bedivere and HMS Galahad. To the 15th December.
September. 20 SBS operators were involved in the Australian
led International Force for East Timor (INTERFET)
in East Timor. Together with the Australian Special Air
Service Regiment and the New Zealand Special Air
Service they formed INTERFET's special forces element named
Response Force. Response Force departed
from Darwin by C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and
flew into Dili tasked with securing the airport, a
seaport and a heli-port to enable regular forces to land and deploy
with the SBS filmed driving a Land Rover Defender out of a
Hercules. Response Force was then utilised to perform to a variety
of tasks including direct action and special reconnaissance through out
East Timor. The British forces withdrew in December 1999, including the
SBS. A Sergeant was awarded the Military Cross after his
patrol came under fire from pro-Indonesian militia.