Today it would be most unusual to find anyone who has not heard of the Royal Marines, so famous is the Corps. They are best known as elite troops, "The Royal Marines Commandos," given the toughest training & tasked with the most difficult operations & assaults. However, their identity of specialist commando troops really began during the Second World War. Before this, their role in the British Forces was organised around the reinforcement of HM Ship's crews & manning a proportion of the Guns, with fairly limited opportunities for land service. One of the greater of these opportunities began in August 1914. The Royal Marines consisted of three separate branches at this time: Royal Marine Artillery (RMA). Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI). Royal Marine Band (RMB).
Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.
Original Source: The Imperial War Museum RND Rolls of Honour. The Red Cross Wounded & Missing Lists 1915-1918. “The Cross of Sacrifice” by S.D. & D.B. Jarvis. “With Full & Grateful Hearts” by the RM Historical Society. The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton. The National Archives “R.N.D. Royal Naval Division, Antwerp, Gallipoli & Western Front 1914-1918.” by Len Sellers. “The Globe & Laurel” Royal Marines Journal 1915-18. “Nelson at War 1914-1918” by Capt. Roy Swales RN(rtd.) “The 1914 Star to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines.” by W.H. Fevyer & J.W. Wilson. “The Diaries of Pte. Horace Bruckshaw RMLI.” by Martin Middlebrook. “Britain’s Sea Soldiers, The History of the Royal Marines 1914-19.” by Gen. Sir. H.E. Blumberg CB RM. “The Royal Naval Division.” by Douglas Jerrold. “Command in the Royal Naval Division.” by Capt. Christopher Page RN. “The Hood Battalion.” by Len Sellers. “Gallipoli as I saw it.” by Joseph Murray. “Call to Arms, from Gallipoli to the Western Front.” by Joseph Murray. Plus a countless number of private letters & diaries of RND servicemen.