The Royal Marines Historical Society
Patron: The Commandant General Royal Marines
The Royal Marines Historical Society has been in existence for
over 30 years. In addition to the publication of newsletters, journals
and special booklets, meetings are held annually at Portsmouth and
in the West Country.
Its value to the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth has been shown
by a number of historical projects undertaken by members. These
include listing all Royal Marines who died in the two World Wars,
helping on a project covering the Royal Marines in Malta and another
on the Eastney Forts.
A list of Special Publications are shown at the end.
Do you know:
that the last man to be hanged
from the yardarm was a Royal Marine?
that Evelyn Waugh and Compton Mackenzie both served in the Corps?
the origin of the Green Beret?
that the Royal Marines served in the China and Maori Wars?
that the last man in England to die in a duel was killed by a Royal
All these questions have been answered over the past few years
in our publications.
Origins and Objectives
The Royal Marines Historical Society was formed on 28 October 1964,
the Corps Tercentenary year, by a group of enthusiasts who had been
exchanging information on Corps History. The first newsletter was
published in April 1968.
a. To engage in and encourage research into the history,
uniform, traditions of the
Royal Marines and other aspects of the Corps History. The results
of research conducted by the Society are published.
b. To provide a means of communication between persons interested
in the history
of the Royal Marines.
c. To assist in the compilation of historical records in the Historical
of the Corps Museum.
At present the Society has about 200 active members, many of them
retired Royal Marines, but welcomes others who are genuinely interested
in particular facets of Royal Marines history and are prepared to
contribute actively to the Society.
Advantages of Membership
Members receive two issues of the Society's illustrated publication,
Sheet Anchor, which contains articles and news of interest on Royal
Marines history. Members also receive a copy of the Society's annual
Special Publication on a particular detailed and researched topic.
Three newsletters are distributed each year.
The Annual General Meeting is held in the Corps Museum at Eastney,
Southsea in April, after which there is a buffet luncheon, followed
by a talk on a Royal Marines historical subject. Subjects covered
over the past few years have included 'Gallipoli', 'Royal Marines
in the Gulf War', 'Kenneth Alford, Musician Extraordinaire', 'The
Falklands Campaign', 'Commandos in Italy in WW2', etc.
For members in the West Country there is also an annual evening
meeting at Lympstone, Devon in September which includes supper in
the Officers' Mess with a talk afterwards.
An Annual Dinner is held in Portsmouth each year to celebrate the
Corps birthday, 28 October, on the nearest Saturday.
Members are not charged the entry fee when visiting the Museum,
on production of their Membership Card. There is also a RMHS room
in the Museum where work on research projects may be carried out.
The annual subscription is currently £16 per annum
for those who complete a Gift Aid Declaration [UK Taxpayers only]
and £20 others. There is an entrance fee, equivalent to the
annual subscription which means that new members are charged double
for the first year. Overseas members may have their mailings by
Air Mail with the payment of a small supplement to cover the additional
Associate Membership is available for organisations interested
in the Society's aims, but this does not carry voting rights.
Applicants who are not former or serving Royal Marines must be
sponsored by two members of the Society. If necessary the Membership
Secretary will be pleased to arrange for applicants to meet members
living in their locality with a view to sponsorship.
Applications for Membership
Application forms for membership may be obtained from the
Membership Secretary, Royal Marines Historical Society, c/o The
Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, Southsea, Hants PO4 9PX.
Special Publications: Special Publications are available for sale
from the Museum Shop at the Royal Marines Museum. A complete list
of all the 23 publications so far issued can be obtained by writing
to the RMHS Office, Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, Southsea, Hants
Subjects Covered in Special Publications
rp = reproduction of the Original
SP1 rp £4 HAIL AND FAREWELL
by Wilfred Davey MBE BEM (d)
SP2 rp £5 EXTRACTS FROM ROYAL MARINE RECORDS PART 1 -1755
to 92 by General Sir H E Blumberg KCB (d)
SP3 rp £5 THE ROYAL MARINES AND THE DOCKYARDS 1755 to 1949
by Wilfred Davey MBE BEM (d)
SP4 rp £5 EXTRACTS FROM ROYAL MARINE RECORDS PART 2-1 793
to 1836 by General Sir H E Blumberg KCB (d)
SP5 rp £7 EXTRACTS FROM ROYAL MARINE RECORDS PART 3-1837 to
1914 by General Sir H E Blumberg KGB (d)
SP6 rp £5 THE GHOST OF A GENERAL AND THE ROYAL MARINE OFFICERS
OF 1914 by Lt Col Donald Bittner PhD USMCR
SP7 rp £5 ONE TIME MARINE (A Bootnecks Tale)
by Haydn Jenkins
SP8 rp £5 41 INDEPENDENT COMMANDO RM - KOREA 1950-52 by Lt
CoI Peter Thomas RM
SP9 rp £5 RM IN EAST DEVON A History of Lympstone and Dalditch
Camps, by Anthony J Perrett
SP1O rp £5 EXPEDITION TO SIBERIA 1919 (The Great War - Eastern
Front) by Captain Thomas H Jameson RMLI
SPI 1 rp £4 MARINES OF THE FIRST FLEET (Australian Bicentennial)
from the journals of Private John Easty, Sergeant James Scott and
Ueutenant Ralph Clark
SPI2 rp £5 MEMOIRS OF SERGEANT HARRY WRIGHT
(Zeebruggel9l8 and Aftermath)
SPI3 £7 FIDELITY WILL HAUNT ME TILL I DIE
by Peter Kingswell (3rd edition)
SP14 £3.50 ROYAL MARINES IN WALES
by Anthony J Perrett
SP15 rp £6 ROYAL MARINES SPIES OF WORLD WAR ONE ERA
by Lt Col Donald Bittner PhD USMCR and Captain J M Coleby RM
SP16 rp £7 ROYAL MARINES AND D-.DAY
compiled by Captain the Rev D A Farquharson-Roberts RM
SP17 £5 SOMETHING ABOUT ST IVES (Reminiscences of the Commando
Mountain Warfare Centre) by Derek Yardley Wright)
SPI8 £6.50 BEHIND JAPANESE LINES (The untold story Royal Marines
Detachment 385) by Captain Derek Oakley MBE RM
SPI9 £6~50 THE ROYAL MARINES AND HONG KONG (Over 150 years
from 1840 to 1997) by Dr S S Richardson AO CBE MA LLD
SP2O rp £6 MARINES FROM THE MEDWAY (The story behind their
Memorials in the Medway Towns) by Lt Col Brian Edwards RM
SP2I £6.50 MUTINY IN MURMANSK, The Hidden Shame" (Royal
Marines in North Russia 1918/19) by Major V M Bentinck RM
SP22 £8 AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURIES (An anniversary portrait
of the Marines in the RN of 1700,1800,1900 and after. By Lt CoI
Brian Edwards RM
SP23 £7 THE STORY OF COLOURS IN THE ROYAL MARINES. 16 pages
in full colour; By Major A.J. Donald RM.
SP24 £6 'BAGGED IN WORLD WAR 2. Two tales of Royal Marines
Prisoners of War Jim Fallace and Benjamin Knapton.
SPs are A5 size except those marked (d) which are A4. From SP 22
onwards all SPa are quarto.
In order to keep all Special Publications available, the R.M.H.S.
have introduced reproductions.They
are marked rp'. In some of these reproductions the photographs are
not as clear as in the originals.
All available from RM Museum Eastney, Southsea, Hants P04 9PX. Telephone
023 9281 9385
Ext 222 or on the Internet:- www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk
Subjects recently covered in Sheet
Anchor (Twice yearly)
Major Landing Craft on D-Day
Royal Marines Postal History
The Cape York Marines
What's in a Rank?
How Grivas Got Away - Cyprus
The Royal Marines Provost
Royal Marines Masonic Lodges
Egyptian Campaign - 1882
Crete - 1941
Plymouth Band in Normandy
Royal Marines and Portsmouth
Three Renowned Bandmasters
We welcome contributions from all members on any
historical subject related to the Royal Marines.
1664 - 2002