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Is this boy a Royal Marine?

Postby Jackohara11 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:10 pm

I think this young man may be a royal marine... However, during world war one he definitely served with the Royal Engineers. Could this be possible? To change who you served with in a short space of time? Hope someone can help!!
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Re: Is this boy a Royal Marine?

Postby brunes08 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:51 pm

My mother-in-law's father was in the Territorial force for four years from 1912 to 1916. When his term of service ended, he joined the Royal Navy. I have all his service documents so I know it is not just a family fiction. So it is possible that an individual could serve in two different sections of the military. Not sure what his uniform is though.
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Re: Is this boy a Royal Marine?

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:46 am

I have to say that I'm not convinced that this is a Royal Marine. According to Dan in another thread, the RM Artillery had flaming grenades on their collars. That doesn't look like this. And the RM Light Infantry had a fairly circular collar badge so far as I can see, whereas this looks like it might have a scroll beneath and something else on the top. Maybe.

But I would like to suggest that this is a Royal Army Medical Corps badge. Crown on top, laurel wreath, scroll beneath, and a snake in the middle to make a distinctive open centre. I don't know all the badges but saw that one. I might be way off but....

As for what he was doing in the RAMC, I have this idea that bandsmen are often allocated medical duties in combat - but I would have thought that they were in their own infantry or whatever regiment. But I also have heard of people serving as part time soldiers or sailors in the medical branch - could he have been a cadet, maybe part time like a Territorial, attached to the RAMC? Then, when he was old enough, he transferred to a combat / support unit like the RE? Speculation on my part....

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Re: Is this boy a Royal Marine?

Postby Jethro Tull » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:20 am

Hi Jack,
Again I agree with Adrian on this one, this is RAMC. As far as I was aware they would have served as a distinct unit and not within the marines etc.
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