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Royal Marine Light Infantry

25th Nov 1915 Parcels

29th Aug 1916 Instruction

30th Aug 1916 Reliefs

1st Sep 1916 In the Trenches

2nd Sep 1916 In the Trenches

3rd Sep 1916 Reliefs

7th Sep 1916 Instruction

8th Sep 1916 Instruction

9th Sep 1916 Instruction

10th Sep 1916 Instruction

11th Sep 1916 Instruction

7th Nov 1916 Reliefs

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Those known to have served with

Royal Marine Light Infantry

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Walter H. Pte. (d.5th June 1916)
  • Banks William. Marine. (d.3rd Feb 1915)
  • Banks William. Pte. Marine Light Infantry (d.3rd Feb 1915)
  • Bennie Harold Edwin. Lt. (d.6th Feb 1917)
  • Boyd Frank. L/Cpl. 2nd Royal Marine Battalion (d.13th Nov1916)
  • Boyle T. W.. Pte. HMS Challenger (d.2nd March 1915)
  • Brideoake John Thomas. Pte. (d.9th July 1917)
  • Broughton Alfred William Delves. Capt (d.31st May 1916)
  • Cann Jerome. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Carson Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Cox H.. Pte. HMS Astraea (d.31st January 1916)
  • Draper H.. Pte. (d.16th Nov 1917)
  • Eddolls Francis John. Gnr. (d.18th March 1917)
  • Freeman Thomas Shelton. Sergeant RMR/B/1045 (d.4th March 1915)
  • Harvey Francis John William. Major. (d.31st May 1916)
  • Hough James. PO. Portsmouth Btt. (d.6th May 1915)
  • Johnson D.. Pte. (d.22nd November 1914)
  • McKerdle . Cpl.
  • Noulton Henry James. Pte.
  • Orr David Edward. Pte. (d.8th May 1915)
  • Osmond H.. Pte. (d.26th October 1914)
  • Smith Austin Clifford. Sgt. 1st Btn.
  • Thomas Francis Hastings. Capt. (d.15th Aug 1916)
  • Unwin James William. Pte. HMS Alacantra (d.29th Feb 1916)

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Gnr. Francis John Eddolls SS Joshua Nicholson (d.18th March 1917)

Francis Eddolls was drowned by an Enemy Submarine 18th March 1917, aged 43. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Plymouth, he was the son of John and Amelia Eddolls, of Chippenham, Wilts; husband of Ida Maud Eddolls, of 45, Cromwell St., Burnley, Lancs.

s flynn


Pte. Jerome Cann HMS Amphion (d.6th Aug 1914)

Private Jerome Cann served with the Royal Marines Light Infantry during WW1 and was killed in action on the 6th August 1914, aged 17. He is commemorated on on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Plymouth. He was the son of Stephen and Mary Cann, of Trevena, Tintagel, Cornwall.

S Flynn


Pte. John Thomas Brideoake HMS Vanguard (d.9th July 1917)

John Brideoake was killed in action on the 9th of July 1917, at sea, aged 20. He is Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent. He was the son of Robert H. and Rhoda Brideoake, of 21, Clive St., Burnley, Lancs.

s flynn


Major. Francis John William Harvey VC. HMS Lion (d.31st May 1916)

Francis John William Harvey was killed in action on 31st of May 1916, aged 43. he is Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 29751, dated 15th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "Whilst mortally wounded and almost the only survivor after the explosion of an enemy shell in "Q" gunhouse, with great presence of mind and devotion to duty ordered the magazine to be flooded, thereby saving the ship. He died shortly afterwards."

s flynn


Pte. D. Johnson H.M.S. Cressy (d.22nd November 1914)

Private Johnson was the Son of Mr. G. Johnson, of North Willingham, Market Rasen, Lincs.

He was 45 when he died and is buried Seventy feet South of South-East angle of Church in the Husby Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn


Pte. H. Osmond HMS Albion (d.26th October 1914)

Private Osmond was the son of Alfred and Julia Osmond, of Stourton Caundle, Stalbridge, Dorset.

He was 39 when he died and is buried in the Mindelo Municipal Cemetery in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde, Grave 106.

S Flynn


Pte. Walter H Adams Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.5th June 1916)

The parents of Private Walter Adams received a post card to say he had survived the Battle of Jutland on board HMS Hampshire with Lord Kitchener, but the ship had already been sunk by a mine. He is buried in the Naval Cemetery in the Orkneys.


Pte. H. Cox HMS Astraea Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.31st January 1916)

Private Cox was buried in the Douala Cemetery, Cameroon, Grave 25.

S Flynn


Pte. T. W. Boyle HMS Challenger Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.2nd March 1915)

Private Boyle was buried in the Douala Cemetery, Cameroon in a joint grave No. 7-8.

S Flynn


Pte. H. Draper SS. Kyno (d.16th Nov 1917)

Private Draper is buried in the Algiers (Boulevard Bru) European Cemetery, Algeria with a wooden cross marking his grave.

s flynn


Cpl. McKerdle Royal Marine Light Infantry

Cpl McKerdle was captured at the Battle of Antwerp. He was sent to Munster II POW Camp.


Pte. William Banks Marine Light Infantry HMS Clan McNaughton (d.3rd Feb 1915)

I recall my grandmother telling me about the telegram which arrived and which she opened. She wandered into the parlour where her mother and grandmother were and said, "how silly, that the telegram said they'd "lost all hands", and how silly that was." William Banks was aboard the Clan MacNaughton, an armed merchant cruiser, lost, believed foundered off NW Scotland, there were no survivors.

Patricia Donoghue


PO. James Hough Portsmouth Btt. Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.6th May 1915)

James Hough was the son of Annie Hough of 18 Snowden St., Rose Grove, Burnley. He died 6th May 1915, aged 26, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn


Pte. James William Unwin HMS Alacantra Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.29th Feb 1916)

James Unwin died on 29th February 1916 whilst serving aboard. HMS Alacantra. He was aged just 18 when the ship sank. He is remembered with honour at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.He was my great great uncle and I still have a copy of the certificate showing all the details and where his name is remembered.

Kim Stanney


L/Cpl. Frank Boyd 2nd Royal Marine Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.13th Nov1916)

Frank Boyd was the son of Henry Boyd, of Eaton Brae, Shankill, Co. Dublin. He was killed in action aged 22 and remembered on a Special Memorial in Y-Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel.

s flynn


Lt. Harold Edwin Bennie 2nd Royal Marine Battalion (d.6th Feb 1917)

Harold Bennie was the son of James and Agnes Bennie, of Dublin and served with the 2nd Royal Marine Battalion. He died of wounds at the Somme in February 1917 aged 28, and is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.

s flynn


Pte. Henry James Noulton Chatham Division

Henry Noulton was born on 18th April 1898. He enlisted on 22nd June 1915, and on completion of his training was posted to a cruiser squadron. His ship was engaged on special patrol duties off the coast of Russia. In October 1918 the vessel on which he was serving whilst conveying wounded across the Irish Sea was torpedoed. After several hours in the water he fortunately was rescued.

He was demobilised in February 1920, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

J.D. Noulton


Capt. Francis Hastings Thomas DSC. Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.15th Aug 1916)

Francis Thomas is the 2nd son of my grandfather, Inspector Herbert Theodore Thomas, from his first marriage to Gertrude in Jamaica which makes Captain Francis Hastings Thomas my step-uncle. He was born on 4th Dec 1885 in Jamaica, and went to the UK in 1900 to finish his education, prior to WW1.

He joined the British Army and was involved with the Suva Bay Landings at Gallipoli Turkey, he went on and died in action in Africa. His body was sent back to the UK and is buried at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, where his name is engraved on a plaque there. Sadly again this Jamaican soldier is erased and forgotten in Jamaica. Thanks to Alan Greveson UK Genealogist who revealed the facts on my four Jamaican step-uncles.

Gerald A. Archambeau


Pte. Joseph Carson 2nd Btn. Royal Marine Light Infantry (d.13th Nov 1916)

Joseph Carson on the 13th November 1916 at the Battle of Ancre in the Somme, France. His memorial is on Pier 1A Thiepval Memorial.

Mike Horne


Marine. William Banks HMS Clan McNaughton. (d.3rd Feb 1915)

My grandmother often told the story of how as a child, she opened a telegram and wandered into the parlour asking her mother Mary Banks, [nee Brady] and her grandmother, "how can they lose all their hands?" Never understanding the significance of her words, yet seeing all too quickly the effect upon her now twice widowed mother. Her stepfather was William Banks, I believe a stoker aboard HMS Clan McNaughton. I have a photo of him in his Naval Uniform taken prior to his marriage to my great Grandmother.

Patricia Donoghue

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