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 100 Former Royal Marines Commandos take part in the annual Commando 999 Speedmarch Marathon to raise funds for The Royal Marines Association

 
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The Royal Marines Association produces the first calendar to feature wounded and injured servicemen from the British Armed Forces
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The calendar, which features 12 injured Royal Marines, has been commissioned to raise funds for a new trading company to be managed entirely by the wounded for the wounded. Read More...

On Saturday November 12th, a team of 100 former Royal Marines Commandos took part in a gruelling 26-mile marathon across Central London.

 

Along the route, the troops passed a number of influential landmarks including; Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square. They also popped into Downing Street to meet The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May and the First Sea Lord, Admiral Mark Stanhope for a formal inspection.

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The Royal Marines
The Corps of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, commonly just referred to as the Royal Marines (RM), are the marine corps and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service. They are also the United Kingdom's specialists in amphibious warfare, including the operation of landing craft; mountain warfare; and Arctic warfare. A core component of the country's Rapid Deployment Force, the Corps's 3 Commando Brigade is capable of operating independently and is highly trained as a commando force. It is trained to deploy quickly and fight in any terrain. The Royal Marines have one of the longest basic infantry training courses in the world. 

Traditions & Insignia
The Royal Marines have a proud history and unique traditions. Our colours (flags) do not carry individual battle honours in the manner of the regiments of the British Army but rather the "globe itself" as the symbol of the Corps.

The badge of the Royal Marines is designed to commemorate the history of the Corps. The Lion and Crown denotes a Royal regiment. King George III conferred this honour in 1802 "in consideration of the very meritorious services of the Marines in the late war."

Globe & Laurel

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The "Great Globe itself" surrounded by laurels was chosen by King George IV as a symbol of the Marines' successes in every quarter of the world. The laurels are believed to honour the gallantry they displayed during the investment and capture of Belle Isle, off Lorient, in April-June 1761. 

The word "Gibraltar" refers to the Siege of Gibraltar in 1704. It was awarded in 1827 by George IV as a special distinction for the services of four of the old Army Marine regiments (Queen's Own Marines, 1st Marines, 2nd Marines, 3rd Marines). All other honours gained by the Royal Marines are represented by the "Great Globe". As a consequence, there are no battle honours displayed on the colours of the four battalion sized units in the corps.

When referring to individual Commandos: 45 Commando is referred to as "four-five" rather than "forty-five commando" as is 42 Commando "four-two" but 40 Commando is "forty". 
The only units which carry colours are 40 Commando, 42 Commando, 45 Commando, and the Fleet Protection Group (which is the custodian of the colours of 43 Commando). 
The fouled anchor, incorporated into the emblem in 1747, is the badge of the Lord High Admiral and shows that the Corps is part of the Naval Service. 
Per Mare Per Terram ("By Sea, By Land"), the motto of the Royal Marines, is believed to have been used for the first time in 1775. 
The regimental quick march of the Corps is A Life on the Ocean Wave, while the slow march is Preobrajensky. 
 
Dress Pith Helmet

Dress headgear is a white Wolseley pattern pith helmet surmounted by a ball, a distinction once standard for artillerymen. This derives from the part of the Corps that was once the Royal Marines Artillery.

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The Coveted Green Beret

For those members of The Royal Marines that have completed and passed the Commando Course at the CTCRM at Lympstone their everyday headgear is the Coveted Green Beret.

The Royal Marines are one of six regiments allowed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London to march through the City as a regiment in full array. 
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Royal Marines Rigid Raider 
A Royal Marine in a Rigid Raider assault watercraft. 
 
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Corporal Alex Guy killed in Afghanistan
16 Jun 2012 at 5:18pm
It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Al...

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A Royal Marine goes to heaven..as usual.
Drummond Mackinnon from USA
With regret I announce the passing of my Dad,Capt.Daniel T.T Mackinnon 48 Royal Marine Commando 1940 to 1946.He & many others like him secured our freedoms by their duty,honor & sacrifice.And we are so blessed to have those same type of men & women doing likewise today.Love you Dad.

601 Flotilla
Steve Knight from Linford, Essex
I have a picture of my Uncle Edward Albert Knight who is named on this site and was part of the 601 Flotilla and was killed on the 21st July 1944. Can you advise if you would be interested in a copy of it for your site and how I send it to you. I also have some other pictures of the unveiling of the memorial bench at Itchenor.

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Many thanks Steve for the additional information and photos. We have now updated your uncle's entry in our Roll of Honour.

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tony rodaway from blackpool
this is a great site, you have
i will post a link on my family web site , http://tonyrod.webs.com/ my uncle served on the hms prins albert ww2 i have most of her ww2 history and her involvement with the royal marine commandos , if anyone would like to add any info just forward it to me and i will be happy to post on my site,
be lucky.
tonyrod. Blackpool

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dave addison from NZ
Great site\' not of the BS that seems to go with other bootneck sites.
aye

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Apology
Due to unforseen personal circumstances it is with regret that I have to inform everybody that this website will close down in the near future around 14/7/2012

I would very much like to encourage either a competent Serving or Veteran Royal Marine to carry on this website if there is anybody that feels they would be able to take this task on. There are various costs and conditions involved to run the site which would be explained.

Anybody interested in taking over this website please contact me at

with your details.