A COMPREHENSIVE account of the development of the Royal Marines was given to members and their partners at the club’s “fifth Tuesday” meeting held at Henley Golf Club last week.
The speaker was John Allistone, who served in the Marines for 30 years before becoming heavily involved in the Royal Marines Historical Society.
The 350th anniversary of the formation of the predecessor to the Marines occurs this year, having come about in 1664 when 400 land soldiers were sent to sea to help fight the Dutch. This was known as the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot.
Mr Allistone explained that in its early days, when it became known as the Lord Admiral’s Regiment, it was temporarily disbanded after the Glorious Revolution in 1688.
However, there were subsequently several raisings of “sea soldier” regiments through the early 18th century.