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Aman, Dudley Leigh, first Baron Marley (1884–1952), marine officer and politician, was born on 16 May 1884 at Helsby, Cheshire, the son of Edward Godfrey Aman (1853–1939), the manager of a salt works, and his wife, Annie Florence Pitcairn (d. 1939), daughter of ...

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Aston, Sir George Grey (1861–1938), Royal Marine officer and writer, was born in Cape Colony on 2 December 1861, the youngest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Aston, Indian army (retired), and his wife, Katherine, daughter of the Revd Abraham Faure, of the Cape of Good Hope...

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H. M. Stephens

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Barclay, John (1741–1823), marine officer, entered the corps in March 1755 as second lieutenant, and became first lieutenant in July 1756. He served throughout the Seven Years' War (1756–63), in the Mediterranean, at Belle Île (off the Britanny coast) in 1761, and on the coast of ...

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Burn, Andrew (1742–1814), marine officer and religious writer, was born in Dundee on 8 September 1742, the son of George John Burn and Christian Donie. When business failure induced his father to become a naval purser the sixteen-year-old Andrew accompanied him as an assistant clerk on active service in the ...

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H. M. Stephens

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Ellis, Sir Samuel Burdon (1787–1865), Royal Marines officer, was the son of Captain Charles Ellis RN. His father intended him for the legal profession, and on leaving school he was articled to a Yarmouth lawyer. Disliking this, he left after about one year, and entered the ...

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Festing, Sir Francis Worgan (1833–1886), Royal Marines officer, second son of Captain Benjamin Morton Festing RN, and Caroline Jane, only daughter of F. B. Wright of Hinton Blewett, Somerset, was born at High Littleton, Somerset, on 24 July 1833. He was educated at the ...

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H. M. Chichester

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Graham, Sir Fortescue (1794–1880), Royal Marines officer, was born at Tintinhall near Yeovil, the son of Colonel Richard Graham, Royal Marines (a descendant of the Grahams of Platten, co. Meath), and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Captain Philip Walsh RN. He was educated at ...

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Halliday, Sir Lewis Stratford Tollemache (1870–1966), marine officer, was born on 14 May 1870 at Mechstead, Northampton, the son of Stratford Charles Halliday, a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, Annie Louisa Robinson. He was commissioned in the Royal Marine light infantry (RMLI)...

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Herbert George Hasler (1914–1987) by Eileen Ramsay, c.1960 © Eileen Ramsay / PPL

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Hasler, Herbert George (1914–1987), inventor of sailing equipment and Royal Marines officer, was born in Dublin on 27 February 1914, the younger child and younger son of Lieutenant Arthur Thomas Hasler, quartermaster, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, Annie Georgina Andrews...

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Ian Jacob

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Hollis, Sir Leslie Chasemore [Jo] (1897–1963), marine officer, was born at Walcot, Bath, on 9 February 1897, the son of Charles Joseph Hollis (1866–1941), curate of Bath Abbey church (1894–1900), vicar of Holy Trinity, Worthing (1900–41), and rural dean of Worthing (1925–41), and his wife, ...

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Sir Leslie Chasemore Hollis (1897–1963) by Bassano, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jerram, Charles Frederic (1882–1969), Royal Marines officer, was born on 13 November 1882 at Frith Hill Cottage, Godalming, Surrey, the son of Charles Samuel Jerram, schoolmaster, and his wife, Maria Florence Knight. He was educated at a number of schools including Clifton House, Eastbourne...

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Lumsden, Frederick William (1871–1918), Royal Marines officer, was born on 14 December 1871, at Benaris, Bengal, India, the son of J. J. F. Lumsden of the Bengal civil service. He was commissioned in the Royal Marine Artillery in 1890. As an officer he acquired appropriate qualifications expected of him, in gunnery, torpedo, musketry, signalling, equitation, and military law. These he gained at the ...

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Moulton, James Louis (1906–1993), marine officer and military historian, was born on 3 June 1906 at The Terrace, His Majesty's Dockyard, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, the son of John Davis Moulton (d. 1921), staff captain in the Royal Navy (also JP for Kingston, Jamaica...

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Oldfield, Thomas (1756–1799), marine officer, was born at Stone, Staffordshire, on 21 June 1756, the third son of Humphrey Oldfield (d. c.1775), also an officer in the Royal Marines; his mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Major-General Nicholls, of the East India Company...

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Pitcairn, John (bap. 1722, d. 1775), marine officer, was born in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, the son of the Revd David Pitcairn (1673–1757), Presbyterian minister at Dysart, and Catherine Hamilton, daughter of William Hamilton of Wishaw; he was the younger brother of William Pitcairn...

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J. K. Laughton

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Savage, Sir John Boscawen (1760–1843), marine officer, of a family long settled at Ardkeen, co. Down, son of Marmaduke Coghill Savage, and grandson of Philip Savage of Rock Savage, Ballygalget, was born at Hereford on 23 February 1760. On 5 December 1762 he was gazetted to an ensigncy in the ...

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Tench, Watkin (bap. 1758, d. 1833), marine officer and author, was baptized on 10 November 1758 in the parish of St Mary on the Hill, Chester, probably the fifth of five children of Fisher Tench (d. 1784?) who 'between the years 1760 and 1770 … kept an academy for dancing, and a most respectable boarding-school...