Mystery pictures of Royal Marines in Portsmouth, can you help? | Nostalgia
If anyone can date the picture or tell me the occasion I should be grateful. It may be a parade before the men went off to war, or one held on their return.
I do know that on January 25, 1927, Portsmouth gave a send-off to 1,000 marines selected for service in China. They embarked the troopship Minnesota which sailed the next day. Contingents of the Royal Army Service Corps also left Hilsea Barracks for the same destination.
The second picture is a painting captioned ‘Royal Marine Barracks, Portsmouth’. Geoffrey says it looks older than 1864 but can't be. Where this painting came from I do not know, not even the artist's name.
Corporation records for 1927 report: ‘After being stationed at Gosport for 77 years the Royal Marine Light Infantry returned to Portsmouth on August 1 and amalgamated with the Royal Marine Artillery at Eastney, the united corps being called Royal Marines.’