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Finding Royal Marines records

Stop Press The National Archives | DocumentsOnline 2009 has Royal Marine service records

In 1855 the whole marine corps took the name Royal Marine Light Infantry
(Red Marines). In 1859 a separate Division of Royal Marine Artillery (Blue
Marines) was formed, but in 1923 the two merged to become the single corps
of Royal Marines.

service records Records Medals and Badges at

also TNA/PRO at

has the following ADM files  (ADM means Admiralty)
  Records of Individuals
  Attestations 1790-1883 ADM157/1-139
  Description Books 1755-1884 ADM158/1-32
  General Weekly Returns 1755-1869 ADM183/42-98
  Discharge Books 1773-1884 ADM183/101-110
If you cannot get to their offices at Kew then professional researchers can
be employed - PRO did have suggestions on their pages

Royal Marines Historical Record Office
Centurion Building  HMS Sultan  Military Road Gosport PO13 9XA
Should be next of kin

Royal Marines Association, Central Office, Eastney Esplanade, Southsea, Hants PO4 9PX, Tel: 01705 731978