The Royal Marines Museum places a strong emphasis on personal stories and aims to enable individuals to discover more about their own family’s stories and history. The best place to start the search for a Royal Marine in your family is to find their service papers.
See the guide sheet below on how you can locate these documents. Once you’ve obtained these papers, make sure to have a look at the other guide sheets and recommended books listed below to help you decipher these documents.
- How to find a Service Record (PDF document, 188Kb)
- Common abbreviations found in Service Records (PDF document, 373Kb)
- Deciphering a Second World War Service Record (PDF document, 287Kb)
- Tracing Records at the National Archives (PDF)
- Brief Chronology of Marines History (PDF document, 362Kb)
- Marines On board Ships (PDF, Fact Sheet 44)
- Marines Uniforms (PDF)
- RM Unit Histories 1919-1997 (PDF)
- Royal Marines and Landing Craft (PDF)
Selected Bibliography (PDF)
Some of these are available from our online shop for purchase:
- Tracing your Royal Marine Ancestors by Richard Brooks & Matthew Little (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, ISBN 978-1844158690, 2008)
- Britain's Sea Soldiers (two volumes) by Colonel Cyril Field RMLI (Lyceum Press: Liverpool 1924). These volumes cover Marines history up to 1913
- See http://naval-history.net (link opens in new window).