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Droocoo

Good evening,

 

I was wondering what the function of the Royal Marine Artillery was aboard ships in 1914 out at sea? Would gunners be expected to man emplacements aboard battleships?

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

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horatio2

In battleships men of the RMA manned one of the main turrets in action (usually 'X' or 'Q' turret) and also manned the associated ammunition room and magazine.

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Droocoo

Thank you for your response. Is there a reliable figure known for the men of the RMA who served in the war and how many were casualties?

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seaJane

I get 766 dead on CWGC with this search (Royal Marine Artillery in Regiment) but it seems a low figure to me. I may have missed some, especially if data entry was inconsistent.

 

https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?regiment=Royal%2BMarine%2BArtillery

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horatio2
Posted (edited)

CWGC lists 725 WW1 casualties for ORs with RMA register numbers (search RMA* for service number). A bit lower than sJ above but that would not include officers.

Blumberg Appendix 1 (Casualties 4/8/14 - 5/4/19) records: RMA officers - 26 died and 36 wounded; RMA ORs - 664 died and 400 wounded. TOTAL 690 dead and 436 wounded. Total are for shore and afloat.

The RM Medal Roll lists 11,246 RMA who qualified for WW1 medals.

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Droocoo

Thank you for your responses once more. Is there perhaps a particular reference book that I can read up about the RMA from? I am interested in the period 1899-1914 

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seaJane
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Cannot speak as to quality, and you would have to use a library or buy second-hand, but this does cover subject and period:-

The Royal Marine Artillery, 1804-1923 /

by Edward Fraser & L G Carr Laughton.

London, Royal United Service institution, 1930.

 

 

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Droocoo

Thank you very much 

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58 Div Mule

Also try Britains Sea Soldiers 1914-1918 by Blumberg. Reprints available. Not exclusively RMA.

 

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