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RMLI on ship

Dan Morton

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Attached is a picture of Royal Marines on a ship. This is taken from Ray Westlake's book, The British Army of August 1914. I've seen a number of photos of RM on the web and in books, but never with cap covers (?) which appear to be white (?). Except for this picture, the caps have all appeared solid dark in bxw period photos. I thought at first the whiteness might be bright sun glare, but if that were the cause, surely more of the caps, faces and uniforms would be lightened in the same manner.

So - were these cap covers worn aboard ship and was that a common practice?

All the best,



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To keep their bonces cool. On the same basis as the navy had white uniforms for hot weather. Must have been fun without {insert washing powder brand here}!

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