October 20th, 2014

350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines celebrated by Ascension Island Post

According to info got by FindYourStampsValue.com the Ascension Island Post is to issue the next series of stamps dedicated to the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines. The stamp release consists of six items that are to be introduced on the 28th of October.

A garrison of Royal Marines was based at Ascension from 1823. This set of postage stamps illustrates the various uniforms worn by the Royal Marines over the years against relevant backgrounds:-

The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot (20p). The earliest precursors of the Royal Marines are shown aboard a Man-of-War.

19th Century Royal Marines Light Infantry – Ascension Island (50p). The old Royal Marines Barracks in Georgetown, now the Exiles Building, can be seen in the background.

1915, Royal Marines Light Infantry – Gallipoli (55p). Five Royal Marines earned the Victoria Cross in the First World War, one being at Gallipoli.

1970's Royal Marines Commando – Eastney (60p). Built in the 1860's Eastney became the HQ for all Royal Marines Hampshire establishments in 1947 and finally Headquarters for training, reserve and Special Forces until its closure in 1991.

1996, Royal Marines Band Service Bugler – Deal (65p). The Royal Marines Band Service play for ceremonial and state occasions, major concerts and other events. The bands are the public face of the Royal Marines in their distinctive white helmets and blue uniforms. The Bugler is shown in front of the Barracks at Deal, home of the Royal Marines School of Music from 1930 – 1996, where the students, mostly school leavers joining at 16, were trained to be musicians and battlefield medics. Tragically in 1989 the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal became a target for the Provisional IRA. Each year the Royal Marines Band from Portsmouth visit the memorial bandstand in Deal to pay their respects to those who died in the bombing.

2014, Royal Marines Commando (£1). Internationally renowned, the Royal Marines are the UK's Commando force and the Royal Navy's amphibious troops. They are held at a very high readiness to respond to events around the globe.

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