Royal Marines filling water bottles at Ostend, Belgium 1914 © IWM (Q 53230)

64,000 Royal Marine records added to IWM's digital memorial site

Posted on centenarynews.com on 08 February 2015
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The Imperial War Museum has added the records of more than 64,000 Royal Marines to Lives of the First World War, its digital memorial to those caught up in the conflict.

Users of the IWM website will be able to discover the life stories of marines who were on active service between 1899 and 1919.

The Royal Marines are part of Britain's Royal Navy. During the First World War, they served on the Western Front and also took part in the Gallipoli landings in 1915.

Among those whose records can now be fully explored is Bert James Fielder, who joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1897.

He took part in the defence of Antwerp in 1914, served at Gallipoli the following year, and died of his injuries on the Somme in October 1916.

Through Lives of the First World War, IWM aims to share more than eight million life stories, saving them as a memorial for future generations to discover.

Source: Imperial War Museum

Images: © IWM Q 53230

Posted by: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News