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pushing tin21 Jan 2020 3:00 a.m. PST

Just wondering what colour facings the RM would had had in the Crimea, would it be blue?

I also assume they wouldn't have carried colours?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2020 5:36 a.m. PST

Pretty sure they had dark blue facings

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2020 7:58 a.m. PST


in crimea.. blue pants


pushing tin21 Jan 2020 1:31 p.m. PST

That's very useful thanks, but did they actually carry the colours in the Crimea? I assumed the Marine battalions were made of detachments from the fleet so wouldn't have carried colours?

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2020 3:21 p.m. PST

i doubt they carried the colours in the field

pushing tin22 Jan 2020 1:41 a.m. PST

ok thanks :)

22ndFoot22 Jan 2020 9:49 a.m. PST

You may find this interesting:


The correct form for the RM at the time was Royal marines Light Infantry and they appear to have acted in the role. This, along witht the fact – already mentioned and detailed on the link – they were drawn as detachments from ships of the Fleet, would tend to indicate that Colours were not carried.

Comicbook Hero23 Jan 2020 11:00 a.m. PST

I seem to recall that each of the ‘Divisions' of the RMLI, Portsmouth, Chatham and Plymouth (basically each of the home deports) sent a battalion each to the Crimea to supplement the marines of the fleet in the Naval Brigade. This was standard practice at the time.

It was usual for each of these Battalions to carry the ‘Division' colours in battle.

The Royal Marine Artillery didn't have colours as.

Unfortunately my books are in storage at the moment so I can't confirm this.


Come In Nighthawk09 Oct 2021 5:55 a.m. PST

Does the fact -- seemingly if Wikipedia is to be trusted -- that a colour of the Royal Marines was found washed up on the beach by the Russians after the Siege of Petropavlovsk (1-4 Sept. 1854) have some bearing on the question?


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