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Is this a Marine unform?

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Re: Is this a Marine unform?

Posted: 5 Nov 2012 4:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you. I believe this picture might be a photo of James HAMBLY (on L/S of photo)and his 'best man'.

He has been difficult to track down, but I found him in the following census:

1871 Census
Vessel: Bristol, Of Anchor in Funchal Bay,Island of Madeira
Hambly, James, Private, M, age 26, occupation, RMLI, Pinhoe Devon.

1881 British Census
Institution: "Cavalry Barracks" Walmer Kent Census Place: Walmer, Kent, England

James Hambly, age 35 years, born Exeter, Devon, England.
Occupation: Private RMLI (he is with his family).

In the Description Book(ADM 158):
He was 'discharged dead' 1st Sep 1884 bound for Egypt. He was on board HMS HUMBER suffering from Enteric fever. On his death certificate 'Last place of Abode is given as Suakin'.

Entry in ship's log (ADM 53 / 12111- Public Record Office, Kew):

2.30pm Departed this life James Hambly, Acting Armourer Sergeant RMLI.

5.30pm Committed to the deep the body of James Hambly.

In the records for Marine Deaths - HAMBLY is spelt HAMBLEY.

Under the 'Old Establishment' he was a Recruit.

Under the 'New Establishment' he is given a number /39 (was this the Marine Company he was assigned?)

Date of Attestation was: 28 /29 January 1864

Age: 18 1/2
Height: 5 feet 6 3/4 inches
Born: Pinhoe, Exeter, Devon.

Colour of Hair: Dark Brown
Colour of Eyes: Dark Grey
Complexion: Fresh

By Whom Enlisted: Sgt Major Jones
Where Enlisted: Headquarters
Trade: Labourer
Religion: Weslyan

As he signed up in 1864.. the uniform would be in keeping with your date of the 1860's.

Am I correct in thinking that a 'Sea going Marine' wore a different colour uniform to an 'Army Marine'.

Thanks for your help.
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