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King George II - Proclamation to raise 6 Marine Regiments

Unit/ Formation: Marine Regiments

Location: Great Britain

Period/ Conflict: 1700's

Year: 1739

Date/s: 16 November 1739

King George II at the Battle of Dettingen, with the Duke of Cumberland and Robert, 4th Earl of Holderness, 27 June 1743 Oil on canvas by John Wootton (1682-1764), 1743

In his address to Parliament King George II outlined his desire to raise 6 Marine Regiments, he proclaimed:

' And in the prosecution of this war, a number of soldiers, to serve on board the Fleet, may be requisite; I have judged it proper, that a body of Marines should be raised, and have directed the Estimates for this purpose to be like-wise prepared and laid before you"

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