The Battle of Soul Bay - First use of the word 'Marine'
Unit/ Formation: Marine Regiments
Location: North Sea
Period/ Conflict: Second Anglo Dutch War
Date/s: 28 May 1672
The name Marines first appeared in official records (30th May 1672). A letter from Captain Sylas Taylor, addressed to Lord Arlington’s secretary, and referring to the Battle of Sole bay, the writer concludes by saying “Those marines of whom I have wrote to you behaved themselves stoutly”.
This is the first mention that can be traced of the word 'Marines' in connection with any armed force of the country, and the Corps, at present day cannot fail to feel proud of the fact that the first use of the name was associated with words of praise and respect for the regiments.