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On This Day ….

Today is the anniversary of the first female Royal Marine, Hannah Snell, born today in 1723.

After brief service in the Army, she enlisted in the Marines in 1747 and became part of the Royal Navy fleet sent to fight the French.

She fought at the Battle of Pondicherry and was later wounded 11 times at the Battle of Devicottail. She only revealed her gender to her colleagues on return to Britain in 1750.

Held in high regard by her fellow Royal Marines, she was honourably discharged and (as a result of their petition) granted a pension in recognition of her service.

If you’re interested in roles today, see: and there are also opportunities across the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.