An original 1939 Royal Marines Senior Non-Commissioned Officers full dress tunic. The tunic has King's crown Royal Marine gilt buttons, bullion embroidered Globe and Laurel collar badges, gold lace edging to the cuffs, bullion cord shoulder straps.Stamped to the interior "Inspected 8.3.39". Sewn onto the interior of the collar is a paper label giving sizes and named to "Sgt Parsons HMS Exeter". Appears on the crew list for HMS Exeter during the Battle of the River Plate when the Light Cruisers HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles and the Heavy Cruiser HMS Exeter fought the German "Pocket Battleship" the Graf Spee. The tunic is in excellent condition throughout, save for some very small mothing holes at the hem. The lining is in excellent condition.
The photos are not included with the tunic, but are here for historical context. During the Battle of the River Plate, 15 Marines lost their lives, mostly manning turrets.
HMS Exeter 10 Marines killed, HMS Ajax 5 Marines killed. She was being hunted by several British hunting groups and was found by the three British cruisers on 13 December 1939, and then began the Battle of the River Plate. The main armament of the Exeter was six 8-inch guns, and that of the Ajax and Achilles was eight 6-inch guns.
The Graf Spee had six 11-inch guns and eight 6-inch guns. We have hundreds of badges that are not yet listed on our site. If you are looking for a particular badge, write us a question and if we have what you want, we will list the badge that you are interested in if we have it and send you a reply. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Other Militaria". The seller is "80wolfhall5" and is located in this country: US.
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