Royal Marines Police archive?

#1
Hi all,

New to this list.

I am researching the life of my great grand father, Charles Hooper. He enlisted in the Royal Marines as a Greenwich schoolboy in 1898, and served until 1923, mainly posted in the Meditarranean Fleet, in Malta. After that, he joined the Royal Marines Police for a period of time - where I think he may have been based in Scotland for a short while - perhaps Abercrombie? He later went on to have a desk-job. His last job, in semi-retirement, was as a doorman/commissionaire at the Foreign Office.

Thus far I am unable to trace his service record in the RM Police - and it would be great to know a little about where he was stationed, and what his role might have been.

Does anyone have any ideas how I might approach this?

Cheers,
Rob.
 
#3
Yes - I have his RM service records - though this does not include any information about his time in the RM Police. I presumed that this is a different set of records?
 

sgtpepperband

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#4
Welcome to RR also.

the RMs Police tended to operate with Army units, and still do (more than RN ones to be honest) so here is a list of RMP-related websites here which may help:

http://www.redcap70.net/LINKS-RMP.html

Try also the RMP Museum at Southwick Park, Hampshire (the old HMS Dryad) which holds historical records:

http://www.armymuseums.org.uk/museums/0000000109-Royal-Military-Police-Museum.htm

Or perhaps contact our own Regulating/RN Police (website currently being updated, but a link is here):

http://www.rba93.com/museum.html

Good luck! :thumbleft:
 

FlagWagger

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#5
sartana said:
I am researching the life of my great grand father, Charles Hooper. He enlisted in the Royal Marines as a Greenwich schoolboy in 1898
I'm guessing that your reference to Greenwich is the Greenwich Hospital School - is this also a topic of research for you?

The school still exists but with a couple of major differences;
- pupils are no longer required to join the RN/RM on leaving;
- since 1933 its been at Holbrook near Ipswich rather than Greenwich and as a consequence is now called the Royal Hospital School rather than Greenwich Hospital School.

Here are a couple of wikipedia articles on the current and prior incarnations of this organisation, as well as the web-site of Greenwich Hospital, the charity under which it all operates.
 

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