A Soldier Gone to Sea: Memoir of a Royal Marine in Both World Wars

A Soldier Gone to Sea: Memoir of a Royal Marine in Both World Wars

by Charles Frederic Jerram, Donald F. Bittner


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In this memoir spanning nine decades, Lieutenant Colonel C.F. Jerram (1882–1969) of the Royal Marines recounts his life and military service through both world wars. Jerram describes in candid detail his late 19th-century childhood in Devon and Cornwall, the late Victorian and Edwardian Royal Navy, the Royal Navy’s Far East Station, a traditional Corps of Marines, the Gallipoli Campaign, the World War I Western Front and the interwar and World War II years. His experience and insight convey two fundamental lessons: “Know thy profession and look after those for whom you are responsible.” An essay by the editor, based on other sources, provides a broader perspective on Jerram, whose approach to professional military service is still pertinent today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786446186
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/20/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Donald F. Bittner is a professor emeritus of military history at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, and the Secretary-General of the United States Commission on Military History. He has served with the U.S. Marine Corps since 1961 in uniform and as a civilian, retiring from active duty in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel in 1989. He lives in Stafford, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (Donald F. Bittner) ix

A Note on Illustrations (Donald F. Bittner) xi

Preface by Donald F. Bittner 1

1. Prologue—Early Life 9

Early Days 9

We Move to Cornwall 11

A Brief Description of Talland 12

The Road to Looe 13

“Doddites” (Hillside) 14

Excursions and Discoveries 16

2. Joining the Royal Marines, 1901–04 20

3. The Mediterranean Fleet, 1904–06 33

4. China Station, 1907–10 43

To China, 1907 43

Shanghai, 1907–10 54

5. Marking Time, 1910–14 68

6. War at Sea, 1914 78

7. Gallipoli, 1915 87

8. The Western Front, I—1915–18 97

With the Marines in France, 1915–16 97

With the Army: The 31st Division, 1917 100

With the Army: XIII Corps, 1917–18 104

9. The Western Front, II—1918 109

With the 46th (North Midland) Division 109

Open Warfare, 1918 119

10. Between the Wars, 1919–40 125

Staff College, Camberley 125

Back to the Sea 130

Between the Wars, 1922–40 137

Pensioned Off 142

11. Epilogue—World War II and Beyond, 1940–69 144

Back to the Regiment: World War II 144

The End 149


I. Lieutenant Colonel Jerram: An Historian’s Assessment of an Officer and His Career (Donald F. Bittner) 153

II. Career Chronology 170

III. Service Career of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Frederic Jerram, CMG, DSO, RM, as Drafted by Him 174

IV. War and Other Services of My Family 176

V. [World] War [II] Services of My Wife’s and My Own Family 177

VI. Abbreviations 178

VII. Royal Marine Light Infantry Batch, 1 September 1901 180

VIII. Status of Divisions on the Western Front, 11 November 1918 182

IX. King George V Prize Recipients, 1914 to 1923 183

X. British Armoured Divisions of World War II 184

Notes 187

Essay on Sources 213

Index 219

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