Charles Douglass's Regiment of Marines


 

Raised 20 November 1739 as Charles Douglass's Regiment of Marines, from 1740 Jame's Cochrane's Regiment: ranked as 48th Foot or 5th Marines by 1741 as part of the British response to the War of Jenkin's Ear, one of 6 regiments raised for the purpose.

1739   raised in England
1740   at sea (embarked at Portsmouth)
1741   St. Rupert's Bay, Dominica
1741   Jamaica
1741   Cartagena
1741   Jamaica
1741   Cuba
1741   Jamaica
1747   In  ranked as 48th Foot or 5th Marines, and transferred to Admiralty control.
Disbanded 4 November 1748.

 

Col Charles was killed in combat at Cartagena on 23rd March 1741.  He was succeeded by Col. Grant, who was killed on 9th April 1741, and then Col. Daniel who died from disease at Cartagena Harbour on 25th April the same year. Lt Col. James Cochran took command, surviving both the war and the climate. and who commanded til 1748.  Cochran had come to Cartagena with Col Douglass's marines in which the mortality among commanding officers was so high that at the end of the Cartagena campaign in April 1741, he was fourth commander to have led the regiment in five weeks. Thereafter they became known as Cockran's Marines.

 

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