Corps Regimental Sergeant Major

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Corps Regimental Sergeant Major
British Corps Regimental Sergeant Major.svg
Richard Angove

since July 2020
Ministry of Defence
Reports toCommandant General Royal Marines
NominatorCommandant General Royal Marines
AppointerNavy Board
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–4 years)
Inaugural holderDavid Malcolm Stollery MBE

The Corps Regimental Sergeant Major[1] (Corps RSM) is the most senior warrant officer of the Royal Marines. Responsible for maintaining standards and discipline within the Royal Marines, they act as a parental figure to their subordinates and also to junior officers, even though the latter technically outrank the RSM.

Post creation[edit]

The post was created in 1989.[2] He is addressed as "Mr" by officers and "Sir" by all other ranks. Routinely known as "the Corps RSM"

"It has been decided to appoint a representative Regimental Sergeant Major, who will be responsible for centralised events involving Warrant Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers and upon who the Commandant General can call for advice should he so desire. The Warrant officers so appointed will be called the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major (Corps RSM)"

Royal Marine Routine Orders, Monday 20th February 1989. (signed by Maj. Gen. H. Y. La R. Beverley)

List of Royal Marines Corps Regimental Sergeant Majors[edit]

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Ref
David Malcolm Stollery MBE
Stollery, DavidDavid Malcolm Stollery MBE1 January 198922 January 19901 year[2][3]
John "Jan" Kenneth Palmer MBE
Palmer, JohnJohn "Jan" Kenneth Palmer MBE9 December 19894 April 19922 years, 3 months[3]
J. D. "Des" W. MBE MM
W, JJ. D. "Des" W. MBE MM1 April 199224 April 19942 years[3]
W. J. "Willy" S.
S, WW. J. "Willy" S.21 September 19936 March 19951 year, 5 months[3]
W. N. M. "Nev" W. MBE
W, WW. N. M. "Nev" W. MBE4 January 19954 April 19983 years, 3 months[3]
K. R.
R, KK. R.2 December 199716 November 19991 year, 11 months[3]
T, RR. T. MBE13 September 199914 October 20027 years, 1 month[3]
John Anthony "George" Forster
F, JJohn Anthony "George" Forster14 October 200228 November 20042 years, 1 month[4][5]
E. A. C. MBE
C, EE. A. C. MBE29 November 200431 January 20072 years, 2 months
B. A. "Baz" D. MBE
D, BB. A. "Baz" D. MBE1 February 200719 October 20092 years, 8 months
Marc Wicks MBE
Wicks, MarcMarc Wicks MBE20 October 200914 July 20111 year, 8 months[6]
Alistair Iain "Ally" McGill MBE QGM
McGill, AlistairAlistair Iain "Ally" McGill MBE QGM21 July 201119 November 20143 years, 3 months[7]
Philip Steven "Phil" Gilby
Gilby, PhilipPhilip Steven "Phil" Gilby19 November 2014April 20183 years, 4 months[8]
Dave Mason
Mason, DaveDave MasonApril 201831 July 20202 years, 3 months[9][10]
Richard Angove
Angove, RichardRichard AngoveJuly 2020Present8 months[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Note that in the British Armed Forces, the plural is "sergeant majors" and not "sergeants major". "No. 48587". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 April 1981. p. 5671. "No. 25044". The London Gazette. 2 December 1881. p. 6467. The earliest usage of "sergeant majors" in The Times is in 1822. The last of the (very occasional) usages of "sergeants major", except when referring to American NCOs, is in 1938.
  2. ^ a b "Appointment of Corps Regimental Sergeant Major" (PDF). Royal Marines Badge & Insignia Reference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Forster, J. A. Register of the Royal Marines Regimental Sergeant Major. Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, Portsmouth.
  4. ^ "Commander Presents Fathers RSM Cane to Corps Museum". Royal Navy. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Roll". The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Command Senior Enlisted Leader". NATO. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Trustees". Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Sword presentation to the Royal Marine Corps at Royal Marines Museum". National Museum of the Royal Navy. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  9. ^ "WO1 (CRSM) Dave Mason RM Corps Regimental Sergeant Major". The Royal Marines Charity. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. ^ @MajGenHolmes (31 July 2020). "On behalf of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, I'd like to thank WO1 (RSM) Mason profusely for his 28 years of dedicated and distinguished service. An outstanding Corps RSM, he hands the cane and the responsibility to WO1 (RSM) Angove" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ @AdmTonyRadakin (31 July 2020). "Thank you, WO1 Mason, for your magnificent service and all that you have done for @RoyalMarines and @RoyalNavy. Congratulations on an exemplary career. And welcome to WO1 Richard Angove as the new Corps RSM. Well done on your appointment, and looking forward to working with you" (Tweet) – via Twitter.