OARSOME! The rowing queen in line to be first female Royal Marine
. . . inspired by cross-dressing heroine who conned her way into the Army AND Marines
By Mark Nicol DEFENCE EDITOR
DRESSED i n her Royal Marines uniform, this is the 18th Century soldier who inspired Philippa Birch’s bid to earn a coveted green beret.
Hannah Snell (1723-1792) joined the Army in 1745, using the name ‘James Gray’.
She deserted the following year...
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