On This Day – 2 July – Battle of Landguard Fort (Darrel’s Day)

The Battle of Landguard Fort or the Attack on Landguard Fort was a battle towards the end of the Second Anglo-Dutch War on 2 July 1667 where a Dutch force attacked Landguard Fort near Felixstowe. It was intended to clear the way for an attack on the English Royal naval anchorage at Harwich. After repeated attempts the Dutch attack planned by Michiel de Ruyter was repelled and as a result the planned attack on Harwich was abandoned. It was one of the last battles of the war in Europe before the Treaty of Breda was signed.

Present Day

The Royal Marines Association, East Anglia Region, celebrates the anniversary of the first land battle of The Royal Marines with ‘Darrell’s Day’. The event is jointly organised by the RMA and English Heritage, Landguard Fort. Darell’s Day has been commemorated locally since July 1667, when Captain Nathaniel Darell commanding 400 English Marines at Landguard Fort, defeated a large Dutch invasion force intent on destroying the English Fleet in Harwich Harbour.  This was the first land battle of the Duke of York & Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot (now the Royal Marines) and the last opposed seaborne invasion of England.

RNA Norwich

The Norwich Branch is one of 300+ branches of the Royal Naval Association world wide. It was commissioned in 1979 and today has a membership of just over 90. It is a registered charity in its own right - the Registered Charity Number is: 1068699

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