The King's Royal Rifle Corps [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 20.05.2003
The King's Royal Rifle Corps
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
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1755.12.25 62nd (Royal American) Regiment of Foot
raised in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland
1757.12.27 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot
1797 5th Bn formed as first rifle corps in British Army
1819 5th Bn disbanded and regiment became a rifle corps
1824.06.19 60th (The Duke of York's Own Rifle Corps and Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
1824.07.15 60th (The Duke of York's Own Rifle Corps) Regiment of Foot
1830.11.19 60th (The King's Royal Rifle Corps) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The King's Royal Rifle Corps
1921.01.01 The King's Royal Rifles
1921.02.10 The King's Royal Rifle Corps
1958.11.07 2nd Green Jackets, The King's Royal Rifle Corps
1966.01.01 united with 1st Green Jackets, 43rd and 52nd, and 3rd Green Jackets, The Rifle Brigade, to form 2nd Bn, The Royal Green Jackets
The King's Royal Rifle Corps (RGJ regimental site)
The King's Royal Rifle Corps
The Royal Americans 60th of Foot [Seven Years War], by Clyde R. Jasper (Digital History Ltd.) [Internet archive]
Raising of the 7th Battalion of the 60th Regiment for North America [War of 1812], by Keith Raynor (Discriminating General)
The King's Royal Rifle Corps ... movements ... during the Great War, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The King's Royal Rifle Corps [in the Great War], by C. F. Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
    1st Battalion [1755-1819]
    1st Battalion [1819-1966]
    2nd Battalion [1755-1819]
    2nd Battalion [1819-1948, 1950-1957]
    3rd Battalion [1755-1764, 1775-1783, 1787-1819]
    3rd Battalion [1855-1922]
    4th Battalion [1755-1763, 1775-1783, 1787-1819, 1857-1923]
    5th (Rifle) Battalion [1798-1819]
    6th (Rifle) Battalion [1799-1818]
    7th Battalion [1813-1817]
    8th Battalion [1814-1816]
  Huntingdonshire Rifles Regiment of Militia
  Royal Flint Rifles Regiment of Militia
  Edmonton Royal Rifles or 2nd Regiment of Middlesex Militia
  Carlow Rifles Regiment of Militia
North Cork Rifles Regiment of Militia, by Michael Crogan.
Territorials and Volunteers:
  [1st VB] 2nd Middlesex (South Middlesex) Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1892]
  [2nd VB] 4th Middlesex (West London) Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1891]
  [3rd VB] 5th Middlesex (West Middlesex) Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1892]
  [4th VB] 1st Middlesex (Victoria) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1892]
  [5th VB] The Prince of Wales's Own 12th Middlesex (Civil Service) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
  [6th VB] 13th Middlesex (Queen's) Volunteer Rifles Corps (Westminster)
  [7th VB] 21st Middlesex (Finsbury) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
  [8th VB] 22nd Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps (Central London Rangers) [1881-1908]
  [9th VB] 1st London Volunteer Rifle Corps (City of London Volunteer Rifle Brigade) [1881-1908]
  [10th VB] 2nd London Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
  [11th VB] 3rd London Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
  [1st VB] 1st Middlesex (Victoria and St. George's) Volunteer Rifle Corps
  [2nd VB] 2nd Middlesex (South Middlesex) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1908]
  [3rd VB] 4th Middlesex (Kensington) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1908]
  [4th VB] 5th Middlesex (West Middlesex) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1908]
  6th City of London Regiment (City of London Rifles) [1916-1935]
  9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) [1916-1937]
  12th London Regiment (The Rangers) [1916-1937]
11th London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles) [1916-1935]
15th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own, Civil Service Rifles) [1916-1921]
16th County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) [1916-1921]
16th London Regiment (Queen's Westminsters and Civil Service Rifles) [1922-1938]
Queen Victoria's Rifles [1937-1941]
The Rangers [1937-1941]
The Queen's Westminsters [1938-1941]
7th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles) [1941-1961]
  9th Battalion, The KRRC (The Rangers) [1941-1947]
11th Battalion (Queen's Westminsters) [1941-1961]
Queen's Royal Rifles [1961-1967]
Louisburg, Quebec 1759, Martinique 1762, Havannah, North America 1763-64, Rolica, Vimiera, Martinique 1809, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentes d'Onor, Albuhera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Mooltan, Goojerat, Punjaub, South Africa 1851-53, Delhi 1857, Taku Forts, Pekin 1860, South Africa 1879, Ahmad Khel, Kandahar 1880, Afghanistan 1878-80, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882 '84, Chitral, Defence of Ladysmith, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (26 battalions):  Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17 '18, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Givenchy 1914, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Hooge 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Messines 1917 '18, Pilckem, Menin road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Rosières, Avre, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Béthune, Bapaume 1918, Drocourt Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Macedonia 1916-18

The Second World War:  Calais 1940, Mont Pincon, Falaise, Roer, Rhineland, Cleve, Goch, Hochwald, Rhine, Dreirwalde, Aller, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Egyptian Frontier 1940, Sidi Barrani, Derna Aerodrome, Tobruk 1941, Sidi Rezegh 1941, Gazala, Bir Hacheim, Knightsbridge, Defence of Alamein Line, Ruweisat, Fuka Airfield, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, Capture of Halfaya Pass, Nofilia, Tebaga Gap, Argoub el Megas, Tunis, North Africa 1940-43, Sangro, Arezzo, Coriano, Lamone Crossing, Argenta Gap, Italy 1943-45, Veve, Greece 1941 '44-45, Crete, Middle East 1941

see also:  6th City of London Regiment, Queen Victoria's Rifles, 11th London Regiment, The Rangers, 15th London Battalion,The Queen's Westminsters

Uniform: rifle green; facings: scarlet
1755.12.25 Gen. John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudon
[also 3Gds, 30Ft, 64Ft]
1757.12.27 Gen. James Abercromby
1758.09.20 F.M. Sir Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Lord Amherst, KB
1768.09.21 Gen. Hon. Thomas Gage
1768.11.07 F.M. Sir Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Lord Amherst, KB [reappointed]
1797.08.19 F.M. HRH Frederick Augustus, Duke of York & Albany, KG, GCB, GCH
1827.01.22 F.M. HRH Adolphus Frederick, 1st Duke of Cambridge, KG, GCB, GCMG, GCH
1850.08.15 F.M. HRH Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Coburg (The Prince Consort), KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCMG, KSI
1852.09.23 Gen. Sir William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, GCB, GCH
1854.01.28 F.M. Sir Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough, KP, GCB, GCSI
1869.03.03 F.M. HRH George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO
1904.05.01 F.M. HM King George V
1936.12.10 F.M. HM King George VI
1953.06.02 HM Queen Elizabeth II
Colonel (later Colonel Commandant), 1st Battalion
1756.01.01 Lt-Gen. John Stanwix
1761.10.28 Lt-Gen. Jacques Prevost
1776.01.11 Lt-Gen. Sir Frederick Haldiman, KB
1791.01.11 F.M. Sir Alured Clarke, GCB
1794.08.06 Gen. Thomas Carleton
1799.02.12 Lt-Gen. William Gardiner
1806.04.24 Gen. Sir William Keppel, GCB
1811.02.07 Lt-Gen. Arthur Whetham
1813.05.20 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Clinton, GCB, GCH [junior]
1815.08.09 Lt-Gen. Sir Wroth Palmer Acland, KCB
1816.01.03 Gen. Napier Christie Burton
1835.01.07 Lt-Gen. Sir John Maclean, KCB
1842.11.02 Gen. Sir William Gabriel Davy, CB, KCH
1855.02.09 Lt-Gen. Thomas Bunbury
1857.04.14 Maj-Gen. Joseph Paterson
1863.04.01 Gen. Henry Dundas, 3rd Viscount Melville, GCB
1876.02.02 Gen. Sir Arthur Augustus Thurlow Cunynghame, GCB
1884.04.02 Gen. Randal Rumley
1884.09.14 Gen. Edward Arthur Somerset, CB
1886.03.13 Gen. Hon. Sir Arthur Edwrd Hardinge, KCB, CIE
1890.02.26 Lt-Gen. Robert Beaufort Hawley
1895.07.13 Gen. Sir Redvers Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG
1908.06.03 F.M. Sir Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Lord Grenfell, GCB, GCMG
1925.01.28 Gen. Sir Thomas Lethbridge Napier Morland, KCB, KCMG, DSO
1925.05.22 Lt-Gen. Sir Alan Richard Montagu-Stuart-Wortley, KCB, KCMG, DSO
1938.01.20 Maj-Gen. Sir Hereward Wake, Bt, CB, CMG, DSO
1946.02.11 Maj-Gen. Henry Osborne Curtis, CB, DSO, MC
1954.06.30 Lt-Gen. Sir Euan Alfred Bews Miller, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC
Colonel Commandant, 2nd Green Jackets
1958 Gen. Sir George Watkin Eben James Erskine, GCB, KBE, DSO
Colonel (later Colonel Commandant), 2nd Battalion
1756.01.02 Gen. Joseph Dusseaux
1757.12.20 Lt-Gen. Hon. Robert Monckton
1759.10.24 Gen. Hon. James Murray
1767.12.16 Gen. Bigoe Armstrong
1772.10.20 Lt-Gen. Sir Frederick Haldiman, KB
1776.01.11 Lt-Gen. James Robertson
1778.05.14 Maj-Gen. Gabriel Christie
1779.09.18 Maj-Gen. Augustine Prevost
1786.05.10 Maj-Gen. Gabriel Christie [reappointed]
1794.08.06 Gen. Thomas Carleton
1807.08.25 Gen. Edmund Phipps
1837.09.26 Gen. Hon. Sir Patrick Stuart, GCMG
1843.04.07 Gen. Sir William Cornwallis Eustace, CB, KCH
1856.01.26 Lt-Gen. Sir William George Moore, KCB, KH
1862.10.24 Gen. George Frederick Upton, 3rd Viscount Templedown, GCB
1876.10.11 Gen. Freeman Murray
1895.07.13 Gen. Sir Redvers Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG
1898.08.07 F.M. Sir Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Lord Grenfell, GCB, GCMG
1908.06.03 Lt-Gen. Sir Edward Thomas Henry Hutton, KCB, KCMG
1918.03.03 Lt-Gen. Sir William Pitcairn Campbell, KCB
1932.09.23 Maj-Gen. Sir Steuart Welwood Hare, KCMG, CB
1937.09.09 Maj-Gen. Sir John Humphrey Davidson, KCMG, CB, DSO
1946.02.11 Gen. Sir Evelyn Hugh Barker, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC
1956.02.10 Gen. Sir George Watkin Eben James Erskine, GCB, KBE, DSO
Colonel (later Colonel Commandant), 3rd Battalion
1756.01.03 Maj-Gen. Charles Jeffereys
1757.02.25 Brig-Gen. George Augustus Howe, 3rd Viscount Howe
1757.09.28 Maj-Gen. Charles Lawrence
1760.12.09 Gen. William Haviland
1763-1775 [vacant]
1775.09.17 Lt-Gen. William Taylor
1776.01.16 Gen. Sir John Dalling, Bt
1783-1787 [vacant]
1787.10.03 Gen. William Rowley
1807.08.25 Gen. Hon. Edmund Phipps
1819-1903 [vacant]
1903.07.29 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Francis Williams, KCB
1907.05.02 Maj-Gen. Sir Cromer Ashburnham, KB
1917.02.26 Maj-Gen. Richard Steele Rupert Fetherstonhaugh, CB
Colonel (later Colonel Commandant), 4th Battalion
1756.01.02 Lt-Gen. Jacques Prevost
1761.11.11 Maj-Gen. Marcus Smith
1763-1775 [vacant]
1775.09.18 Maj-Gen. Augustine Prevost
1783-1787 [vacant]
1787.10.03 Gen. Hon. William Gordon
1788.10.20 Gen. James Rooke
1796.08.02 Lt-Gen. Peter Hunter
1804.06.15 Gen. Lord Charles Fitzroy
1805.01.01 Gen. Edward Morrison
1813.02.15 Gen. Hon. Charles Hope
1819-1903 [vacant]
1903.07.29 Lt-Gen. Rowley Willes Hinxman
1906.07.05 Maj-Gen. Sir Wykeham Leigh Pemberton, KCB
1918.03.03 Lt-Gen. Sir William Pitcairn Campbell, KCB
Colonel, 5th Battalion
1797.12.30 Gen. William Morshead
1800.05.09 Gen. Thomas Slaughter Stanwix
1806.09.08 Lt-Gen. Sir George Prevost, Bt
1813.01.02 Lt-Gen. John Robinson
Colonel, 6th Battalion
1799.07.25 Gen. Sir Robert Brownrigg, GCB
1805.10.03 Gen. John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun, GCB
1806.01.03 Gen. Napier Christie Burton
Colonel, 7th Battalion
1813.08.09 Gen. Sir George Murray, GCB, GCH
Colonel, 8th Battalion
1813.11.04 Gen. Sir James Kempt, GCB, GCH
Victoria Crosses [60th Rifles], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses [KRRC], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Royal Green Jackets Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: Celer et audax
  • Band History, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
  • Bandmasters, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

The Regina Rifle Regiment

The King's Own Rifles of Canada
The Halifax Rifles
The Royal Rifles of Canada
The Dufferin Rifles of Canada
The Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles of Canada 1936-1946?
The Brockville Rifles
The Victoria Rifles of Canada
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
56th Field Regiment (Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles), RCA 1946?-
  The Saskatchewan Dragoons 1946-1966
The Sydney University Regiment
The Kaffrarian Rifles
The Royal Rhodesia Regiment
Fiji Infantry Regiment
The Kenya Regiment
1st Battalion, Ghana Regiment of Infantry  
Affiliated Gurkha Regiment:
2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles)
The Fort Michilimackinac Garrison of The 1st Battalion of The Royal American Regiment of Foot [Seven Years War; Michigan], by Dennis G. Lennox II.
Gordon's Company 60th Royal American Regt. [Seven Years War; Ohio], by Edward Winslow.
5th Battalion, 60th Royal Americans (Rifles) [Napoleonic Association]
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester (Army listing)
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester (Simonides listing)
De Kings Royal Rifle Corps Memorial, Bellewaerde
The Royal Americans: bibliography, by US Army Military History Institute.
Regimental Journal:
Full Histories:
Elliot-Wright, Philipp.  Rifleman : elite soldiers of the wars against Napoleon. London :  Military Illustrated Books, 2000. ISBN 1-90304002-7
Short Histories:





First World War:


Second World War: