The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills, Christopher Buyers
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 14.05.2003
 
The Rifle Brigade
(Prince Consort's Own)
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
1800.01 experimental corps of about forty officers and men raised from volunteers of 2nd Bn, 1st Foot; 21st Foot, 23rd Foot, 25th Foot, 27th Foot, 29th Foot, 49th Foot, 55th Foot, 69th Foot, 71st Foot, 72nd Foot, 79th Foot, 85th Foot, and 92nd Foot
1800.08.25 The Corps of Riflemen
1802.12.25 95th Regiment of Foot
1812 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
1816.02.23 The Rifle Brigade
1862.01.17 The Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade
renamed in honour of the former Colonel-in-Chief
1881.07.01 The Prince Consort's Own (Rifle Brigade)
1921.01.01 The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
1958.11.07 3rd Green Jackets, The Rifle Brigade
1966.01.01 united with 1st Green Jackets, 43rd and 52nd, and 2nd Green Jackets, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, to form
3rd Bn, The Royal Green Jackets
 
The Rifle Brigade, (RGJ Regimental site)
The Rifle Brigade, by Kent Egerton.
The History of the 95th Rifles
Sketch of the Field Services of The Rifle Brigade from its Formation to the Battle of Waterloo, by Lt-Col. Leach, CB.
The Rifle Brigade, by Anne Woodley (Regency Collection)
Short Barrels and Long Bumpers [95th Foot in Napoleonic Wars], by Susan Law.
Riflemen of the 95th Regiment ( Rifles) at Corunna 1808-1809, by Keith Raynor (The Discriminating General)
The Rifle Brigade ... movements ... during the Great War, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Rifle Brigade [in the Great War], by C. F. Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
     
  Depot and Reserves:
    52nd Sub-District Brigade Depot at Winchester (1873); Rifle Depot at Winchester (1881); moved to Gosport (1895); moved to Winchester (1897)
    2nd Reserve Battalion [1843-1850]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1800-present]
    2nd Battalion [1805-1948]
    3rd Battalion [1809-1819, 1855-1922]
    4th Battalion [1857-1922]
     
  Militia:
The Queen's Own Regiment of Tower Hamlets Militia
The King's Own Light Infantry Regiment of Militia
The Prince of Wales's Royal Longford Regiment of Militia
Leitrim Rifles Regiment of Militia
Westmeath Rifles Regiment of Militia
Territorials and Volunteers:
[1st VB] 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1908]
[2nd VB] 14th Middlesex (Inns of Court) Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1908]
[3rd VB] 15th Middlesex (The Customs and Docks) Rifle Volunteer Corps
[1881-1908]
[4th VB] 16th Middlesex (London Irish) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
[5th VB] 18th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1892]
[6th VB] 19th Middlesex (St. Giles's and St. George's, Bloomsbury) Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1908]
[7th VB] 20th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1908]
[8th VB] 24th Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1892]
[9th VB] 1st Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1892]
[10th VB] 2nd Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Corps [1881-1892]
[4th VB] 18th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1908]
[7th VB] 24th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1908]
[8th VB] 1st Tower Hamlets Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1904]
[9th VB] 2nd Tower Hamlets Volunteer Rifle Corps [1892-1908]
5th County of London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) [1916-1937]
8th (City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) [1916-1921]
10th London Regiment (Hackney) [1916-1929]
17th London Regiment (Tower Hamlets Rifles) [1916-1937]
25th (County of London) (Cyclist) Battalion, The London Regiment [1916-1920]
28th County of London Regiment (Artists Rifles) [1929-1937]
London Rifle Brigade [1937-1941, 1947-1950]
Tower Hamlets Rifles [1937-1941]
The Artists Rifles [1937-1939]
7th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (PCO) (London Rifle Brigade) [1941-1947]
9th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (PCO) (Tower Hamlets Rifles) [1941-1944]
The Rangers [1947-1950]
London Rifle Brigade/Rangers [1950-1966]
Copenhagen1, Monte Video, Rolica, Vimiera, Corunna, Busaco, Barrosa, Fuentes d'Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees2, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Waterloo, South Africa 1846-47, South Africa 1851-53, Alma, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Lucknow, Ashantee 1873-74, Ali Masjid, Afghanistan 1878-79, Burma 1885-87, Khartoum, Defence of Ladysmith, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (21 battalions)3Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, Armentières 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres 1915 '17, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Hooge 1915, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Guillemont, Flers Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 196 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 '18, Arleux, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Rosières, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Béthune, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Canal du Nord, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Macedonia 1915-18

The Second World War:  Calais 1940, Villers Bocage, Odon, Bourgebus Ridge, Mont Pincon, Le Perier Ridge, Falaise, Antwerp, Hechtel, Nederrijn, Lower Maas, Roer, Leese, Aller, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Egyptian Frontier 1940, Beda Fomm, Mersa el brega, Agedabia, Derna Aerodrome, Tobruk 1941, Sidi Rezegh 1941, Chor es Sufan, Saunnu, Gazala, Knightsbridge, Defence of Alamein Line, Ruweisat, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, Tebaga Gap, Medjez el Bab, Kassarine, Thala, Foundouk, Fondouk Pass, El Kourzia, Djebel Kournine, Tunis, Hammam Lif, North Africa 1940-43, Cardito, Cassino II, Liri Valley, Melfa Crossing, Monte Rotondo, Capture of Perugia, Monte Malbe, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Gothic Line, Orsara, Tossigniano, Argenta Gap, Fossa Sembalina, Italy 1943-45

see also: London Rifle Brigade, 8th City of London Regiment, 10th London Regiment, Tower Hamlets Rifles, 25th London Battalion, The Artists Rifles

1.  supplemented 1951 by Naval Crown badge superscribed "2nd April 1801".
2.  awarded belatedly in 1910.
3. AO 55/1925, amended by AO 8/1927.

Note:  as a rifle regiment, the Rifle Brigade never carried Colours.
   
Badges:  
Uniform: rifle green; facings: black
   
   
     
   
1800.08.25 Maj-Gen. Coote Manningham
1809.08.31 Gen. Sir David Dundas, GCB
1820.02.19 F.M. Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH
1852.09.23 F.M. HRH Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Coburg (The Prince Consort), KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCMG, KSI
1861.12.15 F.M. Sir John Colborne, 1st Lord Seaton, GCB, GCMG, GCH
1863.04.18 Gen. Sir George Brown, GCB, KH
1865.08.28 F.M.. Sir Edward Blakeney, GCB, GCH
1868.08.03 F.M. HM King Edward VII
1880.05.29 F.M. HRH Arthur William Patrick Albert, 1st Duke of Connaught & Strathearn, KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO, GBE, VD, TD
1942.02.24 F.M. HRH Henry William Frederick Albert, 1st Duke of Gloucester, KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO
Colonel Commandant, 1st Battalion
1809.08.31 Lt-Gen. Forbes Champagne
1816.05.21 Gen. Sir Brent Spencer, GCB
1818.07.02 Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir William Stewart, GCB
1827.01.27 Gen. Sir Andrew Francis Barnard, GCB, GCH
1855.01.18 Lt-Gen. Sir Harry George Wakelyn Smith, Bt., GCB
1860.10.13 Gen. Sir Beorge Buller, GCB
1884.04.13 Gen. Sir Arthur Johnstone Lawrence, KCB
1892.01.26 Gen. Lord Alexander George Russell, GCB
1907.01.11 Maj-Gen. Sir Arthur Frederick Warren, KCB
1913.07.19 Gen. Sir Martin Andrew Dillon, GCB, CSI
1913.0819 Maj-Gen. Sir Christopher Rice Havard Nicholl, KCB
1921.06.17 Gen. Sir Walter Norris Congreve, VC, KCB, MVO
1927.03.01 Maj-Gen. Sir Victor Arthur Couper, KCB
1929.04.04 Gen. Sir Cameron Deane Shute, KCB, KCMG
1936.01.26 Gen. Sir John Theodosius Burnett-Stuart, GCB, KBE, CMG, DSO
1945.03.14 Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Ralph Eastwood, KCB, DSO, MC
 
Colonel Commandant, 2nd Battalion
1809.08.31 Gen. Sir Brent Spencer, GCB
1816.05.21 Lt-Gen. Hon. William Stewart, GCB
1818.07.02 Gen. Sir George Tomwshend Walker, Bt., GCB
1820.06.13 Lt-Gen. Sir Edward Barnes, GCB
1822.08.25 Gen. Sir Andrew Francis Barnard, GCB, GCH
1827.01.27 Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Sidney Beckwith, KCB
1831.06.18 Maj-Gen. Sir George Ridout Bingham, KCB
1833.01.07 Lt-Gen. Sir James Stevenson, Barns, KCB
1842.04.25 Lt-Gen. Sir Dugald Little Gilmour, KCB
1847.04.16 Lt-Gen. Sir Harry George Wakelyn Smith, Bt., GCB
1855.01.18 Gen. Sir George Brown, GCB, KH
1863.04.10 F.M. Sir Charles Yorke, GCB
1880.11.02 Gen. Sir Alfred Hastings Horsford, GCB
1885.09.14 Gen. Sir William Sherbrooke Ramsay Norcott, KCB
1886.01.24 Gen. Sir Alexander Macdonnell, KCB
1891.05.01 Gen. Lord Alexander George Russell, GCB
1892.01.26 Gen. Frederick Robert Elrington, CB
1903.07.29 Gen. Sir Julius Richard Glyn, KCB
1905.06.17 Gen. Sir Martin Andrew Dillon, GCB, CSI
1913.07.19 Maj-Gen. Sir Francis Howard, KCB, KCMG
1921.06.17 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Fuller Maitland Wilson, KCB, KCMG
1929.02.18 Gen. Sir Reginald Byng Stephens, KCB, CMG
1939.10.10 F.M. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, 1st Lord Wilson, GCB, GBE, DSO
 
Colonel Commandant, 3rd Battalion
1809.08.31 Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir William Stewart, GCB
1816.05.21 Gen. Sir George Townshend Walker, Bt., GCB
1818.07.02 Gen. Sir John Oswald, GCB, GCMG
1819-1903 vacant
1903.07.29 Gen. Sir John Ross, GCB
1905.01.06 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Richard Legge Newdigate, KCB
1908.01.18 Gen. Sir Godfrey Clerke, KCVO, CB
1908.11.19 Maj-Gen. Sir Leopold Victor Swaine, KCB, CMG
1920.10.05 F.M. Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, Bt., GCB, DSO
 
Colonel Commandant, 4th Battalion
1903.07.29 Gen. Frederick Robert Elrington, CB
1904.02.20 Gen. Sir Martin Andrew Dillon, GCB, CSI
1905.06.17 Gen. Sir Godfrey Clerke, KCVO, CB
1908.01.18 Lt-Gen. Sir John Plumptre Carr Glyn, KCB
1912.03.29 Gen. Hon. Sir Neville Gerald Lyttleton, GCB, GCVO
1921.06.17 Maj-Gen. Sir Victor Arthur Couper, KCB
 
Colonel Commandant, Rifle Bigade
1951.09.04 Gen. Sir Montagu George North Stopford, GCB, KBE, DSO, MC
1958.11.07 F.M. Sir Francis Wogan Festing, GCB, KBE, DSO
 
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Royal Green Jackets Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Thomas Wetton, by Bryan Wetton.
The Autobiography of Harry Smith, by Anne Woodley (Regency Collection)
 
 
 
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Musicians:
  • 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:
6th Regiment (The Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles)
-1920

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

-1966
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
-1966
The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) 1920-1966
The Melbourne University Regiment
The Royal Durban Light Infantry
-1961
The Ceylon Tea Planters' Rifle Corps
Affiliated Gurkha Regiment:
6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles
 
95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot: The Official Web Site, by Leslie Ernest Handscombe.
2nd Battalion, 95th Rifles [Napoleonic; United Kingdom], by Mark Newton.
2nd Battalion, 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot Official Site [Napoleonic; Australia]
2nd Battalion, 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot Unofficial Site [Napoleonic; Australia], by David Sadler.
3rd Battalion, 95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot [Napoleonic; Massachusetts), by Roger Fuller.
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester (Army listing)
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester (Simonides listing)
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:
 

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First World War:

 

Second World War: