The Rifle Brigade

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  • 1800 raised as an Experimental Corps of Riflemen by Colonel Coote-Manningham and Lt-Col the Hon. William Stewart
  • 1802 redesignated the 95th Regiment of Foot, the 95th Rifles
  • 1816 became The Rifle Brigade
  • 1823 became The Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade
  • 1958 renamed the 3rd Green Jackets Regiment of the Green Jackets Brigade.
  • 1966 amalgamated to become 3rd Battalion Royal Green Jackets Regiment
  • 2007 became the 4th Battalion of The Rifles.

Service in British India

1st Battalion

2nd Battalion

A thread from the 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles Forum[1] provides the following details

  • Dec 1911 2/RB stationed at Fort William, Calcutta.
  • Jan 1912 2/RB form guard of honour for King's departure from Calcutta.
  • Jan 1912, 2/RB trained to Pindi
  • Feb 1912 Brigade training and practice in hill Warfare in Baracao, "some 15 miles towards Murree".
  • Oct 1912 2/RB march to Rawal Pindi.
  • 1913, Kuldana, Murree and Rawal Pindi. Kuldana to West ridge Nov 1913
  • 1914 In Murree hills, expected to sail for England Oct 29 in Dongola. Telegram to embark arrives Aug 26. Aug 29 all baggage in Pindi. Sept 02, left Kuldana, Sept 06, arrived Pindi. Trained to Bombay, arrive Sept 08. Embarked S.S. Somali, same day. Landed Liverpool Oct 22 1914. The Dongola carried the Berkshires from India.

3rd Battalion

4th Battalion

Camel Corps

The Camel Corps was formed at Lucknow on 5 April 1858 from drafts of 100 men each from the 2nd and 3rd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, to which were eventually added 200 Sikhs. The Camel Corps was used in 1858 and 1859 to support columns of soldiers despatched during the latter stages of the Indian Mutiny to hunt down groups of rebels that had fled into the countryside of Rohilkund and Oudh, east of Delhi., and was disbanded on 1 June 1860.

Battalions of the Territorial Force in WW1

The 18th, 23rd and 24th went to India. The 21st went to India via Egypt[2]

The 18th came into being about 11/11/15. Their time overseas was spent in Rangoon, based in Sale Barracks, with detachments at Port Blair, in the Andaman Islands, guarding the convict settlement there. Detachments went on escort duty to Basra (and qualified for The Victory Medal), and were employed on the minesweepers patrol at Bombay.[3] [4]

The 23rd were at Multan at first and then Bareilly with one company in Amritsar for May 1916. The 24th were at Sialkot with detachments at different times at Jullunder, Amritsar, Lahore and Ferozepore and was involved in internal security duties.[5]

An article in the 1928 Rifle Brigade Chronicle, pages 162 to 182 inclusive, by Captain R.C. Bridgeman, covers the formation of these battalions, with a precis of each battalion’s war record.[3]

Regimental journal

The Rifle Brigade Chronicle was published annually from 1891, for the year 1890, and is available at the British Library. Seven editions are available to read online, refer below.

External links

Historical books online

For those in North America and some other countries, editions for years up to c 1923 are available on Google Books and the Hathi Trust Digital Library. Editions beyond this date may be available through academic library access.
Findmypast, pay website, includes a database "Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1890-1920",[8] located in Armed Forces & Conflict/Regimental & Service Records, with a complete run of editions. This database is searchable, (by name or keyword) with the search result showing a page of the Chronicle (and if required adjoining pages). It is possible browse the various editions, although it is a slow process. From the findmypast page, "Browse Title" and select a year, then click on Search (leaving all details blank). This will bring up a long list of all pages for that year. Once you have selected a page, you can scroll to the previous, or next page, using buttons located near the top of the findmypast page. If you need to increase the size of the pages in order to read them you may need to download (button near the top of the findmypast page) but this must be done page by page.
A Summer in High Asia, being a record of sport and travel in Baltisan and Ladakh by Capt F E S Adair, late Rifle Brigade 1899. 2nd file images may be marginally better.


  1. 2nd Battalion 95th Rifle Regiment of Foot Re-enactment Group Forum, now an archived webpage.
  2. The Rifle Brigade
  3. 3.0 3.1 stiletto_33853 London Rifle in Burma? Great War Forum 10 August 2008 et al. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. stiletto_33853 18th Rifle Brigade Great War Forum 30 May 2006 et al. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. stiletto_33853 18/23/24 Rifle Brigade in India 1916. Where were they ? Great War Forum 08 February 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. Photograph from Townsend, Ben. 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade 2/95th Rifles Forum 18 September 2008, Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  7. "In the two photos the soldier is very definitely in the Rifle Brigade. In the first image the badges are clear and in the second, on the horse, the black buttons corroborate” Email to User:Maureene dated 11 March 2014
  8. Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1890-1920 findmypast