Category: King's Royal Rifle Corps

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King's Royal Rifle Corps

The King's Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) Association web page.

The King's Royal Rifle Corps was an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army that fought in various conflicts from its creation in 1830 and included the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II,.

The unit was created, as a change of name from the Duke of York's Own Rifle Corps in 1830. The unit has its headquarters at Winchester.

The regiment served in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War. Private Frederick Corbett received the Victoria Cross for his action at Kafr Dowar, Egypt, on 5 August 1882; however his VC was later rescinded when he was convicted of embezzlement, theft, and being absent without leave

During the rest of the 1800s the unit also was active in China, Canada (Wolseley Expedition), Afghanistan, India, Burma and South Africa.

The regiment was deployed during the Second Boer War from the outset playing a key role in the first battle at Talana Hill. Two officers from the regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross; Lieutenant Frederick Hugh Sherston Roberts and Lieutenant Llewelyn Alberic Emilius Price-Davies.

World War I

The KRRC in World War I can be found at The Long Long Trail web site; The History of the British Army in World War I.

The KRRC was expanded to twenty-eight battalions and saw action on the Western Front, Macedonia and Italy with sixty battle honours awarded. 12,840 men of the regiment were killed while seven members received the Victoria Cross and over 2,000 further decorations were awarded.

After 1918 the unit returned to garrison duties in India, Palestine and Ireland. In 1922 the regiment was reduced from four to two battalions with the third and fourth being disbanded. In 1926 the Regiment was reorganised as one of the first mechanised infantry regiments.

World War II

The Corps was a constituent part of the British Expeditionary Force], deployed to France in 1939. The regiment lost two battalions (2nd Bn KRRC and 1st Bn, Queen Victoria's Rifles, a Territorial Army unit) at the defence of Calais, where a Green Jacket Brigade held up the German advance and enabled the Dunkirk evacuation.

In the Mediterranean theatre, the KRRC saw action in the Greek campaign, including the Battle of Vevi and Battle of Crete, where 9th Battalion, The Rangers, served with 1st Armoured Brigade Group. It later served in Italy and Austria.

Following the D-Day landings, the 1st Battalion served in the 4th Armoured Brigade at the Battle of Arnhem (when the brigade failed to link up with the 1st Airborne Division). Rifleman John Beeley was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions during Operation Crusader. The regiment was awarded 41 battle honours for service in World War II. Following the war's end the unit was deployed in Germany.


In 1948, for administrative purposes, the KRRC was brigaded with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry and the Rifle Brigade to form the Green Jackets Brigade.

In 1958 the Regiment was re-titled the 2nd Green Jackets, the King's Royal Rifle Corps, as were the two other regiments of the Green Jackets Brigade, re-titled 1st and 3rd Green Jackets respectively.

In 1966 the three regiments were amalgamated to form the three battalions of the Royal Green Jackets Regiment (RGJ). In 1992 the 1st Battalion, Royal Green Jackets was disbanded, and the KRRC were renumbered the 1st Battalion, with the 3rd Battalion (former Rifle Brigade) becoming the 2nd Battalion. In 2007, the two-battalion RGJ regiment was amalgamated with the remaining Light Infantry regiments, to form the five Regular and two Territorial battalions of the Rifles.

The regiment's traditions are preserved by the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles.

Subcategories (11)

Person Profiles (43)


Mar 1849 Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England - 03 Dec 1913


1886 Myland St Michael, Essex, England, United Kingdom - 1960
1895 Crondall, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom - 29 Mar 1918
abt 30 May 1872 Acomb, Yorkshire, England - abt 12 Nov 1920
18 Apr 1891 Market Square, Carlow, Ireland - 14 Sep 1914
abt 1850 County Dublin, Ireland - 10 Mar 1925
abt 1883 Carlow, Ireland, or India


04 Jul 1888 England, United Kingdom - 13 Dec 1980
17 Oct 1893 Kilburn, London, England, United Kingdom - 1949
08 Mar 1878 Kensington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom - 07 May 1915


1893 Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom - 15 Mar 1915
abt 1886 Aston, Warwickshire, England - 28 Oct 1914 photo
04 Dec 1919 London, England, United Kingdom - 14 Apr 1945


21 Mar 1824 Clifton, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom - 19 May 1895
27 Nov 1891 Wellington, New Zealand - 01 Jun 1951

F cont.

bef 09 Oct 1889 Dulverton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom - 09 Jun 1958


27 Sep 1898 Woolston, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. - 1937 photo
09 Dec 1887 Curragh (Army Camp) Kildare, Irlanda - 26 Mar 1959
05 Sep 1894 Eastbourne, Sussex, England, United Kingdom - 16 Jun 1916


abt 03 Apr 1878 Quarley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom - 27 Nov 1917 photo
1875 Grateley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom - 06 May 1900


Oct 1884 Haggerston, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom - Jun 1936


1845 Newton Poppleford, Devon, England, United Kingdom - 1912
abt 1879 - 25 Sep 1915


21 May 1858 Malta - 05 Apr 1926
abt 1886 Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England - 12 Jan 1915
abt 10 Mar 1893 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 01 Dec 1917


01 Jan 1885 Sydenham, Kent, England - 29 May 1963
06 Mar 1861 Stanley Park, Selsley, Gloucestershire, England - 29 May 1936 photo

M cont.

05 Feb 1821 England, United Kingdom - 15 May 1887


10 Jan 1899 St Columb, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom - 1958
18 Jul 1870 Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom - 26 Jun 1926
abt 1866 Phillack, Cornwall, England - 1921
08 Oct 1902 Caledon, Cape Colony, South Africa - 09 Mar 1969 photo


31 Mar 1900 York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk, England - 10 Jun 1974 photo
abt 1870 Woolwich, Kent, England, United Kingdom - 1936 photo
1883 Whichford, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom - 08 Apr 1918
1896 Sittingbourne, Kent, England, United Kingdom - 11 Oct 1917


17 May 1868 Loddington, Leicestershire, England - 10 Jan 1915
Mar 1896 Bristol, England, United Kingdom - 30 Sep 1914


17 May 1870 Fenton, Staffordshire, England - 31 Dec 1934
22 Jul 1881 Islington, London, England, United Kingdom - 24 Aug 1918
22 Feb 1927 England, United Kingdom - 30 Nov 2010

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