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Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own)

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In 1800, an "Experimental Corps of Riflemen", was raised by Colonel Coote Manningham and Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. William Stewart, drawn from officers and other ranks from drafts of a variety of British regiments of the line. It saw its first action on 25 August 1800 when three companies, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel William Stewart, spearheaded a British amphibious landing at Ferrol, Spain. In April 1801, one company of the Experimental Corps of Riflemen, under the command of Captain Sidney Beckwith, took part in the British victory at the Battle of Copenhagen, as marksmen aboard Royal Navy ships.

In 1802 the Rifle Corps was brought into the main force of the British Army as the 95th Regiment of Foot, the 1st Battalion located in Kent. In 1805, a 2nd Battalion was raised at Canterbury, Kent. Later that year the 1st/95th deployed to Germany as part of a British expedition, under the command of Lord Cathcart, designed to liberate Hanover from occupation by France.

The units of the Rifle Brigade then saw action in:

  • South American Expedition in 1806.
  • The Baltic campaign of 1807 and 1808
  • The Peninsular War 1808/1813
  • Waterloo Campaign 1814/1815
  • Crimean War from 1852-1854
  • Indian Rebellion 1857
  • 2nd Anglo-Afghan War 1878
  • The Mahsud Waziri expedition in 1881
  • The Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885
  • The Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War in 1895
  • The Mahdist War in 1898
  • 2nd Boer War 1899/1900
  • 1st World War 1914-1919
  • The Chanak Crisis of 1922
  • 2nd World War 1939 - 1945
  • The Mau Mau Uprising (Kenya) in 1954
  • The Malayan Emergency in 1956

In 1958, the 1st Battalion was renamed the 3rd Green Jackets, The Rifle Brigade and was amalgamated with the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd) and the King's Royal Rifle Corps to form the Royal Green Jackets on 1 January 1966.

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