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An interesting Regimental Photo. Men of 3rd Battalion KRRC, Egypt 1882-84

Soldiers from the Kings Royal Rifle Corps , Egypt 1882. Probably 3rd Battalion KRRC.

Soldiers from the Kings Royal Rifle Corps , Egypt 1882. Probably 3rd Battalion KRRC.

A photo of3rd Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps possibly prior to embarking for Egypt in 1882.

This photo was taken during the Anglo Egyptian War and River Nile Expedition that took place from 1882-1885.

The 2nd DCLI, 1st Royal Berkshire, 1st KSLI, 3rd KRRC and 8th (City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) all served in this campaign. The Anglo Egyptian War was fought between Great Britain and Egyptian and Sudanese forces under Ahmed Orabi, who had led a coup against Tewfik Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt and the Sudan. Success enabled British troops to occupy Egypt until the Anglo Egyptian treaties of 1922 and 1936 which gave back gradual control to Egypt. The volunteer force unit, The Post Office Rifles, whose battle honours have passed to the Rifles and who 7 Rifles have direct lineage to, provided a detachment of 2 Officers and 102 men to undertake postal and telegraph duties for the Force Commander General Wolseley.

3rd Battalion KRRC who acted as mounted infantry during the campaign. Rifleman Frederick Corbett of this Battalion was awarded the VC for his efforts to save his officers life during this campaign, only to have it stripped from him in 1884 for embezzlement. Lt Percival Scrope Marling of 3rd KRRC was also awarded a VC in this campaign and the Battalion received honours for Egypt 1882, Tel El Kebir, and Egypt 1884 for a short expedition against the Mahdists in Suakin.

To find out more about the service of our antecedents in Egypt why not visit the Museums in Bodmin, Salisbury, Shrewsbury and Winchester, all part of The Rifles Museums network the locations of which are on the interactive map under Rifles Museums.

Key moment in History of The Rifles. After 13 years committed to operations in Afghanistan, Op HERRICK comes to an end.

Colonel Henry Worsley MBE (RGJ-RIFLES) Commander of the first British Military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 called Op VERITAS.

Colonel Henry Worsley MBE (RGJ-RIFLES) Commander of the first British Military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 called Op VERITAS.

An empty Camp Bastion after close down. Once one of the busiest military bases in the world now concrete and canvas in the desert.

An empty Camp Bastion after close down. Once one of the busiest military bases in the world now concrete and canvas in the desert.

 

The Camp Bastion Union Flag is handed to Brigadier R J Thompson DSO MBE (late RIFLES and CO of 2 Rifles during the hard fought Op HERRICK 9 tour). (Photo - Western Morning News)

The Camp Bastion Union Flag is handed to Brigadier R J Thompson DSO MBE (late RIFLES and CO of 2 Rifles during the hard fought Op HERRICK 9 tour). (Photo – Western Morning News)

 

Th eUnion Flag is lowered for the last time at Camp Bastion 26 Oct 2014 (photo The Daily Record)

Th eUnion Flag is lowered for the last time at Camp Bastion 26 Oct 2014 (photo The Daily Record)

 

NATO Mission Flags lowered over Camp Bastion (photo - The Guardian)

NATO Mission Flags lowered over Camp Bastion (photo – The Guardian)

 

“First in The Field & Last out of it” (to para phrase the toast of the old 95th Rifles), seems appropriate for their successors; todays RIFLES as Op HERRICK came to an end on Saturday 26th October 2014.

In 2001 a Rifleman Col Henry Worsley, RGJ led the first British Forces into Southern Afghanistan on Op VERITAS, to aid the fledgling new Government in recovering the country from the ravages of Taliban Rule; our antecedent regiments the RGBW and Light Infantry served ‘in country’ in the early Op HERRICKs as the operation became known after 2002, before the forming of The Rifles in 2007. Since then the Regiment has seen all of its Regular Battalions complete at least two if not three tours each in Southern Afghanistan, supported by our Reserve Battalions with individual reinforcements and formed company groups. During these 13 years The Regiment has paid dearly for its service, loosing 54 of our Rifleman to action and well over 200 wounded.

Names like Sangin & Lash Kagar, Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand, are as familiar to a modern generation of soldiers as they were to their 19th century counter parts who fought on “The North West Frontier”, and the Battle Honour Afghanistan worn with pride on the RIfles Belt Badge is as relevant today as it is to the actions of the past.

Now it has fallen to another Rifleman, to close this chapter of British Army operations with Brigadier Rob Thompson DSO MBE (late Rifles and CO of 2 Rifles on Op Herrick 9) commanding the final troops operating from Camp Bastion and handing the base over to the Afghan National Army, with 5 RIFLES being one of the final Battle – Groups out.

As we approach Remembrance Sunday and Armistice day, on this hundredth anniversary year of the outbreak of The Great War, let us not only remember our fore fathers but also honour with pride those riflemen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for friends and comrades in more recent year.

Let us also not forget the men of 2 RIFLES still serving on Op TORAL as the Force Protection group for British Government personnel and interests in Kabul, safe home in 2015, Swift & Bold.