Anniversaries

Back Badge Day – The 28th North Glosters and The Battle of Alexandria, March 21st 1801

On March 21st 1801 a battle was fought outside Alexandria, Egypt, which would see the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s military expedition to Egypt and result in the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment adopting a unique distinction. A British Army led by General Sir Ralph Abercrombie had landed in Egypt to remove a French , who had been in occupation there since 1798. The 28th were part of the Reserve Division under the command of Major General Read more…

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Anniversaries

Key RIFLES Historic Anniversaries in 2014

2014 will see some important anniversary events occurring across the UK and Europe and many have direct relevance to the heritage of The Rifles. The major anniversary that will be the out-break of the Great War in August 1914. All the museums in The Rifles Museum Network will be staging events and exhibitions highlighting the part played by The Rifles’ antecedent Regiments in that war, it will be worth checking them out throughout the year. 2014 also Read more…

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Announcements

Looking Ahead in 2014

This week, it’s been reported in the news that most people heading back to work are suffering from “January Blues”, however for The Rifles Collection, this is far from the case. January is proving to be one of our busiest and most exciting months as we plan for the year ahead and what exhibitions, events and activities we will be running. We were recently awarded a grant from the Army Heritage Branch to fund our exhibitions. Read more…

By Melanie, ago
Announcements

RIFLES Remembrance

[cd_row][cd_column width=”span12″][cd_text] For November, we developed a theme of ‘RIFLES Remembrance’ with our Exhibitions Curator, Major Rob Yuill, working alongside military artist, Arabella Dorman to create this installation. The installation is based around the work of Arabella Dorman and our own small Field of Poppies, focusing on remembering our Riflemen fallen since 2007. The installation is open throughout November, normal opening times apply. The Regiment also commemorated their Fallen on Remembrance Sunday, from those who Read more…

By Melanie, ago
Annversaries

Today is National Poetry Day!

As today is National Poetry Day, we thought we would share a poem from The Rifles:   Be A Rifleman A flash, then a bang was the last thing I saw My Corporal shouted “GRENADE, THROUGH THAT DOOR!” My legs were heavy, I couldn’t catch my breath. When I opened the door I might meet my death.   But I remembered my training, What I’d learned every day. And suddenly all of my fears blew Read more…

By Melanie, ago
Announcements

RIFLES History on this day

RIFLES HISTORY TODAY – 24th September 1780, during The American War of Independence, Colonel Benedict Arnold of the US Continental Forces turns his coat and flees to the British Lines after his plot, to surrender the garrison of West Point to the crown forces, is discovered.  The connection to The Rifles? The discovery of Col Arnolds treachery had come about as the result of the capture of Major Andre of The Kings 54th (West Norfolk)Regiment Read more…

By Melanie, ago
Behind the Scenes

September at The Rifles Collection

Recently in September, The Rifles Collection took part in Heritage Open Day on Saturday 14 September. This year, Winchester Military Museums, as a whole, had the best figures since 2006, and there was a great atmosphere on the site. This was particularly in no small part to the re-enactors we had based on the site, as you can see in the photo below. The curators have also been out and about, visiting some of the Read more…

By Melanie, ago