The Rifles Living History Society
The Black Button Bastards
We Will Remember Them


                Award winning living history society. Formed 1999.
              A Unit of 20th Century Warfare and Living History Society.
The Rifles Living History Society
The Rifles Living History Society Orderly Office
The Rifles' core impressions are the Regular and Service battalions of the Rifle Brigade and Kings Royal Rifle Corps in the Great War of 1914/18. The Territorial Force are covered by the Rifle battalions of the London Regiment and our county regiment impression is that of the 8th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment, The Isle of Wight Rifles. Our members have acquired uniforms and equipment to portray the Rifleman in every year of the Great War on the Western Front, and the Middle East.

We also have a small Royal Engineer section covering chemical warfare,signalling, and transport.

Another important aspect of the Great War was the home front, here our members remember those men and women who kept the home fires burning.

For a few year now the Rifles have concentrated on our Second World War impression, with our members attending several anniversaries in Britain and Europe.

Once again the home front is not forgotten, our members remember those men and women of perhaps Britain's greatest generation who endured the dark days of the Second World War on the home front. 

  The Kings Royal Rifle Corp Memorial, Menin Road, Ypres


   The Queen Victoria Rifles Memorial, Hill 60                    

                       Events 2018.

31st March -1st April. Fort Luton, Chatham.Training and Living History Event.

2/3rd June. Shoreham Fort.

17th June.  RMA Sandhurst Heritage Day.

30th June.  Armed Forces Day,E.Grinstead

4th July.     Freedom of Folkestone.

15th July.   Flying Legands,IWM Duxford.

21st July. Belgian Independence Day Parade,Brussels.

4/5th August. Batemans.

11th August. Anniversary of Battle of Amiens.   Tank Museum,Bovington

23rd August. Gt Dorset Steam Fair

15/16th September. Chiltern Open Air Museum, Great War Event.

23nd September. Battle of Britain,Duxford.

28/29/30th Sept. Passchendaele Memorial                                  Museum                 

27th Oct.  Poppy Appeal Launch, Newbury                                   Racecourse.

10-12th NOV. Armistice Day,Ypres.

15-16th Dec. Christmas Truce,Ploegsteert.



10th/12th Nov. Armistice Day,Ypres.

20-22nd    Dec. Christmas Truce,Ploegsteert.

For details of past Rifles' events, please go to Gallery 2014, Gallery 2015, Gallery 2016 Gallery 2017, and Gallery/Past Events & Videos.

Silent City,Tyne Cot,October 12th 2017
During the Second World War as British men and women signed up to serve in the Armed Forces the civilian population found they also had an important role to play in the protection of their homeland from the Nazi threat.

For more information about Britain's Home Front

during WW2, please contact us at:


 Fort Luton
The Flying Jackets at the Vulcan Restoration Trust Hanger, Southend 
Shoreham Fort
Shoreham Fort
RMA Sandhurst 
Chiltern Open Air Museum
 Armed Forces Day, East Grinstead
Armed Forces Day, East Grinstead.

Freedom of Folkstone. With Nimy Company and Men of Empire.
 Video of parade in Folkstone, credit RCAF.
 Flying Legends,IWM Duxford
Belgian Independence Day, Brussels 
Belgian Independence Day,Brussels. 
 The Great Dorset Steam Fair run from The Tank Museum,Bovington.
Great Dorset Steam Fair run from The Tank Museum,Bovington 
Great Dorset Steam Fair, Great War Battlefield.
.Chiltern Open Air Museum.
Battle of Britain Airshow. RAF Duxford 
 Passchendaele Memorial Museum,Zonnebeke.
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch,Newbury Racecourse. 
First World War Reminisces. Charring Cross Theatre, London.
 Collecting for the RBL Poppy Appeal
 Armistice Day. New Berkshire British CWGC Ploegsteert.
 Armistice Day,New Berkshire British CWGC, Ploegsteert.
Christmas Truce,Prowse Point,Ploegsteert. 
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Australian Great War Association
Hooge Crater Museum.
Some of the Rifles events from 2004-2010

Tribute to the Isle of Wight Rifles.