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 2019

16/17th Feb. Training,Ft Luton.

11/12th May. Temple Cressing.

1/2nd    June. Shoreham Redoubt.

10/12th 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 2017,2018 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:




 Video of parade in Folkstone, credit RCAF.
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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.