Another very busy year for the Rifles. No sooner had the old year, with all the memorial events, ended then the Rifles were off on the Kitchener Memorial March in January. The event commemorated the inspection of the 47th London Division by Lord Kitchener in early 1915.
Another memorial event followed in February, this time at the National Audit Office to the men of the 15th Battalion, The London Regiment, Civil Service Rifles.
In April, the Rifles travelled to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum for the annual living history event. As a society, the Rifles have attended this event since 2005, and we look forward to more occasions in the coming years.
May proved to be a very busy month. The Rifles first Second World War event of the year was the V.E.Day gathering at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey. There follwed another Great War event at the Purfleet Military and Heritage Museum. At the end of May the Rifles attended two more Second World War events. To commemorate the end of the war, our members paraded at the Aldershot Military Garrison as guests of the British Army. Then on the 75th Anniversary of "Operation Dynamo" the evacuation of the BEF from the Dunkirk Beaches, the Rifles travelled to Ramsgate and took part in demonstrations on the Medway Queen. A contingent from the Rifles attended the DuCasse de Mons to end a very busy month indeed.
June began with our first visit to the Shuttleworth Collection for their Edwardian Picnic. Then the Rifles were invited to attend Armed Forces Day at the Peninsula Barracks, Winchester.
Our busy summer season carried on with the Havenstreet Steam Railway Second World War event in July, followed by our second visit to the Shuttleworth Collection, this time with the replica Great War tank.
Bright August sunshine welcomed the Rifles to Batemans for the "My Boy Jack" Great War event. Batemans was the home of Rudyard Kipling, and the event is probably the best First World War event of it's kind in Britain. It also gave the Rifles a chance to use the Leech Trench Catapult as part of the day's displays.
The August Bank Holiday weekend saw the Rifles attend the Edenbridge Show. Here our members took part in several arena displays and were part of a living history camp. We also took along the Leech Trench Catapult.
The highlight of September was once again the Rifles' trip to the Merchant Navy Memorial event on Tower Hill, the band of HM Royal Marines entertained the assembled gathering of veterans, and the Rifles enjoyed another good day as guests of the Merchant Navy Association.
October proved another busy month in the lead up to November and the beginning of the remembrance commemorations. The Rifles, as guests of the Army Benevolent Fund and Home Front History, attended a fund raising event at Royal Ascot Racecourse. The sum of £7,300 was raised by the assembled reenactors. Another event in October was the Anglo-German commemorations at the Staffordshire Regimental Museum. Once again the Leech Trench Catapult proved a popular attraction. To finish off a very enjoyable month,a small party from the Rifles helped G Coy, 7th (Reserve) Battalion, The Rifles on a mid week recruiting evening.
November is a very important month for the Rifles, we begin our annual collections on behalf of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, attend remembrance parades at Purfleet and Waltham Abbey,then finally a contingent from the Rifles attend Armistice Day at Ypres, and the Last Post Ceremony at New Berkshire Commonwealth Wargraves Cemetery. This year the Rifles raised £3253.56 on behalf of the poppy appeal.
To commemorate the Christmas Truce which took place at St Yvon,Comines,Belgium in 1914, The Rifles had the honour to be invited by the organisers for the second year in succesion. Our contingent spent the last weekend before Christmas in the trench next to Prowse Point to remember those riflemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice 101 year ago.
Some of our lady members at the National Audit Office.
V.E.Day, Waltham Abbey.
On the "Medway Queen"
Edwardian Picnic at the Shuttleworth Collection.
Havenstreet Steam Railway.
Royal Ascot collecting for the Army Benevolent Fund.
Purfleet Heritage and Military Museum. Remembrance Parade.
Remembrance Sunday, Waltham Abbey.
Christmas Truce, St Yvon,Comines,Plugstreet,Belgium.