Edwardian Officer’s Pattern, 1st Kings Royal Rifles Pouch Belt Plate.
A very fine and scarce die-stamped 1st Kings Royal Rifles Pouch Belt Plate, of a Maltese cross surmounted by a tablet and King’s crown, the tablet inscribed with “celer et audax” with lions in the voids standing on a circlet inscribed “1st C.B. Kings Royal Rifles” and with a strung bugle to the centre, the arms of the cross are inscribed South Africa 1900 1902. A truly fine example of a 1st Kings Royal Rifles Pouch Belt Plate. There are three screw posts to the reverse.
The King’s Royal Rifle Corps was an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army, originally raised in North America as the Royal Americans, and recruited from North American colonists. Later ranked as the 60th Regiment of Foot, the regiment served for more than 200 years throughout the British Empire. In 1966 the regiment amalgamated with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own) to become the 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets, a new large regiment. In 2007 the Royal Green Jackets was merged with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment and The Light Infantry to form The Rifles, where the lineage of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps continues on as the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles. In the First World War the Kings Royal Rifle Corps was expanded to twenty eight battalions and they saw a great deal of action on the Western Front, at Macedonia and Italy with sixty battle honours awarded to the regiment. Unfortunately 12,840. men of the regiment were killed, while seven members received the Victoria Cross and over 2.000 further decorations were awarded. After 1918 the unit returned to garrison duties in India, Palestine and Ireland. In 1922 the regiment was reduced from four to two battalions. 1st Kings Royal Rifles Pouch Belt Plate.