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. 



18th Mar. Vera Lynn 100 Birthday,London Palladium

9th April. Vimy 100.Canadian Memorial,Arras

29th April/1st May. VE-Day,Waltham Abbey.

3/4th June. Shoreham Fort/Redoubt.

18th June.   RMA. Sandhurst.

                   Passchendaele 100

                   28-29-30-31st July

        Passchendaele Memorial Museum.


5/6th August. Batemans. 

8/9th Sept.   Greenham Common.

23-24th Sept Battle of Britain Airshow,IWM.

26th Sept.     Polygon Wood,Buttes CWGC                             5th Australian Div Memorial &                         Living History Camp.

14th Oct.       Silent City,Tyne Cot,1st Battle                         of Passchendaele. 

28th Oct.       Newbury Racecourse.

                      RBL Poppy Appeal

10th/11th Nov. Armistice Day,Ypres                                        Wreath laying Menin Gate.                               ,Evening ceremony at                                        New Berkshire CWGC


12th November.Remembrance Sunday.

15th/17th December. Christmas Truce.
                  St Yvon,Plugstreet,Belgium.

 The Rifles will be attending airshows at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden,Bedfordshire, throughout 2017.                         

                       Events 2018.

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

2/3rd June. Shoreham Fort.

24th June. Armed Forces Day (TBC) at either RMA Sandhurst or RGJ Museum,Winchester.

4/5th August. Batemans.

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

28/29/30th Sept. Passchendaele Memorial                                  Museum                 

27th Oct.  Poppy Appeal Launch, Newbury                                   Racecourse.

10-12th NOV. Armistice Day,Ypres.

The Rifles will also supply reenactors for the Shuttleworth Collection Flying Days throughout the summer season.

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

Training Day at Fort Amherst with the Queens' Own Royal West Kent LHS. 

Vera Lynn. 100th Birthday,London Palladium. With Home Front History.
Vimy 100. Shorncliffe Redoubt Military Cemetery. Shorncliffe Trust.
Vimy 100. Arras Memorial.
Shoreham Redoubt. Riflemen through the ages, plus an Italian Partisan.
Shoreham Redoubt 
RMA Sandhurst Heritage Open Day
RMA Sandhurst Heritage Open Day
Passchendaele Memorial Museum.
Passchendaele Memorial Museum.

 Greenham Common
IWM Duxford. Battle of Britain Air Show. 
 Living History Camp Polygon Wood.
 Australian 5th Division Memorial.Polygon Wood
 Video of the Silent City meets Living City,Tyne Cot,Passchendaele.
 Tyne Cot.
 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch. Newbury Racecourse.
 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch. Newbury Racecourse
 The Rifles'display at Newbury Racecourse.
 Society Wreath, to The London Rifle Brigade,laid at the Menin Gate
 With Rifle Brigade Veteran, candlelight ceremony at New Berkshire CWGC. 
Remembrance Sunday, Waltham Abbey
 Christmas Truce. Prowse Point CWGC, St Yvon, Belgium