DID YOU KNOW THAT?
Did you know that Rifleman was not an officially
recognised rank in the British Army until 1923?
Despite the creation of the Experimental Corps of
Riflemen (later The Rifle Brigade) as a Rifle regiment
in 1800 and the re-designation of the 60th (Royal
American) Regiment as a Rifle Corps in 1824, the most
junior rank in both regiments and universally across the
infantry and cavalry remained Private until 1923.
During the 19th and early 20th century Privates in the
60th, The Kingís Royal Rifle Corps and The Rifle Brigade
were often referred to as Riflemen. The War Office,
however, resisted calls for a change in rank title until
finally relenting in 1923.
In June 1923 the War Office published Army Order No:
222. This stated that:
In future, private soldiers of the following corps will
be described as shown:
Cavalry of the Line: Trooper
Foot Guards: Guardsman
Fusilier Regiments: Fusilier
Rifle Regiments: Rifleman
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