Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles

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Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles
Civil Service Rifles badge.jpg
Active 1798 – 1921
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Rifle Regiment
Part of The London Regiment
Motto Ich Dien (I Serve)
Engagements Boer War, World War I

The Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles were a regiment in the Volunteer Force and Territorial Force of the British Army from 1798 to 1921; they saw active service in the Boer War and World War I.

Originally formed in 1798 as the Bank of England Volunteers they were disbanded at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. To be reformed in 1860, by Viscount Bury, as the 21st Middlesex Middlesex Rifle Volunteers (Civil Service Rifles).

They after many name changes, including their main title, The Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles, were eventually amalgamated with 16th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment in 1921.

Battle honours[edit]

Regimental motto[edit]

Ich Dien – (German for "I serve", a contraction of ich diene), the motto of the Prince of Wales.

The Memorial of the 15th London, Somerset House, London

Regimental memorial[edit]

The memorial for the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles is situated at Somerset House, London. This was designed in 1923 by Sir Edwin Lutyens OM, KCIE, PRA.[1]


  • The History of the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles. London : Wyman & Sons Ltd., 1921.
  • Knight, Jill. The Civil Service Rifles in the Great War : all bloody gentlemen. Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2004. ISBN 1-84415-057-7
  • 2/15th Battn. County of London Regiment Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles. [London : printed by The Art Reproduction Co. Ltd., 1920?]

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