1st Battalion, The Rifles

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1st Battalion, The Rifles
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Cap and Back badges of The Rifles
Active 25 December 2007 –
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Light Infantry
Role 160 (Wales) Brigade
Garrison/HQ Beachley Barracks, Chepstow
Motto Swift and Bold
Colours Rifle Green
March Quick: Mechanised Infantry
Double Past: Keel Row/Road to the Isles
Slow: Old Salamanca
Colonel in Chief HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Colonel Commandant General Sir Nicholas Parker KCB CBE
Tactical Recognition Flash RIFLES TRF.PNG
Arm Badge Croix de Guerre
From Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry
Abbreviation 1 RIFLES

1st Battalion, The Rifles (1 RIFLES) is a light infantry battalion of The Rifles under the command of 160 (Wales) Brigade.[1][2]


C Company 1 Rifles and the Afghan National Army engaging the Taliban in Helmand Province.

The battalion formed on 25 December 2007 in Alma Barracks, Catterick Garrison as part of 52 Infantry Brigade, merging the single battalions of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment and the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. In August that year, the Battalion moved again to its permanent home of Beachley Barracks at Chepstow still under 52 Brigade, whose HQ had departed for Afghanistan. From 2008 to 2012 it was attached to 3 Commando Brigade alongside three commandos of the Royal Marines.

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  1. ^ Army basing matrix
  2. ^ "1st Battalion The Rifles". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

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