Kings Royal Rifle Corps KRRC Kings Royal Rifle Corps KRRC (King's) Cap Badge - LAMBOURNE & Co BIRMINGHAM Makers Mark
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The King's Royal Rifle Corps was a British Army infantry regiment, 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 World War I the KRRC was expanded to twenty-two battalions and saw much action on the Western Front, Macedonia and Italy with sixty battle honours awarded. 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 with the third and fourth being disbanded. In 1926 the Regiment was reorganised as one of the first mechanised infantry regiments.
In World War II after initial deployment to France as part of the BEF, the regiment lost two battalions (2nd Bn KRRC and 1st Bn, Queen Victoria's Rifles, a Territorial Army unit) at the defence of Calais, where a Green Jacket Brigade held up the German advance and enabled the evacuation from Dunkirk. In the Mediterranean theatre, the KRRC saw action in the Greek campaign, including the Battle of Vevi and Battle of Crete, where 9th Bn, The Rangers, served with 1st Armoured Brigade Group. It later served in Italy and Austria. Following D-Day, the 1st Battalion served in the 4th Armoured Brigade at the Battle of Arnhem (when the brigade failed to link up with the 1st Parachute Division). Rifleman John Beeley was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions during Operation Crusader. The regiment was awarded 41 battle honours for service in World War II. Following the war's end the unit was deployed in Germany. In 1948, for administrative purposes the KRRC was brigaded with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry and the Rifle Brigade to form the Green Jackets Brigade.
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