R.D.C. notes that though the Battle Honour was awarded , the Naval Crown was not, until authorised by Army Order of 136/1951. You will note from the badge the placement of the Naval Crown. Interestingly this cap badge only came into use when 1RB returned to the UK after their three year tour in Kenya and Malaya in the November of 1957 but even then was not taken in to general use.


An extract from The Rifle Brigade Chronicle of 1955 :

'It was essential to retain the general design of the badge worn since 1821. The old, eight-looped, crown of the Guelphic Order, conferred on the Duke of Wellington in 1816, the year that he became Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, to be resumed. This type of crown was for long peculiar to Light Dragoon Regiments and to the Rifle Brigade.

The arrangement of the lions between the limbs of the cross, i.e. all facing the same way, to be retained. It was obvious to all that it would be impossible to include all the Battle Honours and retain the design, so it was decided to display only the honours awarded prior to 1822, which covered the period during which the Regiment, first as the Rifle Corps and then as the 95th Rifles, gained such undying fame.

The design was approved by H.R.H. The Colonel-in-Chief, and then by Her Majesty.

The whole Regiment must be grateful to H.R.H. the Colonel-in-Chief and to General Monty (Stopford), for the immense amount of trouble they have taken over this controversial subject,  to say nothing  of their patience.

Continued from Sir William Cope:
In 1801 Colonel Stewart was selected to command the troops (the 49th  Regiment  and a company of the Rifle Corp s) ordered to embark on board the fleet commanded by Admiral Sir Hyde Parker . And on February 28 Captain Beckwith ’s company, consisting  of 1 captain, 2 first lieutenants, 1 second lieutenant, 5 sergeants, 2 buglers, 1 armourer, and 101 rank and file, embarked at Portsmouth onboard H.M.S. ‘ St .George,’ bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson.

On arrival in Yarmouth Roads the right platoon of Captain Beck with’s Riflemen was shifted to the ‘London,’ Sir Hyde Parker’s flag-ship. But the men of the Rifle Corps seem to have been distributed, on  arrival in the Baltic, among the ships of Nelson’s squadron, which on April 2 attacked and reduced the Danish fleet at Copenhagen.

In this action First Lieutenant and Adjutant Grant was killed ‘whilst gallantly fighting the quarter-deck guns of H.M.S. “ Isis” ’ He was the first officer of the Regiment killed in action.  He had volunteered for this service. His head was taken off by a cannon-ball as clean as if severed  by a scimitar. Stewart recommended Second Lieutenant Pendergast, who was in the expedition, for the vacancy, and he was accordingly promoted on May 9. Two rank and file were also killed; and 1 sergeant and 5 rank and file wounded, of whom some subsequently died of their wounds'.

Lord Nelson, in his despatch, says: `The Honourable Colonel Stewart did me the favour to be on board the “Elephant;” and himself, with every officer and soldier under his orders, shared with pleasure the toils and dangers of the day.’

It is said in the Record of the 1st Battalion that an appropriate medal was issued upon this occasion by Admiral Lord Nelson to the non-commissioned officers and several soldiers.’ I have not been able to find any trace of this medal, which does not seem to have been given to the officers. For it appears from a correspondence between Stewart (then Lieutenant-General  Sir William Stewart), Earl St. Vincent, and Lord Sidmouth in 1821-2, that Nelson had been desirous of obtaining a medal for the captains of his squadron who were engaged at Copenhagen, and had recommended Stewart for one; but that Lords St. Vincent and Sidmouth opposed the issue of any such medal, on the ground that it would be a very invidious distinction from those captains who, being with Parker’s fleet, were not engaged. Stewart advanced a request for thismedal in 1821, on the plea that, being a military man, his case was essentially different from that of the captains. But though his application was then supported by Earl St. Vincent, it was refused (in very flattering terms however) by Lord Sidmouth.