jf42 wrote:Reg- technically 'The Scottish Rifles' was simply the subtitle of the Cameronians (The Scottish RIfles) a regiment formed in 1881 from the redesignation of the 26th (The Cameronian) Regiment and the 90th Regiment (Perthshire Volunteers) (Light Infantry) as 1st and 2nd Battalion, The Cameronians (The Scottish RIfles).
it is true to say, however that the two battalions conducted themselves as much as possible as if the yoking of their two regiments had not taken place and that the 2nd Battalion referred to themselves as the Scottish RIfles well into the 20th century.
That does not necessarily mean conclusively that your forbear served in the 2nd Battalion, but it is a starting point. It would depend in part on the source for you information.
According to this archived site
http://web.archive.org/web/200712191501 ... /090-1.htm
The 90th had just arrived in India when the 1881 amalgamation took place. They returned to England in 1895. That might be when your forbear took his discharge.
1881 India: Bengal
1881.07.01 2nd Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Information on the 1st Battalion, the former 26th can be found here.
http://web.archive.org/web/200801021511 ... 26-688.htm
Hope that helps get you started.
When you refer to the Royal Rifles, do you mean the King's Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC)? If you can find a number for the battalion that will help you. This page lists the various Volunteer and Reserve battalions incorporated in or affilliated to the KRRC in the years following the 1881 reforms:
http://web.archive.org/web/200801230449 ... 60KRRC.htm
The KRRC was mainy associated with the London area but the Isle of Wight location you mention may have something to do with the organisiation of auxiliary troops during the Boer War. Given your man's enlisting in the Hampshire Regiment in 1914, there would seem to be a local connection.
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