Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment 1900-1901

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Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment 1900-1901

Postby researchingreg » 30 Jun 2016 12:33

A family member Stephen Dennett born 1865 in Romsey, Hampshire, served for 12 Years in the Scottish Rifles (Cameronians) from 1883 to 25 Feb 1895. He then re-joined the Army attesting on 9 May 1900 in the Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment, which were based in Parkhurst Barracks, Newport, Isle of Wight He served until 8 May 1901 in the Rank of L/Cpl service number 1727.
In his Army Pension File is a reference letter confirming the Regiment name which reads as follows:
"....Certified that No.1727 L/Cpl S Dennett had no entry ......Regimental of Court Martial sheet during the period of service in the Royal Rifle Reserve Regiment Parkhurst I of W 25.4.01 signed (unreadable signature) Capt 2nd Bn Roy,Rif,Res,Reg......"

He is shown on the 1901 census as being in the Barracks. The senior officer in the census was Major Philip Sydney, 3rd Baron de L'Isle and Dudley born 14 May 1853, if this helps. In Burkes Peerage it says he gained the rank of Major in the Rifle Brigade.

Can anyone give any information about this regiment? I cannot find any information.

I have posted some of this info in my previous post on the Scottish Rifles viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11366&p=58753#p58753
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Re: Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment 1900-1901

Postby QSAMIKE » 30 Jun 2016 15:42

Now don't quote me on this but......

I believe that these units were holding regiments......

I know there was one for each. Lancers, Hussars and Dragoons in the Cavalry.....

Men served in these units until a regiment wanted some replacements......

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Re: Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment 1900-1901

Postby jf42 » 30 Jun 2016 15:46

Reg- a quick search online entering ROYAL RIFLES RESERVE & ROYAL RESERVE REGIMENTS BOER WAR turns up all sorts of snippets.

It is clear that the government formed these temporary battalions under the name of ROYAL RESERVE REGIMENTS, offering generous bounties, to atract former soldiers to volunteer in order to free Regulars, Volunteers and Militia for the war in South Africa. The term of service seems to have been a year, as reflected in the records for your forbear. It appears they were seen as something of a 'Dad's Army.' See the Hansard Parliamentary records below.

However in the 'Annals of the KRRC ' a Rifle Reserve regimentis reported in action around Ladysmith:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=g3m ... NT&f=false

Here is a reference to the Royal Rifles Reserve officers in the London Gazette:

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ ... =firefox-b

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=571410.0

TWO INTERESTING REFERENCES IN PARLIAMENT

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/comm ... -regiments
http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/comm ... rch-report


ARMY NUMBERS 1881-1918

http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.co.u ... index.html
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Re: Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment 1900-1901

Postby researchingreg » 30 Jun 2016 22:23

Thanks for all the information
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Re: Royal Rifles Reserve Regiment 1900-1901

Postby jf42 » 01 Jul 2016 06:40

I learnt something myself, so thank you.
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