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Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles

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Active  1798&nbash;1921
Branch  British Army
Part of  London Regiment
Country  United Kingdom
Type  Rifle regiment
Motto(s)  Ich Dien (I Serve)
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The Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles was an infantry regiment of the Volunteer Force and Territorial Force of the British Army from 1798 to 1921; it saw active service in the Boer War and World War I as part of the London Regiment.


Early history

Originally formed in 1798 as the Bank of England Volunteers it was disbanded at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. On the formation of the Volunteer Force in 1860, it was raised by Viscount Bury, as the 21st Middlesex Middlesex Rifle Volunteers (Civil Service Rifles). Their headquarters were at Somerset House.

Territorial Force

On formation of the Territorial Force in 1908 the Civil Service Rifles became part of the newly formed London Regiment and was titled 15th Battalion London Regiment (Civil Service Rifles).

During the First World War it raised three battalions, with the first Battalion arriving in France in March 1915 forming part of the 4th London Brigade, part of the 2nd London Division. The first battalion was deployed solely on the Western front during the First World War.

Following the war the Civil Service Rifles were amalgamated with the 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment in 1921.

Battle honours

  • South Africa 1900-02
  • The Great War (3 battalions):
  • Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Flers-Courcelette, Le Transloy, Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, Cambrai 1917, St. Quentin, Ancre 1918, Albert 1918, Bapaume 1918, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1915-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1916-17, Gaza, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Palestine 1917-18
  • Regimental motto

    Ich Dien – (German for "I serve", a contraction of ich diene), the motto of the Prince of Wales.

    Regimental memorial

    The memorial for the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles is situated at Somerset House, London. It was designed in 1923 by Sir Edwin Lutyens OM, KCIE, PRA.[1]


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