Centenary of Scottish Rifles and Successors Print Page
Following the death of General Gordon in Khartoum in 1885, the NSW Government sent a special force to the Sudan. This aroused public reaction in the State, which led to the formation of a new Unit, to be called the Scottish Volunteer Rifle Corps in 1885. The name was later abbreviated to the Scottish Rifles and they first paraded in November 1885. The chosen uniform of the Scottish Rifles was to be a kilt of Black Watch tartan but as the Unit was not formally affiliated to the Black Watch (the Royal Highland Regiment), the tartan was adapted by adding a thin red line. In 1911, the Government announced that a new Citizens' Army involving compulsory service was to be formed and all existing Units would be absorbed into the militia. In 1912 this came into effect and all trainees were drafted into new Battalions, those in Sydney being the 25th and 26th Infantry and the Scottish Rifles ceased to exist.
During World War I, the previous Units were not disbanded as such but remained in Australia as home Units and so at the end of the War, the 25th Infantry had remained in existence. After the War it was renamed the 2/4 Battalion, i.e. the second Battalion of the 4th Infantry, and was to continue the history of the 4th Battalion.
In 1920, for organisational reasons, the Government decided that it was inappropriate to retain second Battalions to an A.I.F. Battalion and the 2/4th was renamed 30th Battalion, New South Wales Scottish Regiment.
|Address:||Argyle Place & Lower Fort Road, The Garrison Church, Millers Point, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.858434|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||1885|
|Actual Event End Date:||1985|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 22nd June, 1986|
To The Glory Of God And To Commemorate The Centenary Of
THE SCOTTISH RIFLES
AND ITS SUCCESSORS — 1885 - 1985
This Plaque Was Unveiled On Sunday 22nd June 1986 By
HIS EXCELLENCY SIR JAMES ROWLAND, KBE,DFC, AFC.
GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Honorary Colonel The Royal New South Wales Regiment
Battle Honours Granted For:
South Africa 1900-1902
The Great War 1915-1918 (14)
The Second World War 1941-1945 (8)