The Back Badge
For their gallantry in fighting back to back during the Battle of Alexandria1801, the Regiment was given the unique honour of wearing a badge at the back of their caps. This honour has prevailed.
On the 1st February 2007 RGBWLI merged with the DDLI to become 1 Rifles. The regular battalions of the Rifles wear the Back Badge with ceremonial dress,and officers and warrant officers wear it on side hats. The Back Badge is also worn by the Band and Bugles of The Rifles on the ‘shako’
The Regiment, then the 28th Foot (North Gloucestershire) under the Command of General Sir Ralph Abercromby landed in Egypt against strong French opposition. They marched onwards to Alexandria where they brought the French army to Battle.
The 28th. took up a defensive position on a line of low sand hills. On their right was an old Roman fort, which stood on a slight rise close to the shore, and to the front of this was an unfinished redoubt, which was manned by the 28th. Between them, the fort and the redoubt formed the key position, for if either was taken, then the British flank could be turned.
Back Badge day is celebrated on the 21st day of March each year. A Church Service & Reunion is held in Gloucester on the weekend nearest to the 21st. The event for 2023 is scheduled to take place on the 18th March 2023, see the events page for further details.