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Carlow Military

Carlow Rifles

Rare Victorian Carlow Rifles Glengarry Badge circa 1875s

Carlow Rifles pre 1881 OR's Glengarry badge. Comprising a thin blackened brass Crowned strap inscribed 'Erin go Bragh, Carlow Rifles' resting on a shamrock spray; to the centre, the Maid of Erin Harp on a lined ground.  Raised 1793 at Carlow, became 8th Bn. KRRC on Friday 1st July 1881

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(8th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps)
Victorian County Carlow Rifles Officer's Cross-Belt Plate from 8th Battalion
(Carlow Rifles Regiment of Militia ) [1881-1908].
With two lugs with original nuts on reverse. Believed c.1870s.

Source: Q&C Militaria

Carlow Rifles were part of the 8th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps

1880 CR cap badge
The Kings Royal Rifle Corps' drum taken from Carlow Barracks. Source: Jake Duggan

1881. The King's Royal Rifle Corps reorganised without county affiliation upon territorialisation of the infantry, but taking responsibility for some Militia in Huntingdonshire, Middlesex, Flint, Carlow and Cork, and some Volunteers in Middlesex.

Light Infantryman
The Original Light Infantryman c.1759
Buglers 60th 1854
Buglers King's Royal Rifle Corps 1851
The King's Royal Rifle Corps c1881
Officer and Bugler
Officer and Bugler King's Royal Rifle Corps 1890


This regiment was originally raised in New York and Philadelphia (1755) as the 62nd Royal American Regiment of Foot, it was renumbered 60th in 1757 (the regiment was in the West Indies during the American war of Independence). A special act of parliament was passed allowing it to commission foreign officers, it was referred to by some as the British Foreign Legion. From the beginning it consisted of four battalions although over the years this number varied as needs dictated peaking at eight during the Napoleonic period and reducing to two in 1815. In 1824 the remaining foreigners were drafted out of the regiment, one battalion was converted to rifles, the other light infantry (the uniform was changed from red to green as was the norm with rifle regiments). They were renamed the 60th Duke of York's Rifle corps and Light Infantry which was soon changed to the 60th Duke of York's Own Rifle Corps and changed again in 1830 to the 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
1st Bn: Raised as the 2nd in 1755 and served all its time in either America or the West Indies until 1824 when it was brought to England (the remaining foreign soldiers were left behind in Canada) The number was changed to 1st in 1818 when the old 1st was disbanded.
2nd Bn: Raised in 1787 as the 3rd, renumbered 2nd in 1818. It was brought to England in 1830 and also left soldiers on the other side of the Atlantic.


3rd Bn: Raised in Dublin 1855.
4th Bn: Raised in Winchester 1857.
5th Bn: Formerly the Huntingdon Militia Rifles.
6th Bn: Formerly the Royal Flint Militia Rifles. Disbanded 1889.
7th Bn: Formerly the 2nd Middlesex Royal Edmonton Militia Rifles.
8th Bn: Formerly the Carlow Rifles Militia.
9th Bn: Formerly the North Cork Militia Rifles.
There were also 11 volunteer battalions all based in either London or the home counties.

In 1966 this regiment was merged with the Rifle Brigade and the Oxfordshire Light Infantry to become The Royal Green Jackets.


The King's Royal Rifle Corps

Margaret Emma; married. John Charles Lloyd, Capt. Carlow Rifles, son. of Major Owen Lloyd, of Rockville, Co. Roscommon, and had issue of one son,


Colonel Joshua Kearney “Jerry” Millner

Colonel Joshua Kearney “Jerry” Millner was born in Smithfield, Dublin on July 5th 1847 to a wealthy family of wool merchants. At the age of 24 in 1871 he joined the Dublin Shooting Club and two years later was chosen for the Irish rifle team to shoot for the Elcho Challenge Shield.

His skill with a rifle earned him the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Carlow Rifles Militia, although he never saw active service.

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Charles Kearns Deane Tanner

Charles Kearns Deane Tanner of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps known familiarly as the Carlow Rifles was the father of William Cunningham Deane-Tanner who was born in Carlow, April 26, 1872.

Major KD Tanner was elected as Captain of the Carlow Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Carlow Volunteer Fire Brigade Captain 'Major Kearns Deane-Tanner 1842 – 1902

 • Major Kearns Deane‐Tanner, Born in Cork, was an officer in the Carlow Rifles, who had lately served with the British force that helped crush the Taiping Rebellion in China and was Father of William Desmond Taylor • William Desmond Taylor was 49 years old when the bullet that killed him ploughed into his back on 2nd February 1922. The murder of the popular Irish film director was to become one of the greatest unsolved crimes in Hollywood history.

• Taylor’s real name was William Cunningham Deane-Tanner. Born just outside Carlow Town on 26th April 1872, he the second of four children for Major Kearns Deane-Tanner

• In June 1902, Former Volunteer Fire Brigade Captain Kearns Deane-Tanner died of blood poisoning in Dublin.


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