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The 95th Rifles

Battle Re-enactment & Living History Society

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Our group of friends strive to recreate the 95th Rifles as accurately as possible, in an explosively entertaining way, whilst having a thoroughly good time!


The re-enactment of Riflemen from this elite regiment of the Napoleonic era first began way back in the 1970s and was arguably epitomised by Richard Moore, who went on to become the Historical Advisor for the Sharpe TV series. Today, our members are spread across England and Wales and our events diary sees us pursuing adventure across the UK and overseas, during a season that generally runs from March to September.

During our events we sleep under canvas tents or inside period fortifications, we cook and eat authentic rations and practice the drill and tactics that were refined over 200 years ago on battlefields across the Iberian Peninsular, France, Belgium and America. Being affiliated to the Napoleonic Association we often share our hobby with other groups, resulting in spectacular battles and unforgettable evenings around the campfire. 

Richard Moore depicting a Rifleman of the 95th Rifles on the TV series 'Sharpe'.

Richard Moore is an expert on the 95th Rifles

and has written many articles on the subject.

If you like what you've read so far and are considering joining us, explore our website and discover what makes our society second to none. Whether your interest lies in experiencing the life and 'esprit de corp' of the Rifle Company or exploring the infinite possibilities amongst our camp followers, you'll find a welcome space by the fire for you and your family.


Chosen Man Vince Law - 95th Rifles

To Vince Law, portraying a Rifleman is more than just a hobby, it's an opportunity to live in the shoes of his ancestor, who fought at Waterloo.

In 1800 the Experimental Corps of Riflemen was formed, eventually becoming the 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot in 1803.

Riflemen were different, in many ways, to the soldiers that made up the bulk of the British Army. Instead of the classic 'redcoat' with white crossbelts worn by most infantrymen, the Rifles wore a distinctive 'greenjacket' and black leatherwork. This was the first attempt at camouflage by the British Army and was a reflection of the very different role expected of this brand new soldier.

Of course the other most notable difference between a Rifleman and most of Wellington's redcoats was the weapon he carried, the Baker Rifle. Redcoats were generally issued with the 'Brown Bess' musket, capable of wavering accuracy at 75 yards. The 'Baker' was able to hit a man-sized target 200 yards away, and there are legendary characters within the Regiment, such as Tom Plunkett who achieved accuracy well beyond this range using a patched ball. This accuracy was down to a combination of the weapon and a revolutionary new training initiative.


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