Cap badge 8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles)

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The Post Office Rifles was a unit of the British Army, first formed in 1868 from volunteers as part of theVolunteer Force. The unit evolved several times until 1921, after which the name was lost during one of many reorganisations.

Further reorganisations took place after World War I. Many saw these changes as a dilution of the battalion's Post Office identity. Included in these reorganisations was the amalgamation of the 8th Battalion with the non-Post Office 7th battalion in 1921, forming the 7th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office) The London Regiment. In 1935, it was converted from infantry to the 32nd (7th City of London) Anti-aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers. In 1939 they expanded from Finsbury Square, into newly built drill-halls at Grove Park and Bexleyheath. Shortly afterward the unit was split, forming a duplicate Battalion at Bexleyheath called 73rd (Kent Fortress) S/Light Battalion, Royal Engineers, with outstations at Greenhithe and Sidcup. In 1940 both units re-badged as Royal Artillery. Successor units still occupy Grove Park and Bexleyheath drill-halls, as 265 (Home Counties) Battery, 106th (Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Artillery and 265 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry) Support Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals. Both units strive to continue and maintain the traditions and history of their predecessor Regiments.

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