The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) [UK]
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Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 03.12.2002
The Buffs
(Royal East Kent Regiment)
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
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1572 Thomas Morgan's Company
formed for service in Holland
1605 expanded to brigade of four regiments
1665 The British brigade, numbering three English and four Scottish regiments  were required to  take the oath of allegiance to the States-General or be cashiered.  The English refused and disbanded in Holland.  The Scots continued in Dutch service until 1794 when they were placed on the British establishment as The Scotch Brigade.
1665 The Holland Regiment
formed in England from repatriated veterans of the three disbanded English regiments in Dutch service; also known until 1751 by the names of colonels
1689 Prince George of Denmark's Regiment
1751.07.01 3rd Regiment of Foot, or The Buffs
1782 3rd (the East Kent) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
1935.06.03 The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
1961.03.01 amalgamated with The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, to form The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), unofficial page by Peter Blanche.
History of The Buffs, by Peter Blanche.
History of The Buffs, by F.A. Mason.
The Buffs in Australia - 1822 to 1827 (abstract: Sabretache, Vol. 36, no. 1, Jan/Mar 1995)
The Buffs ... movements ... during the Great War, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Waprpath 1914-1918)
The Buffs [in the Great War], by C. F. Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
    1st Battalion [1572-1961]
    2nd Battalion [1756-1758]
    2nd Battalion [1803-1815, 1857-1949]
East Kent Regiment of Militia
Territorials and Volunteers:
Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Dettingen, Guadeloupe 1759, Douro, Talavera, Albuhera, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Punniar, Sevastopol, Taku Forts, South Africa 1879, Chitral, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War (16 battalions)1 Aisne 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915 '17, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Hooge 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Avre, Amiens, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Struma, Doiran 1918, Macedonia 1915-18, Gaza, Jerusalem, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917-18, Aden, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1915-18

The Second World War:  Defence of Escaut, St. Omer-La Bassée, Withdrawal to Seine, North-West Europe 1940, Sidi Suleiman, Alem Hamza, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, El Agheila, Advance on Tripoli, Tebaga Gap, El Hamma, Akarit, Djebel Azzag 1943, Robaa Valley, Djebel Bech Chekaoui, Heidous, Medjez Plain, Longstop Hill 1943, North Africa 1942-43, Centuripe, Monte Rivoglia, Sicily 1943, Termoli, Trigno, Sangro, Anzio, Cassino I, Liri Valley, Aquino, Rome, Trasimene Line, Coriano, Monte Spaduro, Senio, Argenta Gap, Italy 1943-45, Leros, Middle East 1943, Malta 1940-42, Shweli, Myitson, Burma 1945

East Kent Militia [later 3rd Bn]:  Mediterranean

4th Battalion, 5th Battalion:  South Africa 1900-1902

1. AO 55/1925 as amended by AO 426/1925.

Colours in St. Michael's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, by Peter Blanche.
1906.11.09 HM Frederick VIII, King of Denmark
1914.05.12 HM Christian X, King of Denmark, KG, GCB, GCVO
1947.12.23 HM Frederick IX, King of Denmark, KG, GCB, GCVO
Note:  Danish connection began in 1689, when regiment was named for Prince George of Denmark (d. 1708), consort of Princess Anne (Queen from 1702 to 1714)
1572 Thomas Morgan
1665.05.31 Col. Robert Sidney
1668.08.12 Maj-Gen. Sir Walter Vane
1673.12.12 Lt-Gen. John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, Duke of Buckingham, KG
1682.11.06 Col. Philip Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Chesterfield
1684.01.26 Lt-Gen. John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, KG [reappointed]
1685.10.23 Brig-Gen. Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe
1688.12.31 Gen. Charles Chruchill
1707.02.26 F.M. John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, KG, KT
1711.02.26 Col. John Selwyn
1713.04.14 Brig-Gen. Archibald Douglas, 2nd Earl of Forfar
1716.01.05 Gen. Sir Charles Wills, KB
1726.08.26 Col. Thomas Pitt, 1st Earl of Londonderry
1729.11.24 Lt-Gen. William Tatton
1737.06.27 Lt-Gen. Thomas Howard
1749.08.21 F.M. Sir George Howard, KB
1763.05.13 Col. John Craufurd
1764.11.22 Maj-Gen. Ralph Burton
1768.11.07 F.M. Sir Jefffrey Amherst, 1st Lord Amherst, KB
1779.04.21 Lt-Gen. William Style
1786.04.18 Gen. Thomas Hall
1809.12.29 Gen. Charles Leigh
1815.08.09 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Clinton, GCB, GCH
1829.12.21 Gen. Sir George Don, GCB, GCH
1832.01.30 Gen. Kenneth Alexander Howard, 1st Earl of Effingham, GCB
1845.03.18 Gen. Sir Henry King, CB, KCH, KC
1854.07.25 Lt-Gen. Sir Nathaniel Thorn, KCB, KH
1857.01.29 Lt-Gen. Nicholas Wodehouse
1857.12.12 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Havelock, KCB [died at Lucknow]
1857.12.12 Lt-Gen. Berkeley Drummond
1860.05.04 Gen. Hon Charles Grey
1863.07.06 Lt-Gen. John Wharton Frith
1864.09.09 Lt-Gen. Day Hort Macdowall
1870.09.15 Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir James Lindsay, KCMG
1874.08.14 Gen. William Craig Emilius Napier
1882.09.23 Gen. Sir Julius Augustus Robert Raines, GCB
1909.04.12 Maj-Gen. Frederick Taylor Hobson
1909.10.05 Maj-Gen. Robert George Kekewich
1914.11.06 Gen. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget, GCB, KCVO
1928.12.10 Maj-Gen. Sir Arthur Lynden Lynden-Bell, KCB, KCMG
1937.01.02 Maj-Gen. Sir John Kennedy, GBE, CB, CMG, DSO
1943.06.04 Maj-Gen. Hon. Percy Gerald Scarlett, CB, MC
1953.06.04 Maj-Gen. Valentine Boucher, CB, CBE
Victoria Crosses [3rd Regiment], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses [Buffs], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Buffs Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Pvt. Wilfrid George Young, 1938-1946, by Michael S.Young.
Motto: Veteri frondescit honore
Anniversaries: Corunna (16 Jan.), Albuhera (16 May)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
The Irish Fusiliers of Canada (Vancouver Regiment)
3rd Infantry Battalion (The Werriwa Regiment) 1930-1960
The Buffs Regimental Museum, Canterbury (Army listing)
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Army listing)
The Buffs Museum, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing)
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Simonides listing)
St. Michael's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, by Peter Blanche.
Regimental Journal:
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