The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 30.10.2005
 
The  Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
1881.07.01 The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
organised as the county regiment of West Kent, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
 
1889 parts of Kent County absorbed into new County of London
1908.04.01 2nd Vol Bn transferred to The London Regiment upon creation of T.F.
1916.07.07 20th Bn of The London Regiment re-affiliated
1921.01.01 The Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen's Own)
1921.04.26 The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
1961.03.01 amalgamated with The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), to form The Queen's Own Buffs, Royal Kent Regiment
The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (Association site)
History of The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, by F.A. Mason.
The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, by Peter Blanche.
The Queen's Own Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Queen's Own Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1914-1919, by Janet & Richard Mason
     
  RHQ and Depot:
    RHQ:
    50th Regimental District at Maidstone [1881-1905]
   
    C Group, at Shorncliffe [1946-1948]
    Home Counties Brigade, at Canterbury [1948-1961]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1881-1961]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (West Kent Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
  4th Battalion [1881-1894]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Volunteer Battalion [1900-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1947]
  4th/5th Battalion [1947-1967]
  5th Battalion [1908-1947]
  6th (Cyclist) Battalion [1908-1910]
  20th London Regiment (The Queen's Own) [1916-1935]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
2/4th Battalion [1915-1918]
3/4th Battalion [1914-1918]
4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
2/5th Battalion [1915-1917]
5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
6th Battalion [1939-1947]
7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
7th Battalion [1939-1947]
8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
8th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
9th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
9th Battalion [1940-1942]
10th (Kent County) (Service) Battalion [1915-1919]
10th Battalion [1940-1942]
11th (Lewisham) (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
12th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
13th (Service) Battalion [1918-1918]
14th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
2/20th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment [1916-1919]
20th (Reserve) (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment [1916-1919]
30th Battalion [1941-1943]
50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1942]
1st (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1916-1917]
[combined battle honours of 50th Regiment and 97th Regiment, plus:]

Egypt 1882, Nile 1884-85, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War [18 battalions]:  Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, La Bassée, Messines 1914 '17, Ypres 1914 '15 '17 '18, Hill 60, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Oppy, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Rosières, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Kemmel, Amiens, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Rumani, Egypt 1915-16, Gaza, El Mughar, Jerusalem, Jericho, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917-18, Defence of Kut al Amara, Sharqat, Mesopotamia 1915-18

Afghanistan 1919

The Second World War:  Defence of Escaut, Forêt de Nieppe, North-West Europe 1940, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, Djebel Abiod, Djebel Azzag 1942, Oued Zarga, Djebel Ang, Medjez Plain, Longstop Hill 1943, Si Abdallah, North Africa 1942-43, Centuripe, Monte Rivoglia, Sicily 1943, Termoli, San Salvo, Sangro, Romagnoli, Impossible Bridge, Villa Grande, Cassino1, Castle Hill, Liri Valley, Piedimonte Hill, Trasimene Line, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Monte Scalari, Casa fortis, Rimini Line, Savio Bridgehead, Monte Pianoereno, Monte Spaduro, Senio, Argenta Gap, Italy 1943-45, Greece 1944-45, Leros, Malta 1940-42, North Arakan, Razabil, Mayu Tunnels, Defence of Kohima, Taungtha, Sittang 1945, Burma 1943-45

1. awarded for Cassino I and Cassino II.

 
 
   
Badges:
Uniform:
   
   
     
   
1935.02.27 Col. HRH Prince George, The Duke of Kent, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO
1947.05.13 HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, CI, GCVO, GBE
1881.07.01 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Edward Walter Forestier-Walker, KCB
1881.07.01 [2nd Bn:] Gen. John Maxwell Perceval, CB [also 12th Foot]
1881.07.28 [1st Bn:] Gen. Hon. Sir Francis Colborne, KCB [also R Warwickshire Regt]
1888.02.28 Gen. William Richard Preston [also R Munster Fus]
1890.10.05 Gen. Sir Folwer Burton, KCB
1904.04.03 Maj-Gen. Sir Edmund Leach, KCB
1921.11.11 Maj-Gen. Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey Alderson, KCB
1927.12.15 Lt-Gen. Sir James Wilton O'Dowda, KCB, CSI, CMG
1936.09.01 Gen. Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, GCB, CMG, DSO [Gov. & C-in-C Malta]
1946.10.01 Brig. Noel Irwine Whitty, DSO
1949.01.17 Lt-Gen. Sir William Pasfield Oliver, GBE, KCB, KCMG
1959.10.15 Maj-Gen. Dennis Edmund Blaquiere Talbot, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, DL [continued 1961 as Assoc. Col. QO Buffs]

Victoria Crosses [Royal West Kent Regiment], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses [Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regt], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses (Association site)
VCs in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Honours, Rewards, Decorations, 1914-1918, by Janet and Richard Mason
Donald John Dean, VC, (Sittingbourne Remembers)
Sittingbourne Remembers [WW1]
Roll of Honour, 1914-1918, by Janet and Richard Mason
 
Motto: Quo fas et gloria ducunt; Invicta
Nicknames:
Anniversaries: Corunna (16 Jan.), Sevastopol (8 Sep.)
Freedoms:
Marches:
Musicians:
Mascot:
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
 
The Carleton Light Infantry
-1936
The Carleton and York Regiment 1936-1954
  1st Battalion, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment (Carleton and York) 1954-1961
The Kent Regiment 1927-1954
The Essex and Kent Scottish 1954-1961
1st (Canterbury) Regiment
-1921
The Canterbury Regiment 1921-1961
Regimental Association of The Queen's Own Buffs
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Simonides listing)
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Museum, Maidstone (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Museum, Maidstone (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
The Queen's Own gazette.
Full Histories:
Chaplin, Howard Douglas. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1881-1914. [Maidstone] : Regimental History Committee, 1959.
Chaplin, Howard Douglas. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1920-1950. London : M. Joseph, 1954.
Chaplin, Howard Douglas. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1951-1961. Maidstone : Regimental Museum Committee [pub. by the Queen's Own Museum Committee, 1964.
Holloway, Roger. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, the Dirty Half-Hundred (the 50th/97th Regiment of Foot). London : Leo Coope, 1973. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 0850521416
 
Short Histories:
A short history of The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). London : Gale & Polden, 1920.
A short history of The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Maidstone : Kent Messenger, 1930.
Whitty, Noel Irwine. A short history of The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. [s.l. : s.n.], 1949.
Chaplin, Howard Douglas. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment : a short account of its origins, service and campaigns 1756-1956 [s.l. : s.n., K. Messenger), 1956.
2nd Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiments, Peshawar, 1911. Paris : Evrard, 1911.
2nd Battalion The Queen's Own Royal Kent Regiment, Ballykinlar, Ireland. London : Gale & Polden, 1924.
 

Militia:

Bonhote, J. Historical records of the West Kent Militia, with some account of the earlier defensive levies in Kent. London : Printed for the subscribers by Hudson & Kearns, 1909.
 

First World War:

Atkinson, Christopher Thomas. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1914-1919. London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1924. {full text}
Molony, C.V. Invicta : with the First Battalion The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment in the Great War. London : Nisbit & Co., 1923.
Wenyon, H.J. ; Brown, H. S. The history of the Eighth Battalion, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1914-1919. London : Hazell, Watson & Viney, 1921.
Russell, R. O. The history of the 11th (Lewisham) Battalion, The Queen's Own, Royal West Kent Regiment. London : Lewisham Newspaper Co., 1934.
 

Second World War:

Riches, Paul. The spirit lives on : a short history and photographic record of the 6th Battalion, the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1939-1946. London : T. Donovan Pub., 1992. ISBN: 1871085098
Other Wars:
Walker, Adrian ; Harper, Ron ; Riches, Paul. A country regiment : 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, Malaya, 1951-1954. [England] : Brockley Press, 2001. ISBN: 0952714620
Special Topics:
Edwards, H. N. A short record of the colours of the Queen's own royal West Kent Regiment. [London? : s.n.], 1933. [reprinted from The Queen's Own gazette.]
Edwards, H.N. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Medal Roll. Part Two. [s.l. : s.n.], 1933. [In: The Queen's Own gazette]
Collins, Kenneth J. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum. Derby : English Life Publications, 1973.
Fiction:
Kingsmill, Arthur G. The silver badge. Ilfracombe : A.H. Stockwell, 1966. [2nd Bn in siege of Kut]