6th Buffs Regiment (East Kent) Join the 6th Buffs! Members who served with Buffs (East Kent Regiment) Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from Buffs (East Kent Regiment).. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! Simply enter your email address below to start receiving our monthly email newsletter. Its first service was against the Dutch Republic its soldiers had so recently left. So if you are interested in joing a British unit for World War One, then be sure to contact us. That same year, its nickname of 'the Buffs' was incorporated into its title. "First time @NAM_London today. That year, the latter was required to choose between allegiance to the Dutch Republic or disbandment. By 1665, still fighting in the Netherlands, this unit had become one of three English regiments in a seven-strong British brigade. The Regiment went on to serve during the American War of Independence (1775-83) and also stationed in the West Indies and fought during The Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815) at the Battles … Initially serving in India, 2nd Battalion joined 1st Battalion in France in 1915, before moving to Salonika for the rest of the war. The Black Watch can trace its origins back to the early 18th century. Be the first to hear about our latest events, exhibitions and offers. is a book that will be of great interest to military historians." Media in category "The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)" The following 200 files are in this category, out of 1,293 total. Three hundred men from the Trained Bands of the City of London were selected to serve in Thomas Morgan's Company. The title of the regiment, The Buffs, was retained after R.A.C. The Medal Roll would reveal the names of members of the 2nd/3rd. Their veterans returned home and were formed into the Holland Regiment. 2nd Battalion fought in the Zulu War (1879) and Boer War (1899-1902), while 1st Battalion served on the North West Frontier of India during the expeditions to Chitral and Malakand (1895-97). It went on to fight in nearly all the British Army's campaigns and is now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Museums Details Regiments Visiting Advice Facilities Contact This Museum. Two guards representing The Buffs with their Colours and two guards representing the Queen’s Own with their Colours marched on … The regiment has taken part in nearly all of the major conflicts and in 1958 began their last operational tour in Aden. But its 99-year county association with East Kent was formalised. The Buffs was one of the first infantry regiments in the British Army. 1st Battalion was in Egypt on the outbreak of the Second World War (1939-45). The regiment, founded in 1572, was nicknamed “the Buffs” in the early 18th century because of the colors of its uniforms. Soldiers from 7th Battalion, The Buffs, 1916, A soldier of The Buffs using a Vickers against aircraft, 1916. It had a history dating back to 1572 and was one of the oldest regiments in the British Army, being third in order of precedence (ranked as the 3rd Regiment of the line). My late father also served in the ‘Buffs’ and went to the same places and received the same medals, his name was Thomas Dean and he had a friend named Roy Gabbatiss who died in Newton Abbott, Devon in 1942. The Special Reserve reverted to its militia designation in 1921, then to the Supplementary Reserve in 1924; however, its battalions were effectively placed in 'suspended animation'. Royal East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) during the Second World War 1939-1945. The regiment raised several Territorial and hostilities-only battalions during the war. Within two years this had become an independent regiment as the 61st Foot. On the outbreak of the First World War (1914-18), 1st Battalion was in Britain and deployed straight to the Western Front. 3rd (Kent) Regiment of Foot, 'The Buffs', 1751. The Buffs are always looking for new members. 2nd Battalion fought in the battle of France, the invasions of Iran and Iraq, and the Burma campaign. The Buff's expansion during the Second World War was modest compared to 1914–1918. This infantry regiment was formed in 1961. The Buffs fielded 15 battalions and lost over 6,000 officers and other ranks during the course of the war. National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HTRegistered Charity Number: 237902, The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own). 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The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), formerly the 3rd Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army until 1961. The Buffs defending the Colours at Albuera, 1811, Officers and men of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment, 1855. Welcome to the 3 rd Regiment web site. In 1782 the Regiment was re-designated 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs). "Steady the Buffs! The regiment also raised 12 Reserve, Territorial and New Army battalions during the conflict, serving in all the main theatres of war. It spent the entire conflict fighting in the Middle East and Italy. The 1/5th Buffs (East Kent Regiment) passing over the Jebel Hamrin, Palestine, December 1917. When the 3rd (The East Kent) Regiment of Foot became the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) in 1881 under the Cardwell - Childers reforms of the British Armed Forces, four pre-existent militia and volunteer battalions of Kent were integrated into the structure of the regiment. Next came 17 years in India, followed by service in the Crimean War (1854-56) and the 2nd China War (1856-60). This infantry unit was formed in 1881. In 1756, it raised a 2nd Battalion again. --Gerard Oram, American Historical Review About the Author Mark Connelly is a Reader of Modern British History, and Head of School of History, University of Kent. The Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment Collection was given to the University of Kent by the Regimental Association of The Queen’s Own Buffs in 2013. The regiment took part in the Rochefort and Belleisle raids in the 1750s, before fighting in the Peninsula in 1762 and Minorca in 1763. After a spell of garrison duties in France and Ireland, it spent 1821 to 1827 guarding convicts, both on the outbound voyage and then in Australia itself. Two guards representing The Buffs with their Colours and two guards representing the Queen’s Own with their Colours marched on … We are a re-enactment group portraying the 3rd East Kent Buffs Regiment at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. ~ THE BUFFS ~ 1901 onwards. National Defence Companies were combined to create a new "Home Defence" battalion, and in addition to this, a number of battalions and batteries of the Home Guard were affiliated to the regiment. 34 talking about this. Cap badge of Corporal William Cotter VC, The Buffs, c1916, Grenadier of the 3rd Regiment of Foot, 1751. The first is due to it's original role as a Lodge building for The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) and the second comes from the nickname of one of the oldest Regiment in the British Army (Royal East Kent Regiement) also called The Buffs. Soldiers of 5th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) in Italy, June 1944. Many battalions of the regiment were formed as part of Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener's appeal for an initial 100,000 men volunteers in 1914. This period also saw it raiding the Spanish coast, operating in Germany, and fighting in Scotland against both the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Rebellions. The Regiment was known by a succession of colonels' names until 1751 at which date it was formally named the 3rd Regiment of Foot. Imperial War Museum image Q24374 2/5th (Weald of Kent) Battalion Formed at Ashford in September 1914 as a Second Line battalion. The Buffs name is derived from two historical notes. This marked the regiment's formal entry into the British Army. In March 1961, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) merged with The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, to form the Queen's Own Buffs The Royal Kent Regiment. National Army Museum – Buffs, Royal East Kent Regiment – Second target. In 1782 all British Regiments without Royal titles were given county titles in order to aid recruitment, the Regiment was also awarded the 3rd order of precedence to become the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (‘The Buffs’). For further information visit The Queen’s Own Buffs … The South Staffordshire Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army, active between 1881 and 1959. (previous page) A.W. This short-lived regiment was formed in March 1961 by merging the two county regiments of Kent, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) and The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. The following year, the regiment raised a 2nd Battalion (disbanded in 1679), which fought alongside the 1st in Flanders for a year. (It’s now the East Kent Regiment.) The Middlesex Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army, created in 1881 and amalgamated in 1966 into The Queen's Regiment. The Buffs (later the Buffs Royal East Kent Regiment) This page summarises records created by this Organisation The summary includes a brief description of … Knight – chapter IV, pages 46 to 62 The 2nd Battalion was earmarked on mobilization to join the Corps Troops of Lieut.-General Sir John … To avoid confusion with existing Dutch units, the Holland Regiment was renamed Prince George of Denmark's Regiment after William's brother-in-law. On Wednesday, March 1st 1961 the amalgamation of The Buffs and The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment was consummated with a ceremonial parade at Ross Barracks. By 1920, all of the regiment's war-raised battalions had disbanded. 1 Column under the command of Colonel Pearson, himself a former 'Buff'. It consists of mainly printed and published material from the 19th century to 2017. Organised as "rifle volunteer corps", they were independent of the British Army and composed primarily of the middle class. To find out more about how we collect, store and use your personal information, read our Privacy Policy. unit to be equipped with Churchill tanks that had been converted into flame-thrower tanks for the role of close infantry support. Origins. The regiment returned to Flanders five times in the first half of the 18th century. War 1812 3rd East Kent Regiment Buffs Light Infantry. In 1751, the regiment was given the numeral 3 in the line infantry order of precedence. Both battalions undertook garrison duties in the 1920s and 1930s, including deployments to Germany, Iraq, Ireland, India and Palestine. The Buffs – France 1940 Extracted from Historical Records of The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) 3rd Foot 1919-1948 C.R.B. The 2nd Battalion, 3rd (East Kent) Regiment - 'The Buffs' were part of the original invasion forming part of No. Following peacekeeping duties in Greece, 1st Battalion was disbanded in August 1947. 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