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1st Battalion, The East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)

1st Battalion, The East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) were in Fermoy when war broke out in August 1914. They were mobilsed with 16th Brigade and returned to England, where 6th Division concentrated near Cambridge for training. They proceeded to France on the 10th of September 1914, landing at St Nazaire. Marched to the Aisne to reinforce the hard-pressed BEF. They moved north to Flanders and were in action at Hooge in 1915. In 1916 they were again in action at Battle of Flers-Courcelette on The Somme, and again in The Battle of Morval and The Battle of Le Transloy, in 1917 they were in action at Hill 70 and Cambrai.In 1918 they saw action in the Battle of St Quentin, The Battles of the Lys, The Advance in Flanders, Battles of the Hindenburg Line and The Pursuit to the Selle. After the Armistice, 6th Division were selected to join the occupation force and they moved into Germany in mid December, being based at Bruehl by Christmas 1918.

   1st East Kent Regiment, The Buffs, were a regular unit of the British Army. Went war broke out in August 1914 they were based in Fermoy as part of 16th Brigade, 6th Division. They were ordered to mobilise and concentrate with their Division near Cambridge
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Sjt. Herbert Walter Hills DCM, MID. 1st Battalion East Kent Regiment (d.31st May 1918)

My great great granddad, Herbert Walter Hills, died aged 25 leaving 3 children, one being my grandma Mildred, she never met her father. It appears Herbert enlisted in the Army at aged 16 on 5th June 1909 and went straight to France. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the 2nd class of the Russian Order of St. George, the order was granted by the late Tsar.

I feel so proud of Herbert in so many ways and it saddens me thinking of him as just a boy fighting in such horrible conditions. I would love to know what he did to obtain his awards. I wear my great grandma's wedding ring and will now wear it with such pride.

Rest in Peace Herbert Walter Hills DCM.MID. "The Buffs"

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