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East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)




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Those known to have served with

East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Archer Albert Erskine Carson. 2nd Lt. (d.9th Feb 1916)
  • Auburn Herbert George. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Balls Daniel Methuen French. Pte. 10th Battalion
  • Barrett Archie James. Sgt. 6th Battalion, B Company (d.13th Sep 1916)
  • Beck Alfred James. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.28 Sep 1915)
  • Beedie Joseph Clark. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.17th March 1917)
  • Bishop Herbert Victor. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Blake John. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.14th Sep 1943)
  • Body John. Col. 5th Battalion
  • Boulding Edward. Capt. 5th Btn.
  • Boulding Edward. Capt. 5th Btn.
  • Box Frank Charles. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.12th Feb 1916)
  • Burchett J.. 2nd Btn.
  • Butcher Frederick Charles. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1918)
  • Cave Herbert James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.11th July 1917)
  • Child Robert Deacon de Quincy. 2nd.Lt. 1st Btn.
  • Clifford Thomas. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Clifford Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Cockerell Harry. Pte. 4th Battalion
  • Coleman John Stanley. L/Cpl. 4th Battalion
  • Corke James. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Cotter William Richard. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.14th March 1916)
  • Cottingham John Albert . Pte. 6th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Creek George. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1917)
  • Culver Alfred Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th April 1915)
  • Dormer Arthur. L/Cpl 1st/5th Btn. (d.25th June 1916)
  • Dundas Roy Stuart. Drmr. 7th Btn. (d.16th Nov 1916)
  • Eddon Joseph Edwards. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.2nd October 1916)
  • Eddon Joseph Edwards. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.2nd Oct 1916)
  • Eveleigh Alfred E.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1916)
  • Ewell Rueben Peter.
  • Fellows Percy James. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Fellows Percy James. Private 10th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Gardiner James. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Garner Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th September 1916)
  • Gawler Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1916)
  • Goatham Reginald. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Hamblin Ivan Clarence. Sjt. 2nd Btn.
  • Heasman Charles. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Hills Herbert Walter. Sjt. 1st Battalion (d.31st May 1918)
  • Hobbs William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1918)
  • Hodges James. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Jacklin Walter Brocklesby. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Jarvis Ophir Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1916)
  • Jay William. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Jenner Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Aug 1917 )
  • Jones Cyril Frank Vivian. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1916)
  • Jordan Walter Henry. Pte. 6th Btn (d.7th Oct 1916)
  • Kerman Frank. Sgt 7Th (d.8 April 1918)
  • Kirby Robert Arthur. 2nd Lt. 11 Coy. (d.11th May 1917)
  • Kitchingham Thomas. Pte. 6th Battalions
  • Larkin James Albert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.20th Dec 1916)
  • Lawrence Stanley. Pte. 10th Btn (d.13th Aug 1918)
  • Lewis Charles Herbert. L/Cpl. 8th Btn.
  • Liddel Daniel Mackintosh. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th June 1917)
  • Machon Charles John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1917)
  • Martin Lewis Edwin . Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.7th Oct 1916)
  • Mattock Thomas William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.22nd September 1918)
  • Ninnis Allan Edmund. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.2nd Aug 1918)
  • Parr Richard George. Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • Phillips Geoffrey William. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Phillpott Edward. Pte. 6th Btn (d.1st Apr 1918)
  • Pierson William Charles. Pte. 1/5th Battalion
  • Piggott Horace. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Priest James. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1918)
  • Quinnel Oliver J.. L/Cpl. (d.9th Feb 1915)
  • Quinnell Oliver James. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.9th Feb 1915)
  • Richardson John Asshell. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.21st Sep 1918)
  • Rivers Robert Samuel. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Saunders Bert. Pte. 6th Btn. C Coy (d.18th March 1916)
  • Scuddan Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.5th Oct 1916)
  • Seager Lewis Richard Turner. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Smith Harry. Pte. (d.6th January 1916)
  • Spice Percy Marshall. L/Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.5th March 1916)
  • Teeson Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.18th Nov 1916)
  • Thompson William L.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1916)
  • Waters Robert George. Pte.
  • Webb Lionel. 8th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Winch William Haffenden. 2nd Lt. 5th Btn. (d.13th Jan 1916)

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1206621

Pte. Herbert George Auburn 6th Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.29th Aug 1918)

My uncle Herbert George Auburn, my fathers eldest brother. My father (aged 3) remembers standing in the kitchen one morning when Herbert, came into the kitchen dressed in full uniform. 'Look at me mum' said Herbert, 'don't I look smart', my grandmother cried and my father never saw him again. So sad.

Still remembered Herbert, you were never forgotten by your brokenhearted parents, brothers and sisters. RIP.

Herbert George Auburn served with the 6th Battalion, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)during WW1 and died on the 29th August 1918. He is buried in the Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme, France.

Patricia Traveller




1206170

Cpl. William Richard Cotter VC 6th Btn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) (d.14th March 1916)

William Cotter died of wounds on the 14th of March 1916, aged 33 and is buried in the Lillers Communal Cemetery in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 28th March, 1916 (No. 29527), records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. When his right leg had been blown off at the knee and he had also been wounded in both arms, he made his way unaided for fifty yards to a crater, steadied the men who were holding it, controlled their fire, issued orders, and altered the dispositions of his men to meet a fresh counter-attack by the enemy. For two hours he held his position, and only allowed his wounds to be roughly dressed when the attack had quieted down. He could not be moved back for fourteen hours, and during all this time had a cheery word for all who passed him. There is no doubt that his magnificent courage helped greatly to save a critical situation."

s flynn




1206118

Pte. Ophir Alfred Jarvis 7th Btn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) (d.30th Nov 1916)

Ophir Alfred Jarvis died on the 30th of November 1916, aged 36. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. Husband of Selina F. Jarvis, of 9, Cranworth Rd., Hadleigh, Suffolk. Father of Evelyn and Margaret.

s flynn




235425

Pte. Thomas Clifford 7th Btn. East Kent Regiment

My maternal grandfather, Thomas Clifford joined the East Kent Regiment in 1916, despite being only 17 years of age. Also, he left home in Marylebone London, and travelled to Kent to join up, so that he could be sure his family would be unable to trace him. He was captured on 16th September 1917 at Poelcapelle and spent the rest of the war in Friedrichsfeld POW Camp, near Wesel in Germany.

Terry Lomax




235421

Pte. Arthur Teeson 7th Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.18th Nov 1916)

Arthur Teeson was born in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire. He served in the 7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He died on Saturday, 18th November 1916 during the Battle of the Ancre.

Bryan Teeson




235379

Drmr. Roy Stuart Dundas 7th Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.16th Nov 1916)

Roy Dundas was a Drummer with the 7th Btn, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs). He was killed in action near Grandcourt, the Somme, France on 16th of November 1916, aged 19.

Hugh Dundas




235230

Pte. Reginald Goatham 7th Battalion East Kent Regiment

Reginald Goatham was my Great Uncle, my paternal grandfather's older brother. He signed up to serve in November 1914 and was killed in action on the Somme in October 1916. Reginald has no marked grave, but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

I inherited a large number of letters that he wrote home to his parents and siblings during this period, and also have the robe that he was christened in in 1893 or 1894. Due to ill health and some spells in hospital, he remained in southern England with Kent Cyclists Battalions until July 1916, when his Battalion was sent to France. Not long after arrived, these Cyclists seem to have been transferred to the 7th Battalion, East Kent Regiment.

My favourite letter is one that he wrote to thank his mother for sending him some of her home-made jam and a pair of boots. The only problem is that she packed the jam inside one of the boots, but the lid came off and he received one very sticky boot.





235081

Sgt. Archie James Barrett MM. 6th Battalion, B Company East Kent Regiment (d.13th Sep 1916)

For many years we only knew that our Gt Uncle had been killed in WW1 with the suggestion he lost his life during the Battle of the Somme. After a family conversation in early 1997 it was suggest Archie had a medal, so with no family records, the medal card was sourced at the PRO in Kew to show he had been awarded the M.M. Other than a gazette entry to confirm the medal we could find no other information, the war diaries revealed little.

Several years ago some further information was located in the, by now digitised service records, via a family website. This helped paint a picture of the uncle we never knew. The papers included his attestation papers so, unlike is younger brother and others in the family all who were relatively short, Archie was 6" 1'. He joined up in August 1914 joining the 6th Buffs and from other papers found online he had risen to the rank of Sergeant by October 1915. We also know he was sent back to the UK with a scalp wound in March 1916, before returning back to his unit in France a few weeks later.

In September 1916 the battalion were in trenches in the Arras area and we are assuming he was the chap killed, as recorded in the diary, on the 13th of that month.

Maybe the most poignant tribute to Archie by his Commanding Officer and as recorded in the Roll of Honour as follows:- "He was the most tactful fellow during the most trying and desperate times and his gallant conduct and conscientious work won for him brotherly love from all ranks. His good work had been noticed throughout the battalion and had he been spared he would shortly have achieved greater greatness. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field during the operations on the Somme."

We'll never know much about Archie but this eptiaph means much to a family who never knew their uncle.

Roger Barrett




234850

L/Sgt. Percy Marshall Spice 1st Btn. The Buffs (East Kent) Regiment (d.5th March 1916)

Percy Marshall Spice was married to Emma Florence Cooper Spice and they lived in 3, Charlemont Row, Harcourt Rd., Dublin. He was wounded in France and Emma went out to see him, as she came home there was a telegraph waiting saying he had died of his wounds. She never married again! I would think that Percy was stationed in Ireland before the war and this is how they met. I heard family stories of how he would collect to go dancing in a posh car. They were in love and her loss lived with her all her life.

I have tried to find out where the 1st Battalion was on the days before he died. He died three days after he was wounded, so he was wounded on 2nd March 1916. I really don't have any more information and would be so grateful for any information you can offer me on the areas the 1st Battalion served during the war.

Jennifer Ward Scott




234092

Pte. Edward Phillpott 6th Btn East Kent Regiment (d.1st Apr 1918)

Edward Phillpott was my 2nd Great Grand Uncle and the only relative I know of who served and died in WWI.

Andy Herring




233888

Pte. Thomas Kitchingham 6th Battalions East Kent Regiment

Thomas Kitchingham was born on 20 April 1897 at Place Farm, Hartlip, Kent. Unfortunately, we do not have the Service Records to confirm precisely when he joined and his precise service information, and we only have the medal card and medal roll to refer to. It would seem he initially joined the 6th Battalion East Kent Regiment before being transferred to the 7th Battalion, dates and details not known. It is understood from what his younger brother has mentioned, he was at the Battle of the Somme. Tom survived the war and eventually died in 1978 in Gillingham, Kent.

Peter Kitchingham




233647

Pte. Cyril Frank Vivian Jones 7th Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.30th Sep 1916)

CyrilJones was my uncle and his death had a devastating effect on the family. His mother went mad and my father had to take over the family business for which he was ill-equipped. My mother used to use the expression "steady the Buffs" to settle us if we were too excited - now I know where it comes from.

Shelagh Duffy




233624

Pte. James Gardiner 5th Btn. East Kent Regiment

James Gardiner served with the 5th Btn. East Kent Regiment.

Steve




233559

Pte. Joseph Edwards Eddon 7th Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.2nd Oct 1916)

Joseph Eddon served with the 7th Battalion, The Buffs.

Craig Porritt




233505

Pte. Henry Garner 1st Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.15th September 1916)

Henry Garner was my uncle. I only found out about him after my father's death. Henry was born in 1898 and died in 1916 in France. My father was born in January 1917, so never knew his brother and never told me anything about him either. It was during some genealogy research that I found an additional member of the family.

Henry was killed in action and is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery.

Barry Garner




231291

2nd.Lt. Robert Deacon de Quincy Child 1st Btn. East Kent Regiment

My relative's name was Robert Deacon de Quincey Child, a soldier of WW1 in the East Kent Regiment and the RAF who was wounded in my country, France in 1916. He died in 1929

O. Thomas




231050

Capt. Edward Boulding 5th Btn. East Kent Regiment

Edward Boulding, born at Parsonage Farm in Bonnington near Hythe in 1882, was the eldest of four children. His father, a farmer, died very young while Edward was only six or seven years old. As the eldest of the children he helped his mother work the farm and must have learned self-reliance at an early age. In 1900 he became an apprentice blacksmith and wheelwright at Bilsington. He remained at the village forge until he was mobilised as a Territorial at the outbreak of the 1914-18 war. He served in India and Mesopotamia where he was injured at the Battle of Kut (Sheik Sa'ad, 7th January 1916) and later was one of the first British soldiers into Baghdad when it was taken by the 5th regiment the Buffs in March 1917.

After service in Mesopotamia, after which he was commissioned as a Captain, in 1920, two years after the end of the war he returned to England and decided to embark on a teaching career. My late father recalled that his father Edward was at Shorncliffe army training camp when he was born in September 1914. As a baby of a few months old when Edward went off to war he did not know his father until he was eight years old when he returned from the Mesopotamia. My father remembered being taken around the village by a man in uniform to visit aunts and uncles.

After the war Edward Boulding spent two years at Goldsmiths College, London, after which he was appointed assistant master at Pembury. In 1927 he moved to Sandhurst as headmaster living at Windmill Cottage and later buying some land and building Windyridge where he lived until his death in 1960. Edward seemed to be involved in just about every local activity that you can imagine: He was a member of Cranbrook Rural Council and of the parish council and often presided at committee meetings. He helped in negotiations for which he secured the playing field for Sandhurst village. He became a member of the West Kent Div Executive Committee of the KEC. He was governor of Cranbrook School and chairman of the governors of Cranbrook County Secondary School for Boys. Capt. Boulding was also made a foundation governor of the Mary Sheafe School, Cranbrook. His activities in the world of music were so many they could not all be listed. In addition to being church organist, he trained several choirs and was a leader among choral societies and also a keen bell ringer. Among the many village tasks in which he took a pride was keeping the clock on time by winding it regularly. In the last war he was head of the local Special Constabulary.

Signal School Baghdad July 1918 Edward Boulding is officer 2nd from right Back row: Sgt Brown, Cpl Shelley, Hardie Tomkin, Millar, Reeves, CQMS Blunt,  ______ , Chimes, Teape, Hayes,. Boulding, Sgt Paine. 2nd row: Rippon, Marriott, Marwood (instructor British), Worsdell (Commandant), Sellick (Instructor Indians), Dawson, Salmon.

David




230657

L/Cpl. Charles Herbert Lewis 8th Btn. East Kent Regiment

Bert Lewis served with the 8th Buffs. I know little about my father's war exploits, only what I can read of the history about his regiment/battalion campaigns in France and Belgium. Having joined up in 1914 and posted to France in August 1915, he must have taken part in numerous battles. He did receive serious injuries in the Somme, March 1918 in a short three-day battle at St. Quentin. The last information I have (in the form of certificate) is when he was honorably discharged on 6th May 1919.

Michael




229835

Pte. James Albert Larkin 8th Btn. East Kent Regiment (d.20th Dec 1916)

I have no connection to James Albert Larkin, however I am part of the creation of the database for all service personnel who gave their lives and the memorials where they are remembered, and in researching an action around his death date and wanted to add him to this roll of honour.

Patricia Donoghue




229172

Pte. Joseph Clark Beedie 1st Battalion East Kent Buffs (d.17th March 1917)

Joseph Clark Beedie (son of David Barclay Beedie and Helen Roberts Beedie) is buried at the Maroc British Cemetery Maroc in Grenay, France.

His brother Charles Beedie (7th Btn, Bedfordshire Regt) also died 15th Aug 1917 and is remembered on the Menin Gate.

His nephew William Adison Beedie (Black Watch) was shot in the ankle but survived the war

Graham Beedie




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