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Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
British Army - Infantry

Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

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Including
(Reflecting historic name changes)

50th (Duke of Clarence's) Regiment of Foot

50th Foot (Queen's Own)

50th Regiment of Foot

50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot

52nd Regiment of Foot

97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen's Own)

Royal West Kents

Please link profiles of those who served in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (including those in the "included" list above), to this project regardless of rank, conflict or nationality. People of note can be individually listed in Alphabetical Order below.
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Regiments and Corps of the British Army

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment


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Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army.

Active - 1881 to 1961

Mottos -

  • Invicta (Invincible),
  • Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Whither Duty and Glory Lead)

Motto - 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot - Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt – Where Right and Glory Lead

Uniform -

Corps March -
97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot - Quick March "Paddy’s Resource"

Nick-names - The Blind Half Hundred, The Celestials, The Devils Royals, The Dirty Half Hundred

Nick-name - 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot - The Celestials

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Ancestry

Timeline

1756 - raised as 52nd Regiment of Foot by Colonel James Abercrombie

1757 - Re-numbered 50th Regiment of Foot

1782 - Re-designated 50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot

1804 - 2nd Battalion, 50th Regiment of Foot raised

1807 - 2nd Battalion, 50th Regiment of Foot disbanded and troops absorbed into 1st Battalion

1824 - 2nd Battalion raised - under title of 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot

1827 - Re-designated 50th (Duke of Clarence's) Regiment of Foot

1831 - Re-designated 50th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot

1881 - 50th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot amalgamated with 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot forming 1st and 2nd Battalions - The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

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Image Courtesy of Military Badge Collection - Niels Pedersen (adapted)

1922 - Name change - Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

POST 1961

1961 - Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment was amalgamated with the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) to form the Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment See Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

1966 - the Queen's Own Buffs was merged with the other regiments of the Home Counties Brigade ...

  • the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
  • the Royal Sussex Regiment and
  • the Middlesex Regiment ...

to form the Queen's Regiment which was also amalgamated with the Royal Hampshire Regiment, on 9 September 1992, to form the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires), see Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment was popularly and operationally known as the Royal West Kents.

Battle honours

Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

  • 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, Cassino, 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

Battle honours

50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot

  • French Revolutionary Wars 1793-1802: Egypt (With the Sphinx)
  • Peninsular War 1808-14: Vimiero, Corunna, Almaraz, Vitoria, Pyrenees, Nive, Orthes, Peninsula
  • Gwalior Campaign 1843: Punniar
  • First Sikh War 1845-46: Moodkee, Ferozeshah, Aliwal, Sobraon
  • Crimean War 1854-55: Alma, Inkerman, Sevastapol
  • Third Maori War 1863-66: New Zealand

Battle honours

97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot

  • Crimean War: Sevastopol
  • Indian Rebellion of 1857: Lucknow

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Notable Personnel

Names with Bold links are to Geni profiles. Other links take you to external biographical web pages.

Victoria Crosses

  • Sergeant John Coleman, Crimean War (30 August 1855)
  • Captain Charles Lumley, Crimean War (8 September 1855)

Colonels

50th Regiment of Foot

  • 1755–1756: Colonel James Abercrombie
  • 1756–1759: F.M. Studholme Hodgson
  • 1759–1760: F.M. John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden KB
  • 1760–1764: Lt-Gen Edward Carr
  • 1764–1774: Gen Sir William Boothby Bt
  • 1774–1775: Gen Michael O'Brien Dilkes
  • 1775–1777: Col Hon George Monson
  • 1777–1778: Gen Sir Thomas Spencer Wilson Bt
  • 1778–1839: Gen Sir James Duff

50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot

  • 1839–1842: Gen Sir George Townshend Walker Bt GCB
  • 1842–1844: Lt-Gen Sir Hudson Lowe KCB GCMG
  • 1844–1849: Lt-Gen Sir John Gardiner KCB
  • 1849–1851: Major-Gen Sir Dudley St Leger Hill KCB
  • 1851–1852: Lt-Gen William Francis Bentinck Loftus
  • 1852–1853: Major-Gen James Allan CB
  • 1853–1854: Lt-Gen Sir George Arthur Bt KCH
  • 1854–1861: Gen Sir Richard England GCB KH
  • 1861–1862: Lt-Gen George Morton Eden
  • 1862–1872: Lt-Gen Marcus John Slade
  • 1872–1881: Gen Sir Edward Walter Forestier-Walker KCB

97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot

  • 1824–1829: Lt-Gen. Sir James Frederick Lyon, KCB, GCH
  • 1829–1833: Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir Robert William O'Callaghan, GCB
  • 1833–1843: F.M. Sir Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge, GCB
  • 1843: Lt-Gen. Sir Charles James Napier, GCB
  • 1843–1852: Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Frederick Bouverie, GCB, GCMG
  • 1852–1859: Lt-Gen. Henry Adolphus Proctor, CB
  • 1859–1861: Gen. Sir Edward Finucane Morris, KCB
  • 1861–1869: Lt-Gen. John Campbell
  • 1869–1874: Gen. George Thomas Colomb
  • 1874–1881: Gen. John Maxwell Perceval, CB

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Sources, References and Further Reading

  • Brereton, J M A Guide to the regiments and Corps of the British Army on the Regular Establishment (Bodley Head) 1985
  • Griffin, P D Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments (Sutton Publishers) 2006
  • Lumley, Goff Amalgamations in the British Army 1660-2008 (Partizan Press 2009)
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50th_(Queen%27s_Own)_Regiment_of_Foot

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