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Helmet Plate of The Royal West Kent Regiment

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

It was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of:

It was formerly known as:

  • 1881–1920 The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
  • 1920–1921 The Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen's Own)
  • 1921–1961 The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

It was popularly, and operationally, known as the "Royal West Kents."

In 1961 it amalgamated with The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) to form The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment.

The Home Guard platoon in the BBC series Dad's Army wore the cap badge of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

Traditionally, the men of West Kent are known as 'Kentish Men', whereas those of the East are 'Men of Kent'.

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