Burton's military career began in the 2nd Troop of Horse Grenadier Guards, where he rose to the rank of major, serving under George Augustus Eliott, the defender of Gibraltar. In 1754, Burton was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 48th Foot, which was involved in the captures of Quebec in 1759 and Martinique and Havanna in 1762. In 1760, General Jeffery Amherst, Governor General of British North America, appointed him lieutenant governor of the Trois-Rivières district while New France remained under British military rule.
On 23rd December 1947 came the welcome announcement of the appointment of His Majesty, King Frederick IX of Denmark as Colonel-in-Chief of The Buffs, in succession to his father. Following in his father’s footsteps, King Frederick maintained a very close relationship with the Regiment. On Wednesday March 1st, 1961, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) were amalgamated with The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment to form 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Buffs (The Royal Kent Regiment). King Frederick was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the new regiment.
This painting depicts Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DOO, by the artist Henry Grant in 1921.
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DSO, 2/22nd The London Regiment (The Queen's) was awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and leadership at Tel Esh Sheria, 3rd Battle of Gaza, on the 7th November 1917, his citation reads:
On display in the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. This oil on canvas depicts an officer of one of the Battalion’s antecedent regiments, who cemented his name in history as a result of his heroic actions during the Crimean War.
The painting by Leslie Arthur Wilcox was commissioned by the Royal Hampshire Regiment and is oil on canvas 60 x 105cms.
This painting depicts Her Royal Highness Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, which hangs in the Officers' Mess of the 3rd Battalion, in Canterbury
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark married Prince George on 29 November 1934, the first to be broadcast on radio, having met at a party at Claridge’s Hotel Mayfair, hosted by her sister Olga and brother–in-law, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia.
Just before the marriage King George V created Prince George Duke of Kent, Earl of St Andrews and Baron Downpatrick, meaning that on the marriage, Princess Marina becomes the Duchess of Kent.
Queen Catherine of Braganza, Portrait circa late 17th century, wife of King Charles II.
Sergeant Major Desmond Lynch served in The Queen’s Royal Regiment, including during the 2nd China War, and on retirement from the regular army joined the Royal Surrey Militia as an instructor.
Sadly missing in action, due to the Fire at Clandon House (Nov 15)
The defeat of the Sikhs at the Battle of Sobraon on the 10th February 1846 marked the end of the 1st Sikh War. The British assaulted the enemy positions, but received heavy casualties and at one point it was thought that the battle was lost. Both officers carrying the Colours of the 31st were killed, and at that moment when defeat seemed inevitable, Sergeant Bernard McCabe of the 31st picked up the Regimental Colour, dashed forward under heavy fire and planted it on the highest point of the Sikh entrenchment.
On the 7th of February, 1825 the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment marched to Gravesend to embark for Calcutta on board the Honourable East India Company’s ship Kent, under Major Tovey. The voyage of the right wing of the regiment was the subject of a catastrophe by fire during a storm in the Bay of Biscay. On board were some 640 people. The ship was crowded and uncomfortable and was loaded with 100 tons of shot and shell as well as the victuals and equipment for the voyage.