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Although smoking is no longer a universal pursuit in the Officers’ Mess this piece remains an important one. This is largely due to the impressive Buffs (or Tudor) dragon that surmounts the spacious two lidded cigarette box. It was bequeathed to the Regiment from the estate of the Late Sir Courtney Vyvian and forms one of the more intricate, as well as Regimentally anchored, interest pieces within the 2nd Battalion Mess.

The inscription reads, “Presented to the Colonel Sir Courtney Vyvian CBN CMG by his brother Officers in the Buffs 1929.”


Silver statuette of a Buffs WW2 soldier 1944. Regt with presentation plate engraved, 'Officers of the 1st Bn 1954.


Presented to the Officer's of the 2nd Battalion The Buffs by:

Captain HD De La Hill, Captain AD Geddess and Captain RGA Marriott in 1989.


This Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) battledress is a 1949 pattern battle blouse issued in1955 in a size 6.

The name inside looks like RANDAY (or it could be RANDAL). He held the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS) and equates to the rank of Staff or Colour Sergeant.

The shoulder title is a woven "Buffs".

The flash is of the 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division (Embroidered red oval/yellow trident – 1956 pattern).

Colour Sergeant Randay was awarded the following medals. They are, looking from left to right:
Top row: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star


A Bugle carried by Drum Major J. Hutchinson, 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, throughout the 1914-1918 war.


The item of property in the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess of 1st Battalion The Queen's Regiment was presented by WO1 (RSM) TR Farrow to the Mess on Commissioning. This is a piece of furniture with slots available for each of the Company Sergeant Majors to place their head-dress and pace sticks. Additionally there is a slot for the Regimental Sergeant Major as well. This is placed at the entrance to the Mess and gives anyone entering an early warning as to whom may be present within.


Captain James Harris was commissioned into the 1/4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. In the First World War he served initially in India before being sent with the Battalion to Mesopotamia in March 1915 but was taken prisoner by the Turks after the fall of Kut al Amara in April 1916.

Allied soldiers who had been taken prisoner by the Turks were not well treated at all; they were forced to undertake hard physical work, primarily building the railway across Turkey. They were regularly starved and beaten and at least 65% of them died while in captivity.


On the 1st July 1916, under heavy enemy fire, 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment were waiting ready to go 'over the top' in the first Battle of the Somme. Captain WP (Billie) Nevill, commanding B Company had purchased four footballs for his platoons to kick across 'No Man's Land'. Captain Nevill promised a reward to the first platoon to score a 'goal' in enemy trenches.


Lt Col CDV Cary-Barnard DSO was originally commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment but transferred and commanded the 15th Battalion the Hampshire Regiment and between 20th June 1916 and November 1918 he recorded in an Army issue note book (AFB 152) various reports about the Battalion’s actions (intelligence reports, patrol reports) and in particular drafted the citations (and the final award) that he submitted for gallantry awards for members of his Battalion.


The traditions of the Regiment have been maintained and developed by ‘The Tigers’, as shown in this history. Part of maintaining this tradition includes ceremonial activity, which began with the Regimental Review in Canterbury in June 1993. The other major events have been the Presentation of New Colours to the 2nd Battalion in 1995 by the then Colonel-in-Chief, Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, followed by the presentation of New Colours to the 1st Battalion in 1997 by the Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Both events occurred at Howe Barracks, Canterbury.