50th Regiment of Foot

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Also known as The Royal West Kent Regiment


  • 1755 raised as the 52nd Regiment of Foot
  • 1757 renumbered 50th Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became the 50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot
  • 1827 became the 50th (Duke of Clarence's) Regiment of Foot
  • 1831 became the 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 97th Regiment of Foot and became the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
  • 1920 became The Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen's Own)
  • 1921 became The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
  • 1961 amalgamated with The Buffs to form The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment

Kent Cyclist Battalion (Territorial Force), WW1

This Battalion was a separate Battalion, probably not part of the Royal West Kent Regiment, in India March 1916 to November 1919.

There was a history published, History of the Kent Cyclist Battalion, Territorial Force, 1908-20 by Cyril Bristow. Paperback, 132 Pages, Published 1986. ISBN 0-9512880-0-8. Available at the British Library, UIN: BLL01011838757. There is also what seems to be a different publication UIN: BLL01011840162.

Regimental Journal

The “Queen's Own” Gazette
Publication Details: Kinsale, Edinburgh Castle, etc., 1876-1961
The British Library appears to hold most editions, but some are missing. UIN: BLL01001097053
Some editions are available online, refer below.

External links

Historical books online