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The Buffs: East Kent Regiment 

Location: Explorers & Collectors

Orginating in Tudor times, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) is one of the oldest in the British army, named after the creamy-brown colour of much of its uniform. The regiment's collections used to be housed in Canterbury and are now in the care of the National Army Museum, which has loaned items to the Beaney. On display is a range of items from Napoleonic times to the Boer War, when The Buffs were involved in a succession of battles in defence of British interests and the emerging British Empire.

Items on display include:

  • The Latham Centrepiece of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot
  • Wooden dragon
  • Emergency ration pack from the Boer War in Africa, 1899 - 1902

Campaigns:

  • Peninsular War
  • Second China War
  • Boer War
The Latham Centrepiece of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library  © National Army Museum, London


The Latham Centrepiece of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot. Commemoration of Lt Matthew Latham's bravery in saving the King's Colours at the Battle of Albuhera, Spain, in 1811, during the Peninsular War with Napoleon.  © National Army Museum, London.