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Royal West Kent Regiment

Frances Gould

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My parental Grandfather was 11th Battalion AIF, Gallipoli Veteran. 
His service record says that he served with the Queen’s Royal West Kent Regiment for 4 1/2 years before emigrating to Western Australia, and then enlisting in WW1.

I would like to know more about the regiment and particularly if any service records exist for him during his Kent enlistment.

Edward Henry MARTIN 

thank you 

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Hi and welcome to the forum

check out the LongLong Trail on the tab at top of page


also try war Diaries at National Archive Search results: Royal West Kent Regiment | The National Archives

If you have his service number, Gate and place of birth it will help us search




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Thank you for the prompt reply. Much appreciated. 
I only have his AIF service number (Aus). This was 804

He was born 10 November 1888 in Tunbridge Wells. 
Perhaps 1 Main Street. And I also have (what looks like) “Rusthall” 

His father’s name was Horace.

kind regards 

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Hello Frances, and welcome to the Forum!

If he served with the AIF at Gallipoli, it is unlikely that any of his service with the Royal West Kents was during the Great War.

The regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the so-called "Cardwell reforms", which merged two of the former numbered regiments of Foot: in this case the 50th and 97th. The 50th were nicknamed "the Dirty Half Hundred" because of the black collars and cuffs of their full dress tunics.

There are regimental histories for the Great War period, but also one covering 1881 to 1914, which is available from World of Books:


Incidentally my mother's father served with the West Kents during the war, and survived.


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Thank you. As I have said his service with the Kent Regiment was before he emigrated and then enlisted here for WW1 service.

thank you

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Thank you. I’ve only just begun this journey but will be sure to have a look.

thank you 👍

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