The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1961. The regimental district from which it recruited was the western half of the historic county of Kent, including much of south east London (the area covered by the the modern London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham).
It was formed as The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) as part of the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot and the 97th (Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot. In January 1921, it was renamed The Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen's Own) and in April of the same year The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. In 1961 it was amalgamated with The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) to form The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment. It was popularly, and operationally, known as the "Royal West Kents."
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