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Steady The Buffs!A Regiment, a Region, and the Great War$
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Mark Connelly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278602.001.0001

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This chapter shows that throughout the war the Buffs maintained close contact with its host community in East Kent regardless of the fact that the demographic complexion of the battalions altered during the conflict. This was reciprocated by the civilian communities of East Kent which continued to view the men in the trenches as ‘their boys’. Communication was maintained via a continual interchange of information. This regular communication reflected the pride felt by the communities of East Kent for the Buffs, and ensured a high profile for the regiment throughout the war. In the immediate post-war period the Buffs and the people of East Kent came together to commemorate and remember their dead in pride and sorrow through the creation and production of a variety of memorials. These memorials then linked the military community the men, both dead and living, had found in the Buffs with their families and homes.

Keywords:   East Kent, battalions, the Buffs

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