Laying Up Colours 1963


On Saturday 5th Oct 1963 the Colours of the 1st Battalion The Buffs and the 1st Battalion the Q O Royal West Kent Regiment were laid up in Canterbury Cathedral. The Buffs' Colours were only recently presented to them, in 1955, by King Frederik IX of Denmark. The West Kent Colours dated back to 1938. The Colours were escorted from Wenyss Barracks to the Cathedral with the Band and Corps of Drums of the new amalgamated regiment. The details of the service were written up in the Bulletin of the Military Historical Society vol XIV no.55 (Feb 1964). The service was attended by Major-General D E B Talbot, the Deputy Colonel of The Queen's Own Buffs. The photo shows the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, Lt-Col H B H Waring handing the Buffs Colours to the Dean of Canterbury who laid them on the altar. Afterwards the Mayor of Canterbury took the salute as the new Queen's Own Buffs Colours were marched, with the regiment, through the streets of the city. These Colours were presented by King Frederik in 1962.


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by Stephen Luscombe