127 Gates

Long ago, regiments were recruited by the ‘Lord of The Major’ to fight for King and Country (there being no ‘standing army’ at the time). As they were local men they had regiment names that showed from where they came.

They also had their private churches, the ‘Buffs’ chapel is in Canterbury Cathedral. As an aside there is a saying, allegedly, from the Crimean war ” Forward The Buffs’ regarding a terrible advance into the enemy fire. I personally believe this saying may be attributable to a previous battle.

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8 Responses to 127 Gates

  1. jackscrap says:

    Great piece of history, and I love the dragon crest in the gate.

  2. 4howwie4 says:

    Thank you.

    • 4howwie4 says:

      From an Australian point of view, I recently (today) found out that they served in New South Wales during the period 1821-1827, based variously in Sydney, Hobart, Port Dalrymple etc.

  3. lsvejda says:

    The gate with the slogan and dragon crest and the history of the saying are very interesting.

    • 4howwie4 says:

      I am afraid that I must admit to ‘foot in mouth ‘ time otherwise known as not checking facts before opening said orifice.
      The origin of the Saying ‘steady the Buffs’ comes not from the battlefield but more prosaically from the parade ground when some recruits were about to march in disarray in front of a rival regiment (the 21st Fusiliers) when the Adjutant called out ‘steady the Buffs, the Fusiliers are watching’.
      I apologise for my error, but quite honestly, cannot see an Adjutant being quite so polite to the men if tthweir were no Ladies around.

  4. Tammy says:

    I love the soft glow from the lighting in this…it shows off that gate even more!

    • 4howwie4 says:

      Alas the Buffs no longer exist except in memory due to reorganisation of the regiments.
      However, hopefully they will live in memory as long as there are monuments such as these.

  5. PC PHOTO says:

    the ambient lighting is great

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