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A Captain of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment), as a Prisoner-of-war at Gütersloh Camp in Westphalia, Germany, 1916

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The sitter is believed to be Captain Frederick Whittaker Watson, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), a captain in his late forties, interned at Gütersloh from October 1915. Commanded by Colonel Frederick Charles Romer, the battalion arrived in France on 1 September 1915 and took part in the Battle of Loos on 25 and 26 September. It suffered devastating casualties on the night of the 26th, loosing 24 officers and 610 other ranks killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 52.5 x W 41.2 cm (E)

Accession number

NAM. 2001-04-332

Acquisition method

gift from the Trustees of the Buffs Regimental Museum, 2001

Work type


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