The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment's Cadets
The Army Cadet Force
The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment had four affiliated ACF battalions which had been previously affiliated to either The Queen’s or the Surreys: the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 1st (London) Cadet Battalions.
|The Colour Unit (Lieut. K. Beard)|
The 1st Battalion was formerly The 1st Cadet Battalion The Queen’s, with its Companies at Selhurst GS, Redhill and Reigate, Dorking, Wallington, John Ruskin GS, and Croydon. The 2nd Cadet Battalion was the descendant of the other four Cadet Battalions of The Queen’s, and had its detachments at Woking, Bagshot, Farncombe, Yorktown, Haslemere, Guildford and Sheerwater. It also contained that famous old unit, The Frimley and Camberley Cadet Corps.
The 5th Cadet Battalion was renamed from the 4th/5th Cadet Battalion The East Surrey Regiment, which was the only remnant of five East Surrey Cadet units. Its Companies were located at Surbiton GS, Chessington, Cobham, Walton, Chertsey, Kingston, Leatherhead, Sutton and St Paul’s School Addlestone.
The 1st (London) Cadet Battalion, was descended from the old 1st London Cadet Battalion of The Queen’s, which was one of the oldest Cadet Battalions in England. It was based principally on Bermondsey, Lambeth and Southwark. In addition it received a number of independent units with Regimental links, such as the Cadet Company of The 23rd London Regiment and P,Q and R Cadet Batteries of 570 LAA Regiment RA (TA).
Other units now outside the Regiment, such as the RA Cadets at Farnham and Coulsden, the RASC at Caterham and the Parachute Regiment at Royal Russell School, had recently been rebadged under reorganisations of the ACF during the late 1950s. Like parts of the Territorial Army, some of these were to return to the Regimental fold in later years.
It is noteworthy that 1960 marked the centenary of the Surrey ACF, while 1965 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1st Cadet Battalion and the 75th of the 1st (London) Battalion. In 1965 the 1st Cadet Battalion was unique in holding a pair of Banners presented by the Ladies of Croydon. To mark the Golden Jubilee, new Banners were presented on 10th October at John Ruskin GS by the Colonel of the Regiment. The old Banners were later laid up in Croydon Parish Church, on 1st December 1965, next to the old Colours of the 4th Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment (TA).
The Combined Cadet Force
The origins of the CCF units of the Regiment are at least as old as those of the ACF, although their role is different. Over the years, many future Officers began their Military education in these Corps.
The first units were raised as Rifle Volunteer Corps at Charterhouse (1870); Whitgift School (1874 - for many years attached to 1st VB The Queen’s and 4th Queen’s TA); Dulwich College (1877); Epsom College (1890); Cranleigh School (1900); Beaumont College (1906); Reigate School (1907) and The Royal Grammar School Guildford. In 1908 all these units were affiliated to the junior division of the Officers’ Training Corps.
Renamed the Combined Cadet Force in 1946, these units were joined
by several contingents which had been Companies of Cadet or Territorial
Battalions since their earliest years. These included Rutlish School
(1935); Sutton County School, Kingston School and Farnham School
(1949); Reeds School (1957); Gordon Boys School (1958); Ottershaw,
raised in 1963; and the contingents at Trinity School, Croydon,
Royal Russell School and John Ruskin School. Lastly Caterham School,
which was raised in 1980.
(GS - Grammar School)