2nd COY., 1st "C" BATTALION. BEDSí AND HERTSí REGIMENT.
NINETEENTH ANNIVERSARY SUPPER
On Friday, 4 th December, 1964, this anniversary supper was held at 7 p. m. in the dining hall. Sixty-five all ranks and fifteen
guests were present. The guests of honour were our Headmaster, Mr. R. F. Wheatley, B. SC., with Mrs Wheatley; Mr. and Mrs.
Embleton; Captain R. Ainslie, second-in-command of the Battalion; Captain P. Procter, Adjutant; Colour-Sergeant Edwards and
Sergeant Englefield, who represented their respective detachments. Our other friends Mr. and Mrs. Halfhyde and Jeanette, Mr.
Newton, Mrs. Whittaker (wife of Lieut. Whittaker) and Mr. D. AlIen were also present. As the guests came into supper a fanfare
of welcome was blown to the roll of drums by Sgt. Linnell and L / Cpls. Merrifield and Olbison.
An excellent supper of soup, chicken pie, peas and chips, followed by trifle, coffee, fruits and sweets was enjoyed by all.
After supper the Headmaster spoke and welcomed our guests, making special mention of the work of Captain Culver (Skipper)
and said how glad he was to know that the Cadets would be able to carry on under the command of Lieut. Whittaker when Captain
Culver retired from the A.C.F. at the end of March. Mr. Wheatley went on to say that although Captain Culver was well over the
retiring age for Cadet officers, he would still be giving his service to the School for a few more years.
Following the Headmaster, Captain Culver said that although he was retiring he would always be willing to lend a hand if required,
and wished Lieut. Whittaker every success, and reported that Mr. D. Allen, who had been appointed as P. E. teacher to the School
would also be joining the Company. Captain Culver then went on to give details of the Company's achievements since its
formation in 1945, stating that 1,098 boys had passed' through, many of whom had later made the Army their career.
Of the Corps of Drums, Captain Culver said. their services were always welcomed throughout the County, and through the Corps
the Company had established many good friends. In conclusion Captain Culver said that the keynote of success as a Cadet was
esprit de corps and loyalty to the Headmaster, the School, and the Company. Captain Culver said he likened himself to a bottle of
ink spilled on to blotting paper, some parts getting more ink than others the boys being the blotting paper.
A bouquet of flowers was then presented to each of the lady guests, after which Mrs. Wheatley presented the following awards:
Proficiency Shield to Numbers 5 and 6 sections, who tied for first place; Cup for the Best Bugler of the year: L /. Cpl. Merrifield;
Perry Cup for the most helpful Cadet of the year: Sgt. Linnell; Longest Serving Cadet: Drum-Major Fletcher; Newest Cadet: Cadet
Mrs. Embleton then made the following appointments: A. L / Cpls. Merrifield, Hoyle and Coppin to L / Cpl. Section Commanders;
Service Chevrons to Drum-Major Fletcher, and 23 Cadets.
In appreciation for his services Captain Culver received a pipe, tobacco, and a writing set from all ranks of the Company, and as
he left the hall everyone joined in the singing of 'For he's a jolly good fellow'
A. P. CULVER, Captain, O. I. C
From Company notes Goldonian Spring 1965