2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.
CADET NOTES

COMPANY NOTES

now have the services of C. S. M. Hutchins, who is seconded to the Company for drill and training. Mr. Hutchin is certainly
making himself felt, and fills a long need for additional adult instructors and it is a pity that we could not have had this help over
the last sixteen years; I feel sure that we could have brought more honours on the training side as we have done for the Battalion
on the sporting side.
Capt. R. Davis is also seconded to the Company for training and we are pleased to have him as he is well known to the Company.
My anticipated extension of service came through so I shall be carrying on until March 1963. This will complete over seventeen
years' service with the A. C. F.; seventeen years with many successes, some disappointments and frustrations, but with the
knowledge that this Company has been of valuable assistance to the Battalion in many ways. Owing to the various staff
difficulties we have been unable to celebrate our 16th Anniversary which was on the 4 th December; however, all being well we
shall have had our Annual Supper and celebration by the" time these notes are in print.
In the A. C. F. boxing for the season 1961-62 we had six entries for the South Eastern Area Finals. They were Cadets: Lau, Parry,
Marsh, J., Marsh, P., Bishop, and Kennedy. The competition took place at Woolwich on the 7th January. Cadets Parry, Lau, and
Marsh, J. won their bouts and went on to the South National boxing semi-finals on the 3rd February at Aldershot. All three put up
an excellent display of determination and were only beaten on points by those redoubtable boxers from Glamorgan who live and
breath boxing throughout the year.
In the A. C. F. football the following cadets from this Company have consistently played for the Battalion and done well
throughout the season, thus helping the Battalion to win the Inter-PreServices Cup on the 18 th March; Cadets, Bishop, Lau,
Kennedy, Mason, Gee, Carman, Hoy, Dawkins, Thompson, D., and Antonio. Well done lads!
We were well represented in the Inter-Battalion and Inter-PreServices Cross Country which was held at St. Albans on the 4 th
March. Two teams entered. In the Junior team were Cadets; Lau, Parry, Bowden, T., Barrett, Thompson, D., Moody, Ireland, W.,
and Collinson, W. Thompson was first home for the Juniors. The senior team was as follows: Cadets; Bishop, Kennedy, Gee,
Carman, Davison, Parry, Stevens, and Antonio. Cadet Bishop was first home for the seniors. We won both the Senior and Junior
Cups for the Battalion. Good old No. 2 Company!
On the 19 th April Cadets Bishop, Kennedy, Lau, Hoy, and CpI Gee with Captain Culver are going to Ostend for five days, and
they (the cadets) will be playing one football match in Ostend and one in Holland. They will be going with other cadets from the
Battalion and under the command of Lt.-Col. A. Andrews, D.S.a., G.B.E. I would like to thank our H.Q. at 'Stepney for making it
possible for us to go on this interesting trip.
On the 16th March we were visited by Col. Simmons, T.A., Col. S. Burr, the County Commandant, and Col. Giles, the County
Secretary for Hertfordshire A.C.F. We were pleased to have them with us for they know the difficulties and problems of this
Company, which have been like the old man of the sea, with us for years.
We shall not be going to the annual camp again this year for it would 'cause much disorganization in the School schedules and
routine; this will be a disappointment to the cadets but is unavoidable.
We are looking forward to the spring training and the lighter evenings for then more interesting and constructive training can be
carried out.
Quite a number of the Company have entered for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. This is being done through the
School and the boys have a good start having so many activities which will help them to qualify for the various degrees of the
award. This is an excellent scheme which has nation-wide appeal; it is non-competitive but it does encourage the boy to try to
reach the standards laid down without being regimented and allowing him to think for himself developing his· powers of
self -determination and initiative.
We enjoyed a happy Christmas and now the Easter holidays are on us I do hope that all ranks will have a pleasant holiday and I
look forward to a very enjoyable spring term.

A. P. CULVER, Captain, O. I. C

CORPS OF DRUMS

I must start these notes by saying thank you to Drum Major Allan Logan who has now settled in Dundee and is doing well at his
job; he has also joined a pipe band there. Allan did a good job as Drum Major and introduced several new march ideas.
Stephen Furnise was promoted to the important post of Drum Major on the 26 th January; up to date he has not led the Corps on a
public parade but he is very keen; it is possible that we shall lose him to restoration as we did his brother who was also a Drum
Major.
Neville Fletcher will be the next Drum-Major for he has already led the parade in public at the Balls Park Training College
Students' Rag on the 17 th March. He too is a very smart lad and should be a worthy successor to Stephen.
On the 26 th February Mr. Pipe, the secretary of the Nazeing Royal Air Force Association, came to Goldings to present a beautiful
silver cup to the best bugler in the Corps of Drums. This was done during the interval of the gala dance in the gymnasium and
Cpl. D. Gee was the deserved recipient of this cup. Mr. Pipe also officially invested Stephen Furnise as Drum-Major after
presenting the cup.
The Corps of Drums, as previously mentioned, led the parade at the Students' Rag in Hertford on Saturday, 17 th March, and they
were congratulated by many people. A letter of appreciation was sent by the secretary of the Rag Committee which I was very
pleased to receive on behalf of the boys.
I must thank the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (T. A.) for a very welcome gift of dress cords this is a most useful gift
and is greatly appreciated. One of our biggest problems is the maintenance of equipment and I am always pleased to receive gifts
of such a useful nature.
Owing to the School being on its summer holidays the Corps of Drums are unable to accept the offer to play at the Royal
Tournament in July; we have had the honour of playing there three times during the last ten years and it is unfortunate that we
shall not be there this year.
There have been many requests for the services of the Corps for this year but I shall have to look ahead and be sure that there
will be enough of the senior members left, for the time is drawing near when a number of them will leave for situations; however,
no doubt we shall give our services whenever it is possible to do so. We have a motto which says 'never been known to fail', so
buck up you young ones and keep up the standard of the boys that will be leaving.

A. P. CULVER, Captain O.I.C.

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I was sorry that we were unable to attend the annual battalion camp this year which was for two weeks; this was unavoidable
however, for it could have disorganized the whole of the School routine; perhaps we shall be able to attend the two weeks' camp
at Dibgate next year, all being well.
We have lost many of the older boys since my last notes and I wish them all success in their new life. The strength of the
Company is now sixty-eight, for a number of new boys have joined us and we shall now be able to build up a good Company
capable of taking the place of the lads who have left and still contributing to the Battalion our quota of sportsmen, etc.
I would like to congratulate Cadets Kennedy, Bishop, Hoy, and Corporal Gee on getting in the Battalion senior football team, we
also have a number selected to play for the junior team and I know that they will all give a good account of themselves.
Our winter training programme is now well under way and I would like to put on record my thanks to the Army Kinema
Corporation for their continued co-operation in sending regularly each month training and documentary films as requested.
Much can be learned with the eye as by other means and these films are a great help to us.
We hope to receive the help in training we so badly need for soon we shall be able to avail ourselves of the services of R. S. M
Hutchins who is now established in the Battalion. I shall welcome him and know that he will be able to do much to bring our
raining up to a high standard.
The Company will be celebrating sixteen years' service with the Battalion in December. It was On the 4th December, 1945, that
we formed with a nucleus of thirty-five boys; since that date 951 boys have passed through the Company and many have gone
into the Services and are doing very well. It is heart warming to receive letters from many of these ex-cadets, as well as the
occasional visit, and to know that they all have happy memories of their service in the Company.
In 1958 I should have retired from the Army Cadet Force having reached the age limit for officers, but each year I have received
a further extension of service; in March, 1962, I am again due for retirement but it is fairly certain that I shall be given a further
year's extension. When the time does come for me to retire I shall know that I have many happy memories of all the lads who
have so wonderfully built up the prestige of the Company over the years.
Soon Christmas will be with us so I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all ranks of this Company a very happy
Christmas wherever they may be and a successful New Year in their School and Cadet life.
I will close these notes with good wishes for the- festive season and the New Year to the Headmaster and family, the staff, our
Commanding Officer and all ranks in the Battalion.

A. P. CULVER, Captain, O.I.C

CORPS OF DRUMS

In my last notes I said goodbye to Drum-Major R. Smith and welcomed Peter Sugg on taking up the important job of Drum Major.
We have now had to say goodbye to Peter who has left the School; he was a very capable and smart lad as all our previous Drum
Majors have been. However, I seem to be lucky in selecting the new Drum Major, for Allan Logan has performed all his duties in
a very able manner and is most keen; he is always very smart and has introduced several new marching ideas into the Corps of
Drums. It is doubtful whether Allan will be with us after Christmas and whoever is appointed for this important job will have a
star to aim at for he will have the high standard of past Drum Majors to live up to.
Recently we said goodbye to our bass drummer Pat. Snowden; he was a very keen lad and I do thank him for his loyalty and
keenness to the band.
John Mason has taken On the duties of bass drummer and I know that he too will give of his best.
I seem to be continually saying goodbye in these notes, and although I am sorry to lose these lads who have done so much to build
up the high standard in the Corps of Drums I know that nothing stands still in this life and one must press on and welcome and
encourage the new lad.
During the winter training we shall strive to bring up the new boys to our normal high standard and so keep ourselves in the
forefront throughout the county.
Since my last notes the Corps of Drums have carried out the following engagements:
On Ist July they gave a display of marching and playing ending with 'Beating the Retreat' at the Barnardo Helpers' League fete at
St. Albans. Mr. Clarke, our Sergeant Instructor, was in command and the boys were much applauded for a very fine display.
They went to Hatfield on the 20th September, and again received much praise for an excellent display. We took part in the Battle
of Britain service at Nazeing on the 24th September, after leading the parade the Last Post and Reveille were sounded to the roll
of drums; this was most impressive.
During September we took part in the Y.M.C.A. Centenary parade and service and also attended the Commanding Officers'
inspection parade at Royston on the 24th. After the inspection the Corps gave an impromptu display which was greatly
appreciated. The Commanding Officer later sending us a letter of thanks.
We were busy on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November, when the Corps went to Puckeridge in the morning and lead the British
Legion parade to Standon Church. During the service CpI. Furnise and Cadet Poole sounded the Last Post and Reveille in the
church.
After the service the salute was taken by the High Sheriff for Hertfordshire, Brigadier Hanbury Pawle.
In the afternoon we led the British Legion parade at Roydon and after the service the Last Post and Reveille were sounded to the
roll of drums. Lt.-General Sir Arthur Smith was on this parade and gave a very inspiring address.
In the evening Cpl. Gee and Cadet Mathews with R. Furley sounded the Last Post and Reveille at the service in the School Chapel.
I wish to thank R. Furley for helping out during the day at Waterford and Watton. Also L. Browning for doing the School calls
whilst we were away.
We also had duty buglers at Wheathampstead, Hertingfordbury, Letty Green, and Stanstead Abbotts.
This completes our engagements for this year and we shall be able to concentrate on building up our strength of good buglers, as
already I have requests for the services of the Corps of Drums for next year.
I would like to end these notes with all good wishes for the festive season and for a successful New Year to all ranks, and to the
Headmaster and family.

A. P. CULVER, Captain O. I. C.

2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.
CADET NOTES

COMPANY NOTES

2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.
CADET NOTES

COMPANY NOTES

We started our fifteenth year with the Regiment by being hosts to the Army Cadet Force South-Eastern Command Boxing Finals.
Everyone concerned are sincerely thanked for making the evening of 9th January, 1960, such a success, especially Mr. Newton,
our P. T. I., for the excellent arrangements and decorations of the gymnasium, Mr. Eley, our chef, for the supper arrangements, to
Mr and Mrs. Cranie for their work in the dining hall, and to our Headmaster for being host to the many V. I. P. s and officials who
attended the boxing.
In the morning preliminary bouts were fought, and eight entries were entered from this Company; from these two boxed and the
others were unable to be matched. Cadet Beresford lost his bout by a narrow margin and L/Cpl. Peterson won.
In the evening L/CpI. Peterson won again and so went on to the A.C.F. National Semi-Finals at Bicester on the 30th January,
1960, and here he fought Cadet Lewis from Oxfordshire. Lewis just out pointed L/Cpl. Peterson but both lads put up a very
spirited performance. Six of our boys were chosen to play for the Battalion in the Junior A.C.F. Football and are doing very well.
We entered a team of seniors and juniors in the A. C .F. Cross-country which was held at St. Albans on the 13th March, 1960, and
our junior team came first and senior team second. Individual achievements were Cadet C. Bishop first for the Company (junior),
and Cdt. Bainton first for the Company (senior). The Battalion won three cups in all, viz.: Junior Inter-Pre-Services Cup; Senior Inter-
Battalion Cup, and Junior Inter-Battalion Cup.
At the .recent Certificate 'A', Part I examinations we entered two boys and Cdt. C. Sainsbury gained his half star.
Our training is going on steadily and we are looking forward to the lighter evenings when we shall be able to get out each Friday.
Since my last notes we have said goodbye to Sergeant Chaytors and L/Cpl. Maidment and the following promotions have now been
made: CpI. Smith, to Sgt. i/c No. I platoon, L /CpIs Copping, Capon, and Meek to Corporals and Cadets Bishop, Browning, Baldry,
and Logan to Lance Corporals.
We have not had the services of C. S. M. Hutchins of the 3rd East Anglian Regiment for a long time as he is on other duties, and I must
thank all my N. C. O. s for their keenness and being able to assist in instruction; without trained N.C.O.s I should be unable to give
adequate instruction for we are seventy-nine strong and it would be too much for one officer to carry on.
On Tuesday, 1st March, 1960, the School and Company were honoured by having the Duke of Edinburgh's Banner on view. Sgt.
Campbell and Sgt. Smith, I. carried out their two-hour guard of the Banner in a very smart and able manner. The Banner was presented·
to the Army Cadet Force in honour of their Centenary Year and is being displayed in all counties throughout Great Britain. It will
finally be lodged at the A.C.F. Training College at Frimley Park near Camberley.

A. P. CULVER, Captain, O. I. C

CORPS OF DRUMS

The Corps of Drums are getting prepared for the many engagements booked up until the Wimbledon fortnight and our strength is
forty-one all ranks. The winter has been rather trying owing to lack of space and a suitable building to practice in; however, the
standard of playing and smartness has been maintained and we shall soon be able to use the parade ground in the evenings.
On the 28th February, 1960, the Corps of Drums had a long day, they left the School at 11.30 a.m. and returned at 7.30 p.m. During
the day they went to ·Watford to meet the Duke of Edinburgh's Banner which is being displayed in all counties of Great Britain in
honour of the Army Cadet Force Centenary year. The 'Banner was trooped through the ranks of cadets and then, led by our Corps of
Drums, was paraded through the main streets of Watford. The Mayor and Corporation took the salute at the march past. After the
parade the Mayor said how pleased he was with the smartness and playing of the boys from Goldings.
We then went to Barnet and met the Banner there. The buglers sounded a general salute and the Banner was then trooped and
afterwards paraded through the main streets, the parade ended at the T.A. centre at Barnet; again the boys were praised for their
bearing and playing.
Finally the Corps of Drums met the Banner at Hemel Hempstead where it was again trooped and paraded through the streets to the
T.A. centre. The boys had tea and then returned to the School after a very busy day; many photographs were taken by the local press
in each town and it is hoped to show these shortly.
The Corps of Drums will be on parade at Welham on 14 th May, 1960, and at the Hertfordshire County Show on 19 th May, 1960,
at St. Albans; also at Hitchin when the Centenary Displays are held there. On the 29 th May, 1960, the Corps of Drums will lead the
parade to St. Albans Abbey for the Centenary Service, on 6th June, 1960, they will be at Ashwell and at Cheshunt on 11 th June, 1960.
They will be at Barkingside to give a display at the Inter-Homes Athletics on the 16th June, 1960.
From Monday, 20 th June, 1960, to the 2nd July, 1960, a large number of the Corps of Drums with other lads of the School will be
doing duty at Wimbledon for the tennis championships, so we shall be unable to accept any engagements during that period.
Before closing these notes I would like to thank Mr. Sheppard our art master who is gradually repainting our drums; these have not
been renovated since Mr. Brooks did them in 1946.

A. P. CULVER, Captain O. I. C.

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