The Combined Cadet Force Photo Collection.

The Officers Training Corps (OTC), the forerunner of the CCF, existed as early as 1908.

         

Originally the OTC and CCF Army Section were part of the Dorsetshire Regiment (left cap badge above). The Dorsets became the Devonshire and Dorsetshire Regiment in 1958 (centre badge), although I have no reports of the CCF cap badge changing at that time. In 1971, the Devon and Dorsets became the Wessex Regiment (right badge), part of the Territorial Army, and the CCF cap badges were changed accordingly.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) was started in 1948 by Mr SA Fox, and later became the RAF Section.
The Royal Navy Section was started in 1956 by Mr R Tompsett.

Here are various photos gathered in recent years from numerous sources.

The quality of some is somewhat below par, due in many cases to the copying process employed (e.g. re-photographing a hand-held original). If owners are able to make a better digital copy sometime and forward it to me, I would be very grateful.

My apologies to those whose names I have either got wrong or have forgotten. If you can put me right on any of these,
please e-mail me.

Two photos from the early war years, courtesy of Gordon Hutchinson:

1 - The earliest photo so far of the Officers Training Corps as it was originally called. This is from either 1939 or '40. Left to right:
Back row: A Moore, ?, G Hutchinson, I Digby, ?, ?, ?;
Middle row: ?, ?, ?, Capt Whitaker, Mr Hill, Tilling, ?, ?, ?;
Front row: (all unknown).
Note the earlier style of tunic, buttoned up to the neck, replaced with the open neck pattern in the early 1950's. Also note the forage caps, later replaced by khaki bonnets.

2 - One year later than the previous photo. Left to right:
Back row: ?, ?, E Burt, I Digby, ?, ?;
Middle row: ?, G Hutchinson, Capt Whitaker, Mr Hill, Tilling, J Piddon, ?;
Front row: G Rawlings, Hoskins, ?, ?.

3 - 2nd Battalion Dorset Home Guard 1944. General Sir Henry Jackson KCB, of Piddletrenthide, has pinned the ribbon of the MBE on D-Company's Commander Major DC Whitaker.
L to R: Major JD Belgrave DSO, Col CD Drew DSO OBE, Jackson, Whitaker.
Photo courtesy of John Pidgeon.

Three photos from the early post-war years, courtesy of Terry Parsons:

4 - Dorchester Grammar School CCF Inspection circa 1947:
Sgt with rifle at slope arms - John White;
Front rank - Terry Parsons, Ray Fooks, Alan Sully, Desmond Long, Gordon Jones;
Rear ranks - ?, P White, Moore, ?, Phillips.
Note that, whereas we wore black berets from the early 1950's, we see here the earlier bonnets made of the same khaki cloth as the battledress.

5 - CCF Signallers circa 1947:
Standing, with 38 sets - L/Cpl Ivor Brown, L/Cpl Cowper; Lying, with 18 set - Cpl Tony Rogers, David Willis, Terry Parsons.

6 - Dorchester Grammar School CCF Camp circa 1948: Capt. Joe Hopewell and Lt Col. Jimmy Whitaker. Joe Hopewell was a PT master, a real old soldier who had served in the 14th/20th King's Hussars. Note the unusual pattern of his tunic.

7 - Platoon inspection, around 1950. Personnel unidentified apart from Capt. Roussel extreme right.
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Goss.

Left: 8 - Cadet Brian Wheadon and right: 9 - Cadet Geoffrey Goss, around 1950. Photos taken in the back garden of Wheadon's home, 53 Coburg Road.
Photos courtesy of Geoffrey Goss.

10 - CCF Camp, Pirbright, July 1952, left to right:
Sgt M Turner, S/Sgt J Rawlins, CSM D Willis, Sgt J Dutot, SQMS J Biggs.
Photo courtesy of John Rawlins.

Sometime in the mid-'50s, the Inspecting Officer at the Annual General Inspection noticed that one cadet was proudly wearing a medal, and enquired about it. The cadet in question was GF Stansfield, and the medal was the Coronation Medal which he was awarded for singing in the choir at the coronation ceremony in 1953.
I was reminded of this story when watching the BBC TV programme Antiques Roadshow on 10 June 2012. Another chorister was showing his medal (see above) as well as the Order of Service, on which he had collected the autographs of many of his fellow chorister. The signature of GF Stansfield can be seen towards the lower left corner.
Left: 11 - The Coronation Medal; centre: 12 - The Order of Service front cover; right: 13 - the autographs.
Photos courtesy of the BBC.

14 - CCF Camp at Bourley, 1955: Dick Cleall left, Geoff Hutchings seated.
Photo courtesy of Bill Johnston.

15 - CCF Camp at Bourley, 1955: Chris Etherington saluting, Phil Daubney on his right, Dick Cleall on his left, IO Pinkham (?) on bugle, CL Kingman taking the salute.
Photo courtesy of Bill Johnston.

16 - L/Cpl Etherington.
Photo courtesy of Chris Etherington.

17 - The entire Hardye's School Combined Cadet Force in 1955. It would seem that the RAF section had only just been formed, judging by the size of it. The Royal Navy section was yet to come. The names are just about legible.
Photo courtesy of Chris Etherington.

18 - The Army section's Summer Camp at Bourley in 1955. Again, the names are a little difficult to read.
Photo courtesy of Chris Etherington.

19 - Probably CCF Camp at Bourley 1955: Captain Ken Batty (rear left), BJH Barnet (with mug), A Downton (centre), DJ Gould, DP Evans (right facing camera), JA Moore (extreme right).
Photo courtesy of Bill Johnston.

20 - CCF Annual Inspection - probably around 1955.
Photo courtesy of Bill Johnston.

21 - Occasion unidentified, probably around 1955, but clearly cadets from various Cadet Forces (note beret badges).
From Hardye's CCF: Front row: HMH Pain (extreme right);
Centre row: L/Cpl PM Thomas (second from left), Sgt Bill Johnston (extreme right);
Back row: Tim Bowen (third from right).
Bill Johnston writes: I think that picture must have been taken on one of the courses I attended. One was at HMS Heron, the Fleet Air Arm base near Yeovil.
It involved building a Bailey bridge and mucking around with explosives (!) - no, we didn't demolish the bridge afterwards - and I received a cloth badge showing an exploding grenade for attaching to my uniform.

Photo courtesy of Bill Johnston.

22 - The newly-formed Corps of Drums.
From left to right, Back row: NH Sherring, G Hunter, ?, ?, ?, one of the Banks twins, AL Woodhouse, EGB Moore, DJ Oliver, ?, IO Pinkham;
Front row: AE Gray, ?, ?, NH MacDonald, the other Banks twin, D Buckler.
Photo courtesy of Ian Pinkham, who writes:
"I was the one who suggested to CCF Commanding Officer Major Ken Batty that we should have a band in the CCF and consequently got the job of creating it!
This was the first ever photo of the band. I had a home made mace then because the funds didn't run to a proper one."

23 - This is one from the 1956 CCF Summer Camp, courtesy of Tony Williams. From left to right:

Standing: Cpt.R.Barras, Peter "Frank" Zealley, Ted Imms, John Saville, Peter Lawrence, U/O John Dillon, Neil Macdonald, Phil Daubeny, Drum Major IO Pinkham, Chris Etherington (in mufti), Tony Williams, Roger Newton, Brian Nattrass, ?, WJ Pope, RJ Hallett, CD Moore, Anthony 'Taffy' Evans, Bob Rench, ?, D Ralph?, Major K Batty. Seated or kneeling: Cpl Robin 'Reg' Graham, Peter Burke? (in blazer), John 'Luke' Townsend, John Ratcliffe, Chris Borries, Brian Gill, Martin Garner, GN Herbert, ?, Tim Bowen, ?, Andrew Nickell, Mick Northover, Nick Dennis, JM Cartwright?, Alan Congdon, John 'Spike' Hunt, ?, Alan Shaddick, Nick Prideaux, Tony Mugridge, Denis Howe?, John CA Hunt.

These next five photos have been kindly submitted by Neil Macdonald. 24 - Firstly, the man himself.

The Corps of Drums:
25 - Left: Neil is the drummer on the right, second row.
26 - Right: Neil is to the right of the bass drum.

27 - Left: The Corps of Drums under Drum Major I.O. Pinkham.
28 - Right - CCF Summer Camp followers at Eastleigh Station, 1956.
Left foreground: Chris Moore & Brian Gill.

29 - A photo probably taken at the dedication of the Memorial Gates in 1957.
Recognisable are: leading: CSM DP Evans; front rank, l to r: Sgt A 'Titch' Downton, Cpl JF Samways, CQMS Colin Kingman;
second rank: GP Vincent, CA Walton, (unknown); rear rank: IMT Hare, others unknown.
Photo courtesy of Francine, daughter of Colin Kingman.

30 - This photo was copied from the 1957 Durnovarian. It shows the Guard of Honour at the Dedication Ceremony of the new School Gates. Recognisable from left to right are: U/O RWB Cleall, Air Marshall Sir Geoffrey Tuttle, with Major K Batty behind, and from right to left: Cpl. PA Sedgwick, T Boucher, PR Tomes, RE Graham, JC Hughes, WI Birrell, FA Barber.

Ian Pinkham has kindly submitted two short movie clips.
This first one shows the Corps of Drums at the Dedication Ceremony of the new School Gates, when Ian was the Drum Major.
Clicking on the link below will pop-up a new small window, into which the movie will be downloaded and shown.
As the downloading may take a few minutes (depending on your Internet connection speed), you might care to continue browsing the rest of these CCF photos.
The movie will start automatically once loaded, but can be paused, replayed etc. at any time thereafter.

Show me the Dedication movie!



The second one shows the Corps of Drums during the 1957 Annual General Inspection.
Clicking on the link below will pop-up a new small window, into which the movie will be downloaded and shown.
As the downloading may take a few minutes (depending on your Internet connection speed), you might care to continue browsing the rest of these CCF photos.
The movie will start automatically once loaded, but can be paused, replayed etc. at any time thereafter.

Show me the 1957 AGI movie!



31 - The Corps of Drums 1957.
Left to right: Back row: WF Simms, G Hunter, AE Gray, AL Woodhouse, MJ Davies, IMT Hare, ?, ?;
Middle row: ?, CD Moore, ?, JE Forsyth, WJD Marshall, NG Hibbard, D Buckler, ?, ?;
Front row: One of the Banks twins, P Bell, ?, the other Banks twin, Drum Major IO Pinkham, KJG Milner, ?, DJ Oliver, NH Sherring.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Milner.

Here now are the photos of the 1958 Annual CCF Inspection - all taken by Nick Boultwood. The date was 12th of June, and the Inspecting Officer was Maj-Gen Duncan. These were originally shown on my first website. Under each, I have put the names of people that I can recognise and remember. The size of the group in many of these photos is often quite large and the clarity is not the best, making identification more difficult. The numbers are just for my reference purposes - please quote in correspondence. My apologies to those whose names I have either got wrong or have forgotten. If you can put me right on any of these, please e-mail me.

32 - Royal Navy section: Taunton-Rigby, Damen & "Ali" Barber leading, Tim Bowen in charge. And the Band played on...

33 - Under Officer "Tubby" Cleall, foreground, faces the parade, with CSM John Saville in front of the Army section, and (tall) Mike Snelling front row (feet obscured by Saville) are the only positive identifications I can make.

34 - Royal Air Force section (foreground), fronted by W/O Robin Tomes. The Corps of Drums in the background.

35 - RAF section. Front row from the right: I E Diffey, Graham Allen, R L Brown, J Boucher, R Davies, others unknown.

36 - Taking the Salute: P/O Rogers (nearest camera), F/Lt Joe Roberts, two visitors, Major Ken Batty, Maj-Gen Duncan on rostrum, visiting naval officer, Mr Tompsett (rank?), Captain R Barrass.

37 - U/O Cleall reports Hardye's School CCF ready for inspection.

38 - Inspection starts with the RN section, headed by Tim Bowen. Roger Newton(?) is being spoken to, John Perry stands to his right. "Luke" Townsend extreme left (Sorry - don't know the naval ranks.) Behind them, in the Army section, we see Cpl Robin Miller & L/Cpl Mick Humphrey (I think).

39 - Sergeant Ken Rushen is chatted, Mike Snelling stands to his left, Nigel Pitcher on his right.
(Mike Snelling is a gifted jazz clarinet player, and was even then. Earlier this year I heard a recording of him in a relatively recent group on BBC radio.)

40 - Mr A N Hamilton, Headmaster.

41 - RAF section. Front Rank, from left of picture: Sgt Payne, ?, Cpl JC Hughes, Nigel Newbery, Malcolm Freeth, Alan Neades. Middle Rank: Godfrey Lee, Denis Howe, Geoff Standring.

42 - RAF section: Front Rank, from left of picture: R L Brown, Graham Allen, I E Diffey. Godfrey Lee is two rows back behind Brown, and Will Pope is behind Diffey.

43 - Spectators seated by the Cricket Pavilion, including (l to r) Messrs Jimmy Whitaker, Stan Walton, Berry, Lambart (Assistant Housemaster at Southfields), Bertie Cruse, & Kenyon.

44 - Sixth Form Hut & Groundsman's Shed in background.

45 - Sgt RJ Hallett, with Ron Cave on his right. (Capt R Barrass, left - Click here for anecdote)

46 - In the centre, Sgt Banks.
Photo courtesy of Roy Carder.

47 - Inspecting Officer checks cadet's boots, while Ken Batty checks I.O.'s boots.

48 - Who's that 'orrible little man in front who can't resist looking over his shoulder when he's at attention? RSM Meakin ("The Mekon") from the Dorsetshire Regt barracks at the Top o' Town would've had his guts for garters - or worse.

49 - Cpl Nick Prideaux (Sgt Geoff Hunter in the background with the Corps of Drums).

50 - Here we see Cpls John Hunt, Mick Northover and Bob Rench, with U/O RWB Cleall, Maj-Gen Duncan, Major Ken Batty and CSM G Bartlett.
Photo courtesy of John Hunt.

51 - RN section marchpast, Moore leading, "Ali" Barber extreme right.

52 - End of RAF section (out of step!!), followed by the Corps of Drums.

53 - CSM John Reiss (Tim's elder brother).

Now some photos of the 1959 Annual General Inspection.

54 - First, the Inspecting Officer has a word with Bugler Barry Hunt.
On the extreme left is Tim Bowen of the Royal Navy Section. Drum Major Geoff Hunter stands by the Inspecting Officer. Right centre is PJM Hart, with L/Cpl RJ Fletcher in the background, and extreme right is L/Cpl Russell.
Photo courtesy of Barry Hunt.

Here are the only colour pictures I have, or have seen, taken during my time at Hardyes. They were the results of my early attempts with using and processing colour slide film (Ferraniacolor, if you're interested).

55 - This one shows Drum Major Geoff Hunter and his Corps of Drums.

56 - This is a rather blurred photo of our Denis Howe plus instructor flying a Tiger Moth over the School fields. Denis recently emailed me:-

"I had done a Flying Scholarship at Christchurch and I managed to persuade the powers that be, to let me and my instructor (a maniac by the name of Jack Stone) fly down and give an aerobatic display. Needless to say, it was Jack who was the pilot in charge for the tricky stuff... He really knew how to make a Tiger perform and we did a whole series of wild things - starting the display routine with a spin, a recovery and then into a double loop... well, that got everyones attention! We then went on to do slow rolls (at low level), falling leafs etc etc and at the end buzzed the playing fields - "Swampy" Brookfield (our biology teacher and keen photographer) attracted Jack's attention. Jack spotted him standing in the middle of the playing fields, taking pictures - so Jack gave him the chance for a unique close up of a Tiger Moth approaching at 5ft above the ground. I don't know if Swampy managed to click the shutter at the right moment, but as we passed incredibly low over him, he fell backwards - giving the impression that we'd hit him! - but we hadn't - and he quickly jumped to his feet to the obvious relief of everyone watching! I believe that Swampy's wife was there and was very pregnant - so I was very relieved that the shock hadn't affected her. The next day, Mr Hamilton, the Headmaster asked me if my mother was watching, and I replied that, no she wasn't able to be there - to which he replied "Well, just as well she wasn't"... "

57 & 58 - Finally we see two photos of a Royal Navy helicopter from 781 Naval Air Squadron at Portland demonstrating a simulated rescue operation.

Geoff Standring's photos from our 1959 RAF Summer Camp to RAF Wildenrath, Germany, which was arranged by a fortunate liaison between Fl/Lt JO Roberts and the father of the (3) brothers Witt in Southfields, who was a Wing Commander in the RAF.
59 - Left: Ian Diffey, Colin Sharpe, Chris Witt (whose father was instrumental in getting us invited to RAF Wildenrath, Germany), Richard Loveys, Joe Roberts, Dickie Duckett, ?.
60 - Right: Dickie Duckett & Graham Allen?.

61 - Left: Who's that leaving the local bierhaus (Cafe Peter Kroll, Rossbach)? Richard Loveys, Charlie Witt & David Hide.
62 - Right: Waiting to fly back home - JC Hughes, David Hide, Colin Sharpe, Graham Allen, the luckless Ian Diffey and Chris Witt.
I say 'luckless' because I remember Ian Diffey brought back a bottle of red wine in his suitcase, which was broken somewhere in transit. Also, during the camp, it was rumoured that Joe Roberts had placed a crate of beer at the top of the nearby high hill, and the first of us to climb it next morning could keep the beer. Chris Witt was up at the crack of dawn, climbed the hill, and upon return revealed that it had all been a hoax.

63 - Cpl Godfrey Lee and Graham Allen indeed "keeping the motorway tidy".

64 - Annual General Inspection, 1960 - Royal Naval Section.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Milner.

65 - U/O John Hunt escorts the Inspecting Officer during the 1961 Annual Inspection.
Photo courtesy of John Hunt.

66 - Recognisable here during the 1961 Annual Inspection are Major R Barrass (left of group) and U/O John Hunt (with sword). Mark Loosemore appears as the left hand drummer in the second row, just in front of Michel Louis Hooper (now Hooper-Immins) on cymbals.
Photo courtesy of John Hunt.

67 - The Corps of Drums at the Annual Inspection, 19 May 1961.
Left to right: Back row: Brian Cambray, Peter Broad, Malcolm Rogers, Tony Day, Hindley, ?, Robert Ackroyd;
Middle row: John Hall?, Alan Brown, Graham Goldsack, Graham Hayfield, Alan Morris, Neville Lofthouse, Michel Hooper-Immins, Mark Loosemore;
Front row: Gavin Easton, Ian White, Barry Hunt, J Harrison, Nick Sherring, Greenshields, Roger Pinkham.
Photo courtesy of Mark Loosemore.

68 - The Guard of Honour being inspected by Maj-Gen GM Wood at the ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the new laboratories, Old Boys' Day 1961.
U/O John Hunt right, with sword, Maj Barass behind.
Photo from "The Durnovarian" 1961, courtesy of Mick Humphrey.

69 - A photo that I "stole" from Stewart Easton's gallery on the Hardyeans' Club website. (Sorry, Stewart! Hope you don't mind.) 1961 I estimate. Sgts. Stewart Easton & John Gleghorn, W/O II Godfrey Lee and Nick Lee (son of schoolmaster "Bunny" Lee) nearest the camera, et al, contemplate the wonders of the jet engine. John and Godfrey must have been in their third year Sixth form.

Now for a rare treat: Dave Knapman has kindly submitted a short colour movie, showing parts of the 1962 Annual General Inspection.
Clicking on the link below will pop-up a new small window, into which the movie will be downloaded and shown.
As the downloading may take a few minutes (depending on your Internet connection speed), you might care to continue browsing the rest of these CCF photos.
The movie will start automatically once loaded, but can be paused, replayed etc. at any time thereafter.

Show me the movie!



70 - Two colour photos, courtesy of Mark Loosemore, of the 1963 CCF Annual Inspection.
The upper one shows Mark boasting Corporal's stripes and the drum insignia of the leader of the Corps, with Gavin Easton to his immediate right. Drum Major Sherring is on the left, with Under Officer Keith Warnock (with sword) next to him, and David Lacey behind. RSM Johnson has his back to the camera on the left. The Inspecting Officer, Major General F D Fanshawe, is taking a keen interest in the list of tunes to be played which were all kept marked on a slip of paper attached to the drumhead.

71 - This second photo was taken in the same year and shows the Corps of Drums marching past the then 'new' science block.

72 - Annual Inspection, Summer 1963.
Photo courtesy of Derek Gallop, who writes:
"I have no idea why I have this picture. I had nothing to do with Corps Band other than to try and keep in step with them when marching with the RAF section. Hopefully other Old Boys can put some names to the faces. Nick Sherring is the Drum Major, & the drummer (left) is Ian White. Any takers?".

73 - Two photos from the same 1963 Annual Inspection, courtesy of Keith Warnock, who writes:
"I was at School from '60-'63 as a boarder at Heathcote, and in '63 was Under Officer of the CCF. I am the guy out front carrying the drawn sword, and leading the RN section is PO Keen who played rugby for England. This was the only occasion in my life when I have paraded with a drawn sword as when I left school I joined the Royal Army Medical Corps who do not draw swords on parade. I retired as a Lt Col in '99 after a very rewarding career in the Army."

74 - (see above)

75 - RAF Section.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Moore.

76 - RAF Easter Camp, Thorney Island, 1963.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Moore.

77 - Annual General Inspection 1964.
Left to right: RSM John Barbara, Sgts. Dave Comely, Robin Laidlaw, and Dave Knapman.
Photo courtesy of Dave Knapman.

78 - Gun Drill under RSM Das Gupta.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Moore.

79 - RAF Summer Camp, St Mawgan, 1966. About to be swallowed up by an Avro Shackleton:
Back row left to right: Peter Davies, Bernie Bloodworth, Peter Norman, Simon Humphries, Robert Cowley, Tim Howell, Keith Hewitt, Derek Gallop, Peter May, Leo Ingenhaag, Roger Hammett, Michael Dacombe, Martin Hargreaves;
Front row: Nick Waterfield, Mervyn Brake, David White, Andrew Batchelor, John Sloper, Paul Chaplin, Mr Tony Paul (Maths), Mr John Dibb (Chemistry), Steven Hickey, Jamie McCulloch, Paul Worledge, Graham Buckett.
Photo courtesy of Chris Stephens.

80 - Occasion unknown, but most probably 1971: Second from left - Nigel Harding, extreme right M Bryant? Note the cap badges: Wessex Regiment.
Photo courtesy of Nigel Harding.

81 - 1974 General Inspection. Left to right: ?, C Brook, Ellery, Inspecting Officer, Captain Andrew MacTavish, Major David Lacey CO of CCF.
Photo courtesy of Andrew MacTavish.

Fast forward to 1978 or '79: Three photos of Army CCF Summer Camp at the Sennybridge camp in the Brecon Beacons.
Left: 82 - L to R: Jamie Fielder, Ashley Seager, Simon Michell; Right: 83 - Mike (Piggy) Williams, Simon Michell, Jamie Feilder.

84 - Simon Michell, Ashley Seager, Jamie Feilder.
Photos courtesy of Simon Michell.