King’s College recently held the Combined Cadet Force Biennial Review, with the Army section taking centre stage this time. In the early afternoon a parade was held on the Front Square, where a Guard of Honour from the CCF Army Section, under the command of cadet C/Sjt Alexander Brown (of the CCF Army Section) was inspected by the reviewing officer, Lieutenant General Sir James Everard KCB, the Commander Field Army and WO1 Glen Haughton, the Army Sergeant Major.
The inspection was preceded by a drill demonstration by the Pringle Trophy Team of the Royal Marine section. During the afternoon, the General, accompanied by the Contingent Commander Lt Col David Cole, Lt Col Andrew Watkins CO 40 Commando RM and members of the Cadet Training Team from HQ SW observed a range of training activities on the school grounds. This incorporated stances run by the Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Army and Chindit Sections including first aid, observation, leadership, navigation, water activities and a “very loud” section attack by the Army Section on the bottom field.
At the close of the day the General gave his final address to the assembled cadets. He commended our contingent, praising staff for their hard work, adding that he felt being a part of the CCF movement was excellent preparation for life, whether you intended to join the forces or not. Commenting on the day, Contingent Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel DJ Cole CCF Rifles said “I felt very proud of the Contingent on Monday. The turnout for the parade, the RM Pringle team performing an outstanding drill demonstration and the Army section attack making a lasting impression on their audience. The General was impressed by cadet responses he got to his questions. A memory to cherish!”