Army Cadet Force

From the Mitcham Youth Handbook of 1949


“B: Company, 2nd Cadet Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment

This Unit was formed in 1942, and continues to flourish, carrying on the task of training lads between the ages of 14 and 18 years for their period of National Service and good citizenship.

The Company is staffed by War Experienced Officers and Adult Staff, as follows:
Officer Commanding: Lieut. N. L. Ball, T.A.R.O.
Second-in-Command: 2nd-Lieut. J. Rayner.
Company-Sergeant-Major: C.S.N.I. E.C. Humphries.
Sports and Welfare: S.-Sergt. E. Roach.
Boxing and P.T.: Mr. Ballard.

Specially-prepared training programmes are compiled and carried out under two headings: —

Military Training: Drill (Arms and Foot); Firing on the Range; Fieldcraft and Practical Exercises; Map Reading, etc., etc.

Physical and Recreational: Physical Training, Boxing, Swimming, Running and Sports, Football, Cricket., etc., etc.

Every facility is afforded for Welfare, including Table Tennis, Billiards and Snooker, Darts; and visits to important events and places of interest, etc., etc.

Camp is held each year, when the Cadets are taken away for a fortnight’s grand holiday, combined with an insight into Army life. This Company usually holds its annual camp at the Isle of Wight. Week-end camps are arranged whenever possible, these being held usually at Caterham or Pirbright.

Cadets learn how to handle a rifle and other weapons, and get numerous opportunities of firing on the open ranges; also miniature range with .22 rifles.

Parades are held at our Headquarters every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30 till 9.30 p.m., and on Sunday mornings from 10.00 to 12.30 hours. The O.C. (Lieut. N. L. Ball) will be glad to see any lad interested in joining, and show him round; or full details can be given by post.

Our Headquarters address is:—’B” (Mitcham) Company, 2nd Cadet Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment, London Road Schools (over Youth Employment Bureau), Mitcham, Surrey.

Source: Local Studies Centre, Morden Library, Civic Centre, Morden.
Reference: L2 (369) MIT

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