Stonyhurst’s connection to the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) stretches back more than a century.
Combined cadet force Stonyhurst’s connection to the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) stretches back more than a century.
There are seven platoons, each named after Stonyhurst OS awarded the Victoria Cross and a newly created platoon to accommodate the number of students joining the College in Higher Line, named after the first commanding officer of the Corps.
The Platoons are:
- Costello (Lieutenant Edmund William Costello, V.C. (1897), 22nd Punjab Infantry Regiment)
- Coury (Second- Lieutenant George Gabriel Coury, V.C. (1916), (1st/4th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Prince of Wales’s Volunteers)
- Dease (Lieutenant Maurice James Dease, V.C. (1914), 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. City of London Regiment)
- Ervine- Andrews (Captain Harold Marcus Ervine-Andrews, V.C. (1940), 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment)
- Jackman (Captain James Joseph Bernard Jackman, V.C. (1941), 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers)
- Kenna (Captain Paul Aloysius Kenna, V.C. (1898), 21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers)
- Liddell (Captain John Aidan Liddell, V.C. (1915), 3rd Reserve Battalion (Attached 2nd Battalion) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Royal Flying Corps)
- Pearse (Colonel Lieutenant S.A. Pearse, DSO (1917), first O.C. Stonyhurst OTC, East Lancashire Regiment)
The CCF is not just for those who plan a career in the Forces, it is a youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence that helps develop a number of leadership and life enhancing skills.
We enrol students automatically into the CCF in their Grammar year (age 14+) and supply each pupil with a uniform, which they are expected to keep in good order for inspection each week.
Training includes drill (marching and manoeuvres); learning how to assemble, clean and shoot weapons; and many useful life skills including team work; leadership; tactical planning and discipline.
There’s lots of fun and friendship involved too, so much so that after the annual summer camp which takes place at a military camp, many students opt to continue their CCF activities, taking on increasingly responsible leadership roles as they progress through the school.