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February 10th 2017

Lincolnshire ACF’s surprise 100th birthday

Col Jeremy Field, Commandant of Lincolnshire ACF is pictured with the article and Maj (Rtd) Derek Sendall

Col Jeremy Field, Commandant of Lincolnshire ACF is pictured with the article and Maj (Rtd) Derek Sendall

A chance discovery has kick-started the centenary celebrations for Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Members of the ACF were unaware the Cadet Force was formed 100-years ago this year until a retired Lincolnshire ACF officer, Major (Maj Rtd) Derek Sendall, came across a newspaper cutting he had in his possession.

The article is from the Lincolnshire Echo dated 21 October 1934 and it shows the fourth Earl of Yarborough Charles Alfred Worsley Pelham, presenting a standard to the ACF in the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

The article includes a history of the Cadet Force and reports that it was formed at North Hykeham in 1917.

It was initially based there before moving to South Park where Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service currently has its headquarters.

Badge 100 years 3 (2) copy

The badge marking Lincolnshire ACF’s centenary.

ACFs were less prevalent in the country at the time as the government had stopped sponsorships of them in the 1920s due to funding cuts. Renowned businessman and philanthropist Sir Julien Cahn offered to sponsor Lincolnshire ACF allowing it to continue. Government funding returned after World War Two.

The article Maj Sendall found was presented to Lincolnshire ACF’s current senior adult volunteer Commandant Colonel Jeremy Field.

Col Field said: “To mark this special year in the history of Lincolnshire ACF, we’re encouraging detachments to organise commemorative events in their area.

“This will be an ideal opportunity for cadets to investigate the history of their detachment.

“Following the research, we are also looking to collate the history of the detachments for a special publication later in the year.”

The first commemoration event is the creation of a Lincolnshire ACF 100 badge which is to be issued shortly and to be worn on the top right-hand sleeve of the county hoodie. The badges will be made available to cadets and volunteers shortly.

Col Field said: “To mark this special year in the history of Lincolnshire ACF, we’re encouraging detachments to organise commemorative events in their area."