Tonight we have a beret from one of the more far flung combined cadet forces in the British Isles, that of Victoria College on Jersey:My thanks go to Ian H of the British Badge Forum for identifying the unit. This beret has a sewn on badge, with the college coat of arms consisting of the heraldic shield of the island, surmounted by a King’s Crown:The Victoria College Cadet Force has a long and illustrious history, and its activities are described on the college website from which this extract comes:
The Victoria College Contingent was formed as an Officer Training Corps in 1903 and in 1948 became the Victoria College CCF Contingent. In 1951 the Royal Air Force section was formed and in 1976 the Royal Navy section. The Contingent parades on a Friday afternoon at 1400hrs for Senior Cadets and 1530hr for Year 10 and 11 Cadets. Wing Commander D J Rotherham the Contingent Commander leads a Contingent of 150 cadets and 15 officers and staff. Cadets regularly attend camps at military establishments across the UK including adventure training, cadet skills competitions and courses. On Island training includes sailing, rock climbing, archery and live firing at the Crabbe Range Facility. The Contingent performs several ceremonial duties including the mounting of the Halberdier Guard. The Contingent Headquarters (Sir Michael Alcock Centre) is situated behind the Pavilion on College Field it includes the CCF office, classroom, meeting room, 25 yard indoor range, purpose built armoury, clothing, training and equipment stores.
The site gives further information on the unit’s history:
The Victoria College Contingent has a long and proud history dating back to 1883 with the formation of the Cadet Militia Corps. The Contingent’s history is one of service, opportunity and sacrifice. Since 1883 Old Victorians have served and died in the conflicts of the late 19th and 20th centuries earning a total of five Victoria Crosses. These sacrifices have not been forgotten in fact quite the opposite is true. It is almost impossible to find a corner of the College where there is not a memorial plaque, trophy or indeed building to remember these Old Victorians.
Cadets no longer train for war but continue to serve the community through ceremonial duties and services to charities and the community. The wearing of the College Cap Badge and the various uniforms is a living tribute to both those Old Victorians and all those serving in the British Armed Forces. For this reason alone it is important that Cadets understand the history of the Contingent and in particular the service and sacrifice of Old Victorians over the past 131 years.
This particular beret dates from before 2000 as on that date the Army contingent adopted the khaki beret of its associated unit The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and the blue beret used up until that point was dropped.