Loretto School Combined Cadet Force - change of Regimental Affiliation.

The Loretto School CCF (Combined Cadet Force) Army Section was re-badged on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.

The Senior Cadets of the Army Section were presented with their new head-dress - the grey beret, with the wolf’s head cap badge, by Lt. Colonel Toby Gaddum, Officer Commanding Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry.

Prior to 1910, Loretto had no direct affiliation to the War Office, but did have links to Berwickshire Yeomanry as many pupils were from their home recruitment area.

In 1910, Loretto formed an Officer Training Corps, led largely by Archibald Buchanan-Dunlop, a teacher who had served in the Boer War and later famed for his part in the Christmas Truce during the First World War. There was an affiliation to the Royal Scots and Cadets wore Hunting Stewart kilts, battledress tunics (with the Loretto white shirt open at the neck!) and a Balmoral hat with Loretto crest.

Former pupils served throughout the Great War. Loretto provided Officers again during the Second World War. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice in these conflicts are commemorated in our Chapel.

From the 1970s, Loretto wore the Lowland Division Cap badge and Tam O’ Shanter. This continued until 2007, when the Contingent was affiliated to the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots),  sporting the new RRS cap badge and black hackle.

The decision to re-affiliate to the recently formed Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry goes back to our historic roots with one of their progenitors - the Lothian and Berwickshire Yeomanry.


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