Surrey - Sandhurst Tour
Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of Surrey for their tour of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, starting with refreshments at 10.30am. A buffet lunch is included, and the tour will finish at approximately 2.30pm. Prior to 1800, men wanting to be officers in the infantry and cavalry had to purchase their commissions. This limited candidates to the sons of the aristocracy and landed gentry, and was ideal from the Government point of view, they were effectively free to the exchequer, they bought commissions, got no training, and selling their commissions paid their pensions. The disastrous campaign in the low countries in the 1790s demonstrated the weaknesses of the system, and John Gaspard le Marchant – a cavalry officer – persuaded the Duke of York and King George that proper training would improve performance. The Government refused to stop commission purchase but agreed to provide a College for up to 400 cadets, who would be properly trained and be granted their commissions without purchase. Initially opening in Marlow, it developed into the Academy we see today. Our fascinating tour will concentrate on the historical buildings; Old College, containing the Marlborough and Waterloo Rooms; the Roman Catholic Chapel and the Grand Entrance; and the Royal Memorial Chapel. Talks will address the history, selection and training of cadets; the Commissioning Parade and the importance of international cadets.
If you would like to attend this event please, email Robin Bell who will be able to send you the booking form.