Pulling well together - despite age difference

The histories of Sherborne School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Gibraltar Army Cadet Force could hardly be more different. Sherborne CCF was formed in 1859 whilst Gibraltar’s Army Cadet Force was formed no more than six months ago.

But this difference in age does not prevent the two forces from pulling well together. Currently visiting the Rock, the Sherborne cadets and our local cadets spent Sunday tidying the Commonwealth war graves in Gibraltar’s cemetery.

‘The basis of the community project is that we wanted to put something back into the community as a thank-you,’ said Major Ben Sunderland, Sherborne’s Contingent Commander.

‘We arrived on Friday and had a really good historical tour of the Upper Rock on Saturday,’ said cadet James Dawson. ‘And in today’s task we feel we are doing something for many people who died for our country, ‘added cadet Reuben Matthew.

Working alongside James and Reuben were Jake O’Donohue and Lewis Kelly of the Gibraltar Army Cadet Force. ‘We are just weeding and generally tidying up the graves but we feel that we are doing something useful,’ said Jake.

For the rest of the week, Sherborne’s cadets will be carrying out a mixture of military training at Buffadero Training Centre and adventurous training at Gun Wharf.

‘On Wednesday evening the cadets from Gibraltar and Sherborne will hold a joint training evening up at Buffaderu,’ added Captain Christian Correa of the Gibraltar Force. It seems that this could be the start of a useful association between two cadet forces with a very different history.