King's Bruton celebrates CCF Centenary with Royal visit

On October 5th 2010 HRH The Countess of Wessex visited King's Bruton to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment's Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

On October 5th 2010 HRH The Countess of Wessex visited King's Bruton to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

King’s Bruton has a rich history of military association and its alumni include a number of military leaders, including Chair of Governors Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire.  Over 6,000 pupils have enrolled in the school’s CCF since it was established in 1910.

To mark the centenary celebration, Her Royal Highness conducted an inspection of the CCF, following which a Fleet Air Arm flypast took place. 

The occasion marked the re-opening of a Memorial Hall at the school, in commemoration of former pupil, Sergeant Ben Ross RMP, who sadly died in May 2009 whilst serving in Afghanistan. The Hall was officially re-opened by The Countess and a panel created in honour of Ben unveiled by his family.  

The school hosted over 200 special guests and alumni on this exceptional day.

Headmaster, Ian Wilmshurst said:

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“The staff and pupils at King’s Bruton are thrilled to celebrate this centenary occasion with HRH The Countess of Wessex.  We are immensely proud of the role the CCF has played in our pupils’ personal development since its formation.

“We are overjoyed that this day is made even more special by the opening of the Memorial Hall in memory of Sgt Ben Ross.   This fantastic Hall is a wonderful tribute to Ben and a great asset to the school, we thank all those whose donations made this possible.”    

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