Gibraltar Company

A brief look at Gibraltar Company, Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF

Gibraltar Company - 1704. The first battle honour of the Earl of Barrymore’s Regiment of Foot, for the defence of the Island of Gibraltar from the Spanish during the Eleventh Siege of Gibraltar in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. During this period regiments were named after their Colonels, the title changing with each new Colonel, until the confusing practice was outlawed in 1751.

Thus the Earl of Barrymore’s Regiment of Foot, later to become Cotton’s Regiment of Foot and thence Pulteney’s Regiment of Foot, become the 13th Regiment of Foot in 1751 and eventually the 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot in 1782, formed part of the garrison of Gibraltar in order to defend it, having recently captured it from Spain. Spain laid siege to Gibraltar in order to recapture it but failed, despite a long campaign known as the Twelfth Siege of Gibraltar (1704-1705).

Gibraltar was formally ceded to Britain at the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

Gibraltar Company has its headquarters at Clevedon with one full-time member of staff, the CAA (Cadet Administrative Assistant) employed by WRFCA (Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association) who looks after the day-to-day running of the Company, all its stores, buildings and other assets.

All the remainder of the staff, from the OC (Officer Commanding) down, are all CFAVs (Cadet Force Adult Volunteers) who give a huge amount of their spare time and skills from the civilian world to provide for the cadets. The OC is supported by a CSM (Company Serjeant Major) who looks after discipline and, in some cases, is also the Company Quartermaster. Depending on the manning levels the OC will also have the support of a Training Officer, an Administrative Officer, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Officer, a Shooting Officer and a First Aid Officer amongst others, who all report to senior members at county HQ level. In many cases CFAVs may be ‘double-hatted’, performing two or more of these roles in addition to their platoon duties. Each Company also has a Coy PR Rep (Company Public Relations Representative) who looks after platoon and company level Public Relations, reporting to the County PR Officer.

Each platoon (detachment) is commanded by a CFAV who may have a number of fellow CFAVs to support him or her as well as, in some cases, a CA (Civilian Assistant) who looks after the platoon’s administration. Some, although not all platoons, parade twice a week depending on the local circumstances, the demand from cadets and the availability of staff. In a number of platoons the platoon building is also shared with RAF Air Cadets which imposes its own limitations on frequency of use.

G Coy has eight platoons:

Burnham on Sea and Highbridge

Cheddar

Clevedon

Nailsea

Portishead

Uphill (Silver Bugles Band)

Worle

Yatton

G Coy Facebook closed group. You must be a cadet, the parent/guardian of a cadet, or a CFAV within one of the platoons in the company to join and you must answer the questions posed before being accepted by the administrator.