Salamanca Company

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

Salamanca Company - 1812. A battle honour shared by most Light Infantry regiments, for the defeat of a large French army near the Spanish town of Salamanca, during the Peninsular War. The British and Portuguese armies in Spain, under the command of Lt Gen the Earl of Wellington (later Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington), inflicted a major defeat on the French, leading to the eventual defeat of all the French forces in Spain. Those units taking part with a Light Infantry affiliation were 11th Foot (Devonshire Regiment) later The Devon & Dorset Regiment, 32nd Foot (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) later The Light Infantry, the 43rd Foot (Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) later The Royal Green Jackets, the 51st Foot (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) later The Light Infantry, 52nd Foot (Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) later The Royal Green Jackets, the 53rd Foot (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) later The Light Infantry, the 60th Foot (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) later The Royal Green Jackets, 61st Foot (Gloucestershire Regiment) later The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Light Infantry, the 68th Foot (Durham Light Infantry) later The Light Infantry and the 95th Rifles (The Rifle Brigade) later The Royal Green Jackets. All were subsequently subsumed into The Rifles in 2007.

Salamanca Company has its headquarters at Yeovil 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.

S Coy has nine platoons:

Bruton

Castle Cary

Chard

Crewkerne

Ilminster

Langport

Martock

Yeovil

Wincanton

S 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.

Currently Salamanca Company hosts the sole Army Air Corps affiliated platoon in the county, opened at King Arthur's Community School in Wincanton on 3rd October 2018.