National Army Cadet Force (ACF) Museum Official Opening

Victoria Cross winner, Warrant Officer Class Two Johnson Beharry opened the National Army Cadet Force Museum in Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, Wisbech on 11th Sept 2023 to mark Octavia’s legacy from 1889 when she established the first Independent Army Cadet Unit.

Wisbech born (1838) Octavia Hill’s pioneering work in Southwark, London with youngsters in 1889 lead the way to the modern day Army Cadet Force (ACF) as we know it today. Octavia Hill was a well known social reformer, one of the three founders of the National Trust and a campaigner for open spaces but is largely unknown for her work with the Army Cadets.

Guests included: Brigadier Tim Seal Vice, Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Colonel Ashley Fulford, National Colonel Cadets at Regional Command, Brigadier Richard Lyne, Royal Anglian RegtThe Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech, Veterans from Wisbech Royal British Legion.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant read out a letter received from Buckingham Place acknowledging the new National Army Cadet Force Museum and Octavia’s pioneering work with the Cadets.

Brigadier Richard Lyne, Regimental Colonel Cadets,  spoke to all the Wisbech Detachment Cadets who were proudly wearing the Royal Anglian cap badge. They spoke well and gave an account of their recent annual camp and cadet life post covid. After the opening WO2 Beharry gave a truly amazing talk on “how he won the Victoria Cross”.

Local Cadets from Wisbech Detachment and children from nearby Cambian Wisbech School had the opportunity to meet WO2 Johnson Beharry VC COG and help him plant a tree on Centenary Green to commemorate the occasion. Pictures: Sgt Doug Stuart, Cambs ACF PRO

National Army Cadets Museum


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