Sent in from Ron Adams these fantastic photos were passed to him from a neighbour. The photos show members of catering staff on the camp in 1941 and 1944. These are absolute gems. Although Ron’s neighbour couldn’t shed any light on them one of the photos carries names of the individuals shown – hopefully someone will look at these and recognise a face or name.
Men training on the camp in Aug 1938
(Image Beds & Luton Archive Services Beds Times & Citizen Collection BP Box 307. Photography courtesy of John Day Ampthill Images)
At the end of 1939 No 2 Recruits Unit was turned into a Reception Unit with recruits receiving 5 days of assessment before moving on to Morecambe for training.
Terence Mckee - an early No 2 School recruit?
The caption reads "Dining Room and Cooking Staff 2.R.C Christmas 1941." I am assuming that "2.R.C." refers to No 2 Recruits Centre which was of course based at Cardington at this time. However looking closely at these individuals I don't think these are actual recruits as they appear older than the average recruit passing through this Unit. If anyone recognises someone here please make contact.
Ron had sent in two versions of this photo - the one shown above listing names of staff shown and another without the names but with a caption which reads " Royal Air Force Catering Staff Cardington." Date unknown.
The photos are quite a puzzle. I am not sure if these individuals were staff that catered for all RAF personnel on the camp on a daily basis or were part of a satellite unit who were there to train others. I am fortunate enough to hold some of the daily camp records during WW11 and there are frequent entries referring to cookery courses held for recruits from other bases so maybe the group of people in these photos were there to train others? Or maybe the staff formed both roles? If you can help clarify please make contact.
And thank you once again to Ron – these photos are priceless!