Sports at RAF Cardington

As with all the Forces sport was encouraged throughout all ranks and RAF Cardington was no exception. As the photograph below demonstrates even at the height of WWI teams were selected and played in local leagues or against other Stations. We may never know how sucessful this particular cricket team was in 1943 but they were clearly held in high regard as both the Station Commander Gp Capt Arnold and his deputy W/Cdr A A Fraser-Harris chose to pose for this photograph.

Three years earlier in 1940 it is recorded that there were no less than seven County Cricketers on the Station team: Berry of Leicester, Cox of Sussex, Parks of Surrey, Squires of Surrey, Sunnocks of Kent, Partridge of Northants, and Parker of Surrey - although there are no other details given we are told that this particular team had a "most successful and enjoyable" season.

Group cricket

Back row left to right: W/O L E Sargent, Cpl L G J Marchmont, Sgt A V Evans, F/Sgt A E Walker, Cpl W H Richards, Sgt W A Bridges, Sgt T H M Preston, Cpl R F Edwards, A/C C M Haywod. Front row: F/O H S Mason, Sgt L G Berry, F/Lt A Shepherd. G/Capt A R Arnold D S C, D F C. W/cDR A A Fraser-Harris , Sgt D C Flatt, Cpl H P Dukes.

*If you recognise anyone here please get in touch.

BOB Sports 2
Bob Sports 1

Both images shown are taken from Bedford & Luton Archive Services BP Box 4154 - photography courtesy of John Day (Ampthill Images)

These two images show a gymnastic display at an Open Day on 19th Sepember 1951. This particular Open Day at Cardington was special as it was part of national celebrations to commemorate The Battle of Britain 10 years earlier.

Cross Country 55
Cross Country map 1955

Above shows the programme front cover and course map of a Cross Country race held at Cardington in March 1955. Does anyone remember this event?

H Pethen sports day 25.7.1956

An Inter-section Sports Day programme dated 25th July 1956 sent in by Harry Pethen (Read Harry's memories on The National Service page in the Topics section) . This is an interesting historical document as it indicates the many diverse units operating within Cardington at this time. Top left tells us that teams were drawn from the Admin Block, Reception Wing, Record Office Department (Harrys department "ROD" for short), No 217 Maintenance Unit, The Catering Section and The Balloon Unit which also included Medical Staff. Incidentally Harry recalls "It was a great day for ROD, a detachment of some 70 odd men, which won the day with the highest score of any group even though numerically we were by far the smallest." If anyone recognises any of the officials named in this programme please get in touch.

Training3 - check date
Training2 - check date

Above left and right men training on the camp back in 1946.

Francis Frew Dunlop Veterans Race Cardington late

The photograph above sent in by Barbara Martin shows a veterans race taking place in 1948 or 1949. Barbara's father Francis Frew Dunlop on the left was at RAF Cardington for two years and her family lived in the newly built married quarters in Shortstown.
Does anyone recognise any of the other runners here?