Commemoration Service Recognising Octavia Hill’s Involvement in Establishing the Army Cadet Force
Octavia Hill was the first social reformer really to advocate the benefit of an “organised” boys’ club run on military lines to improve the education, self-discipline, welfare and confidence of teenage boys in the socially deprived areas of London. She used the Red Cross Hall and Gardens in Southwark to raise an independent army cadet unit in May 1889.
As the unit was raised in the recruiting area for The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), it adopted this regiment’s badge – Paschal Lamb with Flag of St George; and became the Regiment’s “First Cadet Battalion”. Surrey ACF is the main successor.
The service will be followed by a parade and procession outside afterwards, including going to the Red Cross Hall and garden.