Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Royal Military College

The Royal Military College (RMC), founded in 1801 and established in 1802 at Great Marlow and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, but moved in October 1812 to Sandhurst, Berkshire, was a British Army military academy for training infantry and cavalry officers of the British and Indian Armies.

The RMC was reorganised at the outbreak of the Second World War, but some of its units remained operational at Sandhurst and Aldershot. In 1947, the Royal Military College was merged with the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, to form the present-day all-purpose Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

                                            The New College Buildings at RMC Sandhurst

Notable Cadets

The most notable cadets of RMC Sandhurst include:

  • Sir William Denison (1825–1826), Governor of New South Wales
  • Field Marshal Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar (1840–1841)
  • Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1850–1851)
  • Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby (1861–1862), Governor General of Canada
  • King Alfonso XII of Spain (1876)
  • Field Marshal Herbert Plumer, 1st Viscount Plumer (1875–1876)
  • John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow (1878–1879), Governor-General of Australia
  • Ronald Munro Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar (1879–1880), Governor-General of Australia
  • Field Marshal Viscount Allenby (1881–1882)
  • Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet (1882–1883), Governor-General of New Zealand
  • Field Marshal Earl Haig (1884–1885)
  • Sir Winston Churchill (1894)
  • Prince Alexander of Teck (1894), later the Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and Governor General of Canada
  • Field Marshal Earl Wavell (1900–1901), Viceroy of India
  • Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1907–1908)
  • Sir Oswald Mosley (1914)
  • Field Marshal Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1919), Governor General of Australia
  • Ayub Khan (1926–1927), later President of Pakistan
  • Ian Fleming (1927), author, creator of James Bond

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