Arborfield

Arborfield

1939 – May

Opened as the second Army Technical School (Boys) with boys transferring from Hilsea, Jersey, Bramley, Didcot and Chepstow, also from Catterick in 1943. Badged RAOC followed by GSC. Those destined for REME were rebadged after its formation in 1942.

1947 – August

Name changed to Army Apprentices School and new AAS badge adopted. Name changed to Army Apprentices College and apprentices rebadged to REME who took control of it from the War Office .

1966 – October

Name changed to Army Apprentices College and apprentices rebadged to REME who took control of it from the War Office .

1981 – May

Name changed to Princess Marina College

1985

REME apprentices were joined by RAMC /RADC apprentices

1994 -Sept

The first female apprentices are admitted.

1995 -Aug

Name changed back to Army Apprentices College.

1997

REME apprentices were joined by incoming Royal Signals apprentices.

1998

They were joined by RE and RLC apprentices.

2000

Name changed to Army Technical Foundation College with RE, Royal Signals, REME and RLC sub-units

2004

Closure of College and end of the young Army Apprenticeship scheme.


2 thoughts on “Arborfield”

  1. my late husband 23534711 WILLIAM ARTHUR HAYDEN FOWLER (FOXY FOWLER)
    WAS AN INTAKE 58A till 1961 at Arborfield.
    Bill was killed in Germany 30th September 1967
    our army boxes which were being stored for by the army
    unfortunately some of them were destroyed by fire.
    among the boxes destroyed were Bill’s days at Arborfield .
    wonder if there is anyone remembers Bill he used to box, and have any photos of those days

    1. Hi Ruby,
      Very nice to hear from you.
      We do have a number of 58A lads around, and I have made contact with one asking them to make contact with you, so with luck you should hear from someone in the next few days.
      God Bless
      David Schofield

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