History

The history of the Cambridge University Officers Training Corps (CUOTC) stretches back to 1803, when Great Britain was threatened with French invasion. Some undergraduates of the University of Cambridge formed a corps of 'Rifle Volunteers' to help in the defence of Britain. The Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers (CURV) were formally raised in 1860. The unit CURV grew to a strength of about 500 at the time of the Boer War, when a detachment was sent to South Africa to augment the Suffolk Regiment. Action in this war earned CURV the battle honour South Africa 1900-01. CURV became CUOTC in 1908 under the Haldane Reforms.

Pictures (clockwise from top left): 4th (Cambridge University) Volunteer Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment (1893); CURV Mounted Infantry on combined
        field day with the HAC (1905); The RA Wing firing 18 Pounder (1936); HRH The Duke of Gloucester inspecting Infantry Wing (1936)

Pictures (clockwise from top left):
4th (Cambridge University) Volunteer Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment (1893);
CURV Mounted Infantry on combined field day with the HAC (1905);
The RA Wing firing 18 Pounder (1936);
HRH The Duke of Gloucester inspecting Infantry Wing (1936)