[-]Archive of the University of Liverpool: Records of University-Related Institutions

Officers Training Corps

Reference D303, D917, D422
Dates of Creation 1911, 1922, 1931-1938
Physical Description 3 series

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the history of the OTC and photographs of the OTC.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Officers Training Corps was founded in 1919 and was attached to the King's Liverpool Regiment. From 1928 the corps had its own drill hall and rifle range. Following the outbreak of World War II, the OTC was enlarged and reorganised on a Faculty Basis as the Senior Training Corps. All non medical male students were required to train with either the STC, the University Air Squadron or the Naval Division. In 1955 the STC resumed as the OTC and has continued to operate under this name since then.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following sections:

  • D303 Traffic Regulations and papers r.e. the Officers Training Corps
  • D917 Photographs
  • D422 Photographs of medical students and staff and of the University Officer Training Corps

Bibliography

'Target shooting at Manchester University' by R Pizer (typescript 1978) Ref No. D569

The above contains references to Liverpool University; photocopy of typescript notes listing sources; letters from the author to Mr A N Ricketts of the University of Liverpool Library


Traffic Regulations and papers r.e. the Officers Training Corps (1911, 1922)

Reference D303
Physical Description 2 series of records

Scope and Content

Traffic Regulations covering the University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill and papers re the history of the OTC (the Officers Training Corps) and its Camp

Acquisition Information

Iain Campbell 13 Apr 1984

Access Points

Subjects
Liverpool University Administration
Liverpool University Military Education
Corporate Names
University of Liverpool Officers Training Corps

Printed copy of City of Liverpool Traffic Regulations for The University, Brownlow Hill and (on the back of the sheet) St. George's Hall, Lime Street, both signed by the Earl of Derby, Lord Mayor of Liverpool (17 Nov. 1911)

Reference D303/1
Physical Description 1 sheet

Papers re Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps (1922)

Reference D303/2/1-5
Physical Description 5 sheets

Copy of printed instructions in respect of the forthcoming Camp at Fleetwood (1922)

Reference D303/2/1
Physical Description 1 item

Manuscript Company Orders for No.2 Platoon for (24 July 1922)

Reference D303/2/2
Physical Description 1 item

Copy of duplicated typescript instructions "Field Scheme" (31 July 1922)

Reference D303/2/3
Physical Description 1 item

Copy of duplicated typescript report form (unused) for the Orderly Officer on duty at the Adjutant Officers Training Corps Camp, Fleetwood, to report on the duties he performed on the previous day (1922)

Reference D303/2/4
Physical Description 1 item

Copy of typescript note from the Adjutant of the O.T.C. to Cdt.Sgts. W.A. Corkill and N.L. Corkill asking them to notify him of the earliest date they could commence attending lectures for Certificate A or B (11 Aug. 1922)

Reference D303/2/5
Physical Description 1 item

University of Liverpool and its Officers' Training Corps: Copies of Photographs, and other papers (1913-1937, 2005-06)

Reference D917
Physical Description 46 items

Administrative / Biographical History

Mr Bowsher's grandfather on his maternal side was Colonel Andrew McKie Reid, M.C,T.D.,O.St.J.,F.R.C.S, (1893-1973) who was Commanding Officer of the O.T.C., 1931-1937. Colonel McKie Reid studied Medicine at the University of Liverpool, entering in October 1911, on War service in 1914-19, and graduating M.B.,Ch.B. in March 1921. He was Secretary of the Guild of Undergraduates, 1919-20, President of the Guild of Undergraduates , 1920-1921, and was Lecturer (part-time) - in-charge of the University Department of Ophthalmology, 1947-1958.

According to Colonel McKie Reid's Army Form, he relinquished his commission as Major due to wounds on 3 October 1919; was recommissioned as Captain (with seniority from 10 July 1917) for service with the University of Liverpool OTC on 2 April 1921, but resigned this on 29 November 1922 and was re-granted the rank of Major; he ended up, in 1945, with the rank of Colonel.

Acquisition Information

The originals of these photographs are held by Mr Julian Bowsher, London, who kindly made CD copies of the same available, April and June 2004 and August 2005. He also deposited related papers including, in July 2006, his edited transcript of letters written by Colonel McKie Reid and his two brothers during the First World War.

Note

Mr Bowsher identified those pictured by particular reference to (a) the text of the unpublished 'History of the University of Liverpool Officers Training Corps up to 1984' begun by Major F.J. Routledge, MBE, TD, and expanded and completed by Mr. A.N.Ricketts, and (b) identification of badges etc. worn.

Access Points

Subjects
University of Liverpool Officers Training Corps
Education Military

C.D. (not dated)

Reference D917/1
Physical Description 1 compact disc

Scope and Content

There are 13 photographs on the c.d.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

We cannot provide electronic access to the CD in the reading room.


Photographic prints taken from the C.D. (D917/1) (1915, 1921, 1931-1937)

Reference D917/2
Physical Description 13 photographic print

Scope and Content

2-10: These photographs were taken at or relate to the O.T.C.'s camp at Conway in July 1921


[Major F.J.] Routledge [16th King's Lancashire Regiment] standing at the Butts' ()

Reference D917/2/1
Physical Description 1 photograph

Note

Reference number on the CD (`Routledge 16KLR at the Butts')


[Major J.G.B. Beazley, M.C., T.D., Commanding Officer of the O.T.C., 1920-1922] standing outside a tent. ((1921))

Reference D917/2/2
Physical Description 1 photograph

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-1')


[Officers of the O.T.C. (n.d.)

Reference D917/2/3
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

From left to right: Lieutenant D.Pridie, D.S.O., Major McKie Reid, M.C., Major J.G.B. Beazley, M.C., Lieutenant H.B. Barnard or Lieutenant V.T. Thierens, M.C., and Lieutenant C.W.Healey, M.C.

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-2')


Officers and Cadets of the O.T.C., (the whole O.T.C. Contingent, fifty seven persons in all). (1921)

Reference D917/2/4
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

The group of five officers seated in the middle may be identified as, from left to right, Lieutenant C.W. Healey (wearing the South Lancashire Regiment badge), Lieutenant D. Pirdie (wearing the DSO ribbon), Major J.G.B. Beazley, Major McKie Reid, and either Lieutenant H.B. Barnard or Lieutenant V.T. Thierens.

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-3')


Group of five unidentified cadets (1921)

Reference D917/2/5
Physical Description 1 photograph

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-4')


Group of seventeen officers (1921)

Reference D917/2/6
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Major Beazley is seated second from left, with Major McKie Reid standing at the rear second from right.

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-5')


`O.T.C. Camp from Conway Mountain' (1921)

Reference D917/2/7
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

[A picture postcard view of the tented camp with the River Conway in the background]

Note

Reference number on the CD (`tents 1')


[Roadway, a ditch, and a few tents, with some OTC members in the background] (1921)

Reference D917/2/8
Physical Description 1 photograph

Note

Reference number on the CD (`tents 2')


[MS. operations/manoeuvres map of Conway Mountain and Conway with the camping ground to the north, at Morfa] (1921)

Reference D917/2/9
Physical Description 1 photograph

Note

Reference number on the CD (`Conway map')


Major McKie Reid with tents in the background. (c. 1921)

Reference D917/2/10
Physical Description 1 photograph

Note

Reference number on the CD (`With O.T.C. c.1921')


University of Liverpool O.T.C. Cricket Team members (n.d.)

Reference D917/2/11
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Major Beazley is standing on the left.

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-6')


Group of eleven officers (1931-1937)

Reference D917/2/12
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Major McKie Reid is seated second from the left. The officers standing at the rear second and third from the left are both wearing Dutch insignia.

Photograph taken at a camp, with tents and other soldiers in the background.

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-7')


Whole O.T.C. contingent at camp. (1931-1937)

Reference D917/2/13
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Fifty seven persons in all, with Major McKie Reid seated in the centre.

Note

Reference number on the CD (`OTC-8')


Papers relating to Colonel McKie Reid's commission with the O.T.C. and relating to the O.T.C. (1922-1923 (1931))

Reference D917/3
Physical Description 7 items

Letter from [Major] J.G.B. B[eazley], 14 Water Street, Liverpool, to [Captain] McKie Reid. (17 Oct 1922)

Reference D917/3/1
Physical Description (1 sheet)

Scope and Content

Letter regarding commissions in the OTC and recruitment to the OTC, regretfully requesting his resignation [as he had left the University], and expressing his hope that a member of the University's staff would succeed him (Major Beazley) as Commanding Officer.


Regulations, section 24 ([1922])

Reference D917/3/2
Physical Description (2 sheets)

Scope and Content

Typescript transcript of section 24 of regulations relating to the termination of service with a contingent of officers leaving the university or school concerned.


Letter of resignation (26 Oct 1922)

Reference D917/3/3
Physical Description (1 sheet)

Scope and Content

Typescript copy of the letter of resignation of his commission which Captain McKie Reid, The London Hospital, wrote to the Commanding Officer of the O.T.C.


Duplicated typescript list of the membership of Special Committees of the University of Liverpool Council (November 1922)

Reference D917/3/4
Physical Description (1 sheet)

Scope and Content

Including the Military Education Committee (to which Dr McKie Reid was appointed), appointed by Council on 28 Nov 1922.


Typescript copy of [Major] McKie Reid's letter to Dr Adami [Vice-Chancellor] (8 March 1923)

Reference D917/3/5
Physical Description (1 sheet)

Scope and Content

Recommending that the University recommend that the brevet rank of Lieut.-Colonel be conferred on Major Beazley.


Typescript letter from Dr George Adami, The Vice-Chancellor, to Dr McKie Reid. (10 March 1923)

Reference D917/3/6
Physical Description (1 sheet)

Scope and Content

Letter agreeing to make the recommendation he suggests.


Photocopy of an article `Value of O.T.C. Training. University Corps Reunion. Lord Derby's Message' [published in the [Liverpool] Daily Post] (7 December 1931)

Reference D917/3/7
Physical Description (1 sheet)

C.D. disc on which twenty-three photographs appear (Not dated)

Reference D917/4
Physical Description 1 Compact Disc

Location of Originals

These photographs are included in an album held by Mr. Bowsher.


Photographic prints taken from the CD (D.917/4) ((1913)-(?1921))

Reference D917/5/1-23
Physical Description 23 photographs

Note

Dates given are the date of the original photograph; all of these photographs were created in 2006.


Group photograph of the University 1st XV rugby team ((1912-13))

Reference D917/5/1
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

The majority of those pictured have signed their names across their pictures.

('football 1')


[The Council of the Guild of Undergraduates] (n.d. [?1913] )

Reference D917/5/2
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Mr Andrew McKie Reid is pictured in the centre of the second row from the back.

Those fifth and sixth to the left, seated, on the front row, bear a distinct resemblance to Mr. Glyn Lloyd (President of the Guild, 1913-14) and Miss Rhoda Robbins (Lady President of the Guild, 1913-14) as pictured in photographs opposite the frontispiece of the 1 November 1913 issue of The Sphinx.

('Council')


Liverpool University A.F.C. ((1914))

Reference D917/5/3
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Group photograph of 'Liverpool University A.F.C., [Association Football Club] Winners of Christie Challenge Cup, Season 1913-14' with the cup in the foreground.

Caption identifies all those pictured.

[This photograph is reproduced, without the caption identifying those pictured, in the Winter Sports Supplement of The Sphinx, Vol. XXI, No.5, 19 June 1914.]


[The Council of the Guild of Undergraduates] (n.d. [?1919)

Reference D917/5/4
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('Council 2')


University Rugby Team (n.d. [1920])

Reference D917/5/5
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Group photograph of a University rugby football [First] XV team, with schoolboy spectators in the background.

[Excluding the spectator background, this photograph is reproduced in The Sphinx, Vol. XXVI, No.4, 16 June 1920, with the caption 'Winners of the Christie Shield (1919-20)' and with a caption identifying all those pictured, including Mr. S. Dumbell, later Registrar of the University.]

('Football 2')


[Council of the Guild of Undergraduates] ((1920-21))

Reference D917/5/6
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Together with Mr. Bowsher's typescript transcript of the caption identifying all those pictured on a framed copy of this photograph which he possesses.

The Lady President (Miss S.H. Gilchrist) and the President (Dr. A. McKie Reid) are pictured, seated, fourth and fifth from the left on the front row.

('Council 3')


[Dr. J. George Adami, Vice-Chancellor], ()

Reference D917/5/7
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

The Vice Chancellor is pictured standing in front of a tent, on his visit to [the University O.T.C. at its camp at Conway].

('Adami-Conway visit')


An unknown [member of the University O.T.C., probably an officer] having an open air bath at the [O.T.C.'s camp at Conway] (n.d. [July 1921])

Reference D917/5/8
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('unknown C')


Students (n.d. [?1919-21)

Reference D917/5/9
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Male [students, standing on the steps of the entrance to the Men's Wing of the Students' Union, Bedford Street North, with much of the ground and first floors of the Students' Union building also being featured].

('undergrad.bg.')


University Sports Day (n.d. [?1921)

Reference D917/5/10
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Spectators [including Dr. J. George Adami, Vice-Chancellor, seated on the ground in the centre of the photograph, at the front] in front of [the University of Liverpool Athletic Club Pavilion at Calderstones Park] on the occasion of [a University Sports Day]

('sports day 8')


Sports Day (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/11
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Three gentlemen [in front of the entrance to the Athletic Club Pavilion at Calderstones Park]; left to right: ?, Dr. J. George Adami (Vice-Chancellor), and Dr. A. McKie Reid (President of the Guild of Undergraduates, 1920-21).

('sports day 6')


Male students at the finishing line of a race with [the Athletic Club Pavilion at Calderstones] in the background. (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/12
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('sports day 7')


Spectators watching a gentleman in the air, long-jumping, with buildings in the background. (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/13
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

[This event may have taken place in Wales or elsewhere for the buildings are not recognised as those at or near Calderstones Park]

('sports day 5')


Sports Day (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/14
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

[? The 17th Earl of Derby, Chancellor of the University], in the centre, with ladies and gentlemen, behind some wooden benches, [? at a sports event, probably at the same location as D.917/5/13]

('sports day 2')


Sports Day (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/15
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

[? Cups on a table, behind which sits ? the 17th Earl of Derby and others], with spectators in the background, [? prior to the award of cups at a sports event, probably at the same location as D.917/5/13].

('sports day 1')


[? The 17th Earl of Derby, presenting a cup at a sports event] with spectators in the background. (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/16
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Photograph probably taken a few minutes after D.917/5/15.

('sports day 4')


Two male students standing near an archway (n.d. [?1919-21])

Reference D917/5/17
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

[? near Liverpool Royal Infirmary]

('students')


Male and female students in deck chairs and on the ground [outside the Athletic Club Pavilion at Calderstones Park] (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/18
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('tea 2')


Male and female students seated at a tea table [? at the University's Athletic Grounds at Calderstones Park]. (n.d. [?1919-21])

Reference D917/5/19
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Dr. A. McKie Reid is seated on the left, in army uniform.

('tea')


Group photograph of [? Housemen/women] outside a building [? at Liverpool Royal Infirmary]; Dr. A. McKie Reid is seated in the centre. (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/20
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('med.school 1')


Dr. A. McKie Reid (on the far left) with nursing staff and [visitors] in a decorated ward [? of Liverpool Royal Infirmary]. (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/21
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('med.school 2')


Three female nurses in a [room adjoining a ward, ? in Liverpool Royal Infirmary] (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/22
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('nurses')


A female nurse in a [? courtyard] garden of [? Liverpool Royal Infirmary] (n.d. [?1921])

Reference D917/5/23
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

('nurse')


Julian M C Bowsher, The Reid Brothers in the First World War, Volume 2 : The Letters; together with the contents pages of Volumes 1 - 3 (2005-06)

Reference D917/6
Physical Description ( 1 volume, and two sheets)

Scope and Content

This volume contains transcripts of all the surviving letters, postcards, etc., written by Andrew McKie Reid and his two brothers, John and James, during their service in the British army in the First World War; each transcript is provided with editorial notes by Mr Bowsher.

Copyright / Reproduction Conditions

Note : no material in this study may be reproduced or cited without the express written permission of the author.


Photographs of medical students and staff and of the University Officers' Training Corps (1933-1938)

Reference D422
Physical Description 2 envelopes

Scope and Content

Copies of photographs of medical students and staff, including those of Liverpool Royal Infirmary, Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Royal Southern Hospital and Mill Royal Infirmary, and of the University Officer Training Corps

Acquisition Information

Dr Gwenda Hughes (nee Vaughan), Malpas per Emeritus Prof T Cecil Gray; 7 Aug 1987

Location of Originals

Originals loaned for copying by Dr Gwenda Hughes.


Photocopies of Reports on Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps in the Journal and Newsletter of the King's Regiment ((1976), (1989), (1995) - (1999))

Reference D826
Physical Description 1 envelope

Scope and Content

Photocopies of title pages and reports on Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps published in The Kingsman, The Journal of the King's Regiment and The King's Regiment: Half Yearly Newsletter (1976, 1988, 1989, 1995-1999); list of Honorary Colonels (1951 onwards) and Commanding Officers (1919 onwards) of the Liverpool O.T.C.

Acquisition Information

Copies taken from copies of the journal and newsletter which were kindly loaned by Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Atkinson, T.D. (Commanding Officer of the O.T.C., 1996-1999), a senior member of staff of Marconi, Chorley. 19 July 2000

Access Points

Subjects
University of Liverpool Officers' Training Corps
Education Military

Photocopies of the title pages and reports on Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps published in The Kingsman, The Journal of the King's Regiment ((1976), (1989), (1995) - (1999))

Reference D826/1
Physical Description 1 bundle

Scope and Content

  • Vol. VIII, Nos. 3-6 (Summer 1976-Winter 1978/1979)
  • Vol. IX. Nos. 1-3, 5
  • Vol. X [single issue]
  • Vol. XI, Nos. 1-3
  • Vol. XII, No.1 (Winter 1989)
  • Summer 1976 - Winter 1989
  • Winter 1995
  • 1996-1999

Photocopy of the title page and report on Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps published in the King's Regiment: Half Yearly Newsletter (July 1988)

Reference D826/2
Physical Description 1 bundle

Copy of Lieutenant-Colonel Atkinson's revised list of the Honorary Colonels (1951 onwards) and of the Commanding Officers (1919 onwards) of the Liverpool University O.T.C. (2000)

Reference D826/3
Physical Description 1 bundle

Annual Reports (1932-1980)

Reference D896
Physical Description 1 bundle, 202 sheets

Scope and Content

These papers comprise annual and camp reports for the Officers Training Corps of the Liverpool University Contingent. Annotated with notes, the bundle is incomplete, particularly for records during the Second World War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were deposited with the University Archive by A. N. Ricketts in October 2002.

Note

Listed by Amy Greir, May 2012.