ATC Large Group
This picture comes from the same archive as others in this set discovered by John Whitmore.
Several of the adults seem to correlate with the parade picture in Moorland Road hall.
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John Watts (1939-40) says
[Ed. the background appears to be an aircraft hangar door - so the school playground would not be correct.
The most likely candidate would be Meir Aerodrome. However - research suggests they had Bellman type hangars which apparently have visible crossbraces on the panels.
This might be an "L" type.
It has been suggested RAF Cosford is a possibility - and Ternhill was also not far away.
"The photograph must have been taken in 1939 and it is indeed
The Burslem JTS, 236 Squadron ATC. Looking at the Photo., I
am on the left of the Cadet who is sat in front of Mr.Collinson.
The Hanley High School Squadron was 235 and they later moved
to their new school at Chell. The other Squadrons in the City were
Stoke (237) and Longton (238). I don't know all the Senior Gents
in the Photograph but one looks like Mr.Potts and another like
Mr.Mills. The Photograph, if my memory serves me rightly, was
taken in the playground of Moorland Road School, which is where
we used to do our "square bashing"."
Apparently the ATC was not officially formed until 1941. Prior to that it was the CCDN - which did not have such close links to the RAF.
Meir Aerodrome was a major air training centre for the civilian "Volunteer Reserve" from 1938 until the outbreak of war.
The School Roll of Honour has 22 names of old boys killed on active service between1939-45. Of these18 were aircrew - with several being noted as "RAF Volunteer Reserve".]