History Project Introduction

ROCA 22 GROUP HISTORY PROJECT

32/22 GROUP ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS

The history of the R.O.C., from a national viewpoint, is well documented, from its origins during the First World War, the subsequent “official” creation of the O.C. in 1925, its vital role in the Battle of Britain in 1940 (for which it became the Royal Observer Corps) and its eventual change to a nuclear role in the ‘50s followed, sadly, by its final stand down in 1995.

At a “local level” however there exist very few historical records of the individual Groups which made up the National Organisation. So! Twenty Five years after the stand down of 22 Group R.O.C. we decided to try and record OUR History! We have gathered from many, and varied, sources as much information as possible and a timeline for our Group has emerged. The available information, to date, has been listed in the following papers and we hope it will inspire more individual memories which can be added to this project. After all, if you served in the R.O.C., YOU helped make history so add your memories to those already gathered.

We give our grateful thanks to those who have already given time and material to the project. A special heartfelt thank you is extended to John Rimmington who has worked tirelessly to gather, collate, correct and produce the document we have available today.
Now it’s over to you.

Read and enjoy the history of 32/22 Group R.O.C.

COPYRIGHT 22 GROUP R.O.C.A.

PRODUCED BY 22 R.O.C.A. COMMITTEE. FEB 2017

22 R.O.C.A. 2016 A.G.M. History Project launch.