The TENTH Entry was attested at the Administrative Apprentice Training School RAF St Athan in May 1950 and training was undertaken in the trades of Clerk Secretarial, Pay Accounting and Supply until January 1952.
The McKewen Trophy – Brad Bradley
It was originally presented by AVM McKewen for presentation to the winning team in an annual enter-apprentice school fencing competition to be fought in foil, epee and sabre. I think, at the time, there were three schools competing: Halton, Cosford and St Athan. We were the first AATS team to win the trophy. Those in the photo were: back row L to R; Myself, ‘Del’ White, Brian Knott and ‘Du’ Duval. Seated O i/c Fencing (can’t remember name) Wg Cdr Pollard CO AATS, Mr Harry Birch (Fencing Master); Front sitting: Bill Poynton and ? Cooke. At some stage the McKewan Trophy was lost but around 1975 it was found at the back of a display case at RAF Halton. The apprentice schools had closed by this time and so the RAF Fencing Union approached AVM McKewan’s widow, Lady McKewan, for permission to re-allocate the trophy. She agreed and the RAF Inter-Unit 1-Hit Epee Competition was introduced. I am happy to say that I captained the RAF High Wycombe team who were the first winners and also had the pleasure of receiving the trophy (for a second time), this time from Lady McKewan (in her 90’s) who came for the latter stage of the competition.