United Services College
Coordinates: The United Services College was an English private boys' public boarding school for the sons of military officers, located at Westward Ho! near Bideford in North Devon. It was founded to prepare pupils for military service, many of them going on to Sandhurst and Dartmouth.
As at virtually all boys' schools of its era, corporal punishment (strokes of the cane) was used, but USC was very unusual in that the cane was applied to the student's upper back (as described by Kipling) rather than the buttocks.
Notable former pupils
- Rudyard Kipling, writer. His collection of stories, Stalky & Co, is based on his experiences at the College.
- Major-General Lionel Dunsterville CB, CSI. A contemporary of Kipling, he was the inspiration for the character of Stalky, in the Stalky & Co. stories.
- Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist and author
- Colonel Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson, VC, CB (attended United Services College Day Boy 1875). He was a Major when he earned his VC.
- Brigadier General George William St. George Grogan, VC, CB, CMG, DSO & Bar (attended United Services College 1890 – 1893)
- Brigadier General The Honourable Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven, VC, GCMG, CB, DSO & Bar, PC, Croix de Guerre (France and Belgium)
- Earl of Gowrie & Viscount Ruthven of Canberra. (attended United Services College 1882.2). He was a Captain when he earned his VC.
- Brigadier General Francis Aylmer Maxwell, VC, CSI, DSO & Bar, (attended United Services College 1883 – 1890)
- Captain Anketell Moutray Read, VC, (attended United Services College 1898 – 1902)
- Major General Cyril Wagstaff, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
- Archibald Ritchie (1869–1955), British Army Major-General of World War I
- Colonel Bernard Underwood Nicolay (attended 1887 – 1892)
- Frederick Charles Danvers, (1894), Memorials of Old Haileybury College, page 455, (A. Constable and Company)
- Haileybury College Archives – Roll of Honour
- Francis Aylmer Maxwell, (1921), Frank Maxwell: A Memoir and Some Letters, page 9, (J. Murray)