United Services College

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Coordinates: 51°02′24″N 4°14′17″W / 51.040°N 4.238°W / 51.040; -4.238 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.


The college was founded in 1874 and was absorbed by the Imperial Service College in 1906, which in turn merged with Haileybury College in 1942.

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.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Frederick Charles Danvers, (1894), Memorials of Old Haileybury College, page 455, (A. Constable and Company)
  2. ^ a b c d e Haileybury College Archives – Roll of Honour
  3. ^ Francis Aylmer Maxwell, (1921), Frank Maxwell: A Memoir and Some Letters, page 9, (J. Murray)