Above is a photo of the staff of the recce Battle School at Reeth, Swaledale, Yorkshire (c1943/4) outside their HQ. The photo was loaned to me by Capt Alan Blacker (front row, seventh from right). Major Sharp the C.O. sits to his left and Lt Jack Castle to his right - he doesn't recall any other names at the moment. He tells me the HQ was in a hotel/pub at the 'top of The Square' in the village of Reeth. (I have had a look on-line for photos of local hostelries but could not find an exact match - anyone with local knowledge??) After basic training at the Recce Training Centre at nearby Catterick, recruits were sent to the Battle School for 3 weeks of further intensive tactical training including night maneuvers, river crossings, mine clearance, survival and foraging skills, weapons training etc. During his time there Capt Blacker applied to join the Airborne Recce and underwent parachute training, gaining his para wings, but he was denied an active service posting at the last moment on medical grounds. He said to me 'I must have been one of the fittest men in the British Army after 18 months of living rough on Swaledale but they would have none of it!' However despite his anger at the time he now acknowledges that decision probably saved his life as few of his contemporaries survived. Tom.