This portrait is unidentified. It was almost certainly taken in Scotland during World War I. The boys look very young. They may be the youngest boys at a public school/academy. That would mean boys about 13-14 years old. Some of the boys here look a littleyounger, but this could be a public school cadet groups. Or they could still be at their prep school. They would have been the older boys at a prep school which would be boys 12-13years old.
Prep schools could not participate in the Armny Cadet Force (ACF). There was nothing, however, to prevent the schools from organizing their own independent cadet group. Prep schools today do not have cadet groups like this. But we are not sure about prep schools duriung the orld war I era. A further complication is that in Scotland there were full term schools, including colleges and academies that boys of all ages. Of course, schools can be identified from their uniforms, but as these boys are wearing cadet uniforms, that is not possible.
A reader writes, "That photograph is certainly puzzling. I wonder if it is Scottish - the boys are wearing self-coloured kilts, rather than tartan ones, which would surely be rare in Scotland. I am also puzzled by the presence of two priests, or possibly ministers. I have never heard of prep schools having any sort of cadet force, and it is even odder to have two priests at a military gathering, and no other adults." About the priests, HBC is not sure. Bit I think during World War I, even Scottish regiments had khaki uniforms including kilts.
Notice the checked pattern on the Glengarries. We do not known if it was peculiar to Scotland. But the
Glengarries thenselves seem perfectly Scottish.
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