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Westerham pay tribute to HMS Gallant
pay visit to
TWO cadets from the Westerham unit braved the light of the sacrifice made by the men on Griffin, while the stern section was taken in
sub-zero temperatures to pay their respects to board the G-class destroyer. tow by HMS Mohawk and delivered to the
the men who lost their life when HMS Gallant The unit itself is named TS Gallant in honour dockyard in Malta for repairs.
struck a mine during World War 2. of the fact that survivor Cyril Edwards lives That was scheduled to take the best part of
LCs Alex Dean-Roberts and Mikey locally and is a keen supporter of the unit. 18 months, but she was seriously damaged by retires
Groombridge were unperturbed by the snow Gallant had joined a flotilla of warships a bombing raid in April 1942 and beached at
and ice as they laid a wreath at the national assembled to escort a convoy in the Pinto Wharf. NEVILLE Hallifax – now in
World War 2 destroyer monument in Chatham Mediterranean when she hit the mine south- Gallant was declared a total loss and whatever his 85th year – has announced
Historic Dockyard as close as possible to the east of Pantellaria on 10 January 1941. equipment she had on board was salvaged. his retirement from his long
HORNCHURCH and Upminster
date and time of the ship’s loss. The blast blew off her bow, killing 65 and In 1943 the hulk of this ship was used as
association as president and life
Both cadets were determined to lay the injuring 15 of her complement of around 150. a blockship in St Pauls Bay, but was finally
cadets paid a visit to a Royal Navy
president, as well as trustee of the
wreath, saying it was the least they could do in Survivors were mostly picked up by HMS broken up a decade later.
patrol boat, reviving a county link
unit and the county council lease
in the process.
for TS Osborne.
The youngsters from TS
Neville’s voluntary service has
Hurricane were invited on board
Lodges help Worthing
spanned almost 40 years with the
HMS Raider while it was alongside
Corps as committee member and
HMS President, the Royal Navy
vice chairman of TS Lion, the
establishment at St Katherine’s
Slough unit, and president of TS
Dock in central London.
Windsor Castle, the Windsor and
The World War 2 R-class
destroyer HMS Raider was
Since moving to the Isle of
adopted by Romford, a couple of
Wight 18 years ago he has served
miles north-west of Hornchurch.
start to rebuild fleet
the Cowes unit as president and
While on board the current
acting chairman, when needed.
Raider, the Cambridge University
He also assisted as a committee
RN Unit boat, cadets were shown
member of the Sea Cadet
the engine room.
Association at HQ in London.
They were also challenged to
Having seen service with the
see how fast they could put on
Royal Navy during World War 2
a survival suit, and asked to plot
– he is a veteran of the D Day
their position on the Thames using WORTHING cadets were
landings on HMS Southdown and
the ship’s charts on the bridge. among the beneficiaries of
later on HMS Superb on the
They rounded the evening off
Mediterranean station as well as
a distribution of donations
with a photograph with the boat’s
assistant to the naval officer in
CO, Lt Adam Riddett
charge of the port of Naples – his
The “Sussex for Sussex”
Hornchurch had its own ship
experience has been invaluable in
initiative by the Masonic Lodges
during the war, but her history
the youth organisation.
of the county resulted in the
did not have the same happy
Neville has offered to use his
ending as that of Raider.
£90,000 handout to various experience, should this be required,
The R-class warship survived
charitable causes, presented during at any time in the future.
the conflict and was transferred to
a ceremony at the Charmandean
the Indian Navy in 1949.
Centre in Worthing.
HMS Hurricane, a Havant-
Because of advances in
class ship, was built and launched
technology, the sailing dinghies
as war broke out, and she was
owned by TS Vanguard were
CCF hosted nine cadets and
bombed and sunk in Liverpool
instructors from TS Laforey and
during an air raid in May 1941.
A bid was made, through Ross
Rushden Diamond Division to
She was raised and returned
Everett, Worshipful Brother of
a day’s target shooting on their
to service in January 1942 but
the Sompting Lodge, for funds
25-metre indoor range.
just hours before Christmas the
to purchase a Laser Pico, the new All those involved enjoyed firing
following year she was struck by
standard of dinghy for the Corps. the Mk 8 .22 rifle at a variety of
a German torpedo off the Azores
The application was approved, static and moving targets, with all
and crippled; three of her crew died
and the boat, complete with a full cadets achieving very creditable
and the ship sank hours later.
suit of sails, a launching trolley scores, including several bull’s
By that time the link with
and road trailer, was presented to eyes.
Hornchurch had been cemented,
the unit by the Regional Grand The school’s CCF contingent
and one surviving illustration is in
Master, Ken Thomas. was established in 1901, and its
the name of the Hornchurch and
Representing the unit were current senior officer, Maj (CCF)
CPO (SCC) Rob Picknell, AC Steve Garfirth, said: It was a
Smallpiece, MC O’Neill, Junior pleasure to see such enthusiasm
Cdt 1st Class Picknell and unit from the Sea Cadets and I look
chairman David Shipley. forward to hosting many more
Brother Craig MacKay, the
charity co-ordinator for the
Members of TS Laforey,
Sompting Lodge was also in
the Northampton and
attendance, saying that the cadets
Wellingborough unit, are also
TWO representatives of Type 42 were a credit to the Corps, and to
hoping to forge closer links with
● Worthing cadets and members of the Sussex Masonic Lodges with TS Vanguard’s new dinghy
destroyer HMS Nottingham, Lt the youth of the county.
their colleagues from the CCF.
Cdr David Temple and CPO Tony
Murphy, attended the Dining Out
of Lt Cdr (SCC) Michelle Welsh
RNR, the Commanding Officer of Drill event ‘shows
The event was held at the Park
Yacht Club Nottingham.
The principal guest was Sea
Cadet Area Officer Cdr Clive
cadets at their best’
Smith – it was also a final farewell CADETS from across the Severn district, marks awarded for many years.
to Cdr Smith and a fitting tribute including Malvern unit, donned their best uniforms District Officer Lt Cdr Mike Pritchard said: “This
was presented to him. and competed in their annual drill and piping competition shows the cadets at their best.
The occasion was also marked competition. “They train hard
by a presentation of a cheque from The event, which for this competition
HMS Nottingham towards the included armed and and it shows –
redevelopment of TS Orion. unarmed marching the results are
Throughout her working life drill, as well as outstanding again
the destroyer, which was formally piping, attracted this year.
decommissioned at Portsmouth strong competition “The piping was
Naval Base last month, has from all over the of a particularly high
maintained a strong affiliation region. standard.
● Pictured above are VIP guests from the Stretford unit’s annual
with Orion. Malvern were “Sea Cadets
awards ceremony, along with some of the winning cadets. At the back,
runners-up in have been around
from left, are Wendy Higgins, the Mayoress of Trafford; Lt Cdr Jim
Affi liation with
the unarmed drill for over 200 years
Garner, the Manchester District Offi cer for the Corps, David Higgins,
section, with OC and we still uphold
the Mayor of Trafford; Cdt Nathan Stevenson, who won the award
Aaron Cale awarded traditions used many
for best attendance; Bev Hughes, MP for Stretford and Urmston; Cdt
the title of Best years ago.
Katie Graham, award for most potential; Cdt Sheridan Murray, award
for Cadet of the Year; PPO Mike Jackson, Commanding Offi cer of TS
THE affiliation of Falmouth RNA
Dressed Cadet and “We are, however,
Vengeance; and Lt Col John Davies, North West Area Offi cer for the
to Falmouth and Penryn unit
AC Alleisha Fletcher a modern, forward-
Corps. Kneeling are Cdt Louise Birchall (left), who won the award for
was cemented at a presentation
adjudged runner- thinking organisation
the best-dressed cadet, and Cdt Daniel Stevenson, award for most
evening at TS Robert Hichens.
up in the Best helping young people
Following an introduction by
Parade Commander towards responsible
unit president Cdre Peter Fish
and Colours, RNA chairman Mike
Staff at TS Duke by providing
Stevens inspected the Guard and
of York hailed it adventurous training
Support your Sea Cadets
Colour Party before presenting
as a creditable based on a nautical SC037808
the awards and bursaries.
performance as theme”
S/M Mike said some of the
many of the team
● From left, AC Oli Turner, LC Ben Turner and AC Nath Scotland
Cadets present would go on to
were making their
District winners will in Volunteer, donate or
careers in the RN or RM; they
competition debut. go on to compete in and
represent the future.
Cadets from Malvern excelled in the piping the South West area competition, which will be held
even leave a legacy.
The presence of members of 849
competition, where the centuries-old skills of using later in the year at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall. 3
NAS from RNAS Culdrose, also
the whistle known as a boatswain’s or bosun’s call Severn District has a number of annual competitions
affiliated to the unit, represented
are assessed. in which cadets aged from 10 to 18 compete in
the present, and the affiliation
The traditions of using a bosun’s call comes from numerous sports and activities, including football,
with the RNA completes the link
issuing orders on board ship when a voice could often sailing, canoeing, seamanship, cooking, athletics,
We need you:
between past, present and future.
be drowned by the sound of the sea and wind. expedition and power boating.
get inspired at
The highlight of the evening was
Malvern cadets swept the board in both sections Competitions are held throughout the year at
the presentation of a new RNA
of the competition, with AC Oli Turner winning the different locations within the district.
Cup to Cadet of the Year Tristram
Individual piping section and his brother LC Ben Attendance at Trafalgar Day and various ity
Paull. The RNA are also providing
Turner close behind him as runner-up. remembrance parades on their own territory allows c
call us on 020 7654 7000.
a bursary, for one cadet to sail with
They, together with AC Nathan Parry, went on to cadets to use their marching and drill skills in
TS Royalist for a week.
win the Team Piping competition with the highest public.
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