The Sea Cadet, No. 1, Vol. 3, September 1945

VOL. 3 NO. I SEPTEMBER 1945 THE SEA CADET OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE SEA CADET CORPS PRICE 6 d Published Monthly EDITORIAL OFFICES, cc THE SEA CADET, 5 GRAND BUILDINGS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, WC2 About Ourselves Here is final ,complete, unquestionable victory overall our enemies. After six years of endurance, cour­age, fortitude and effort— in which you, the Sea Cadets, have borne a full and honourable share, both as cadets and as sailors serving at sea—we have lasted and come to the end of the road. None of us should fail, both publicly and in secret, even in very secret, to give thanks to God. It is by a miracle that this great country and this perfectly free Empire of independent people have been preserved. Never in all our history have v\'e come nearer to disaster and extinction. The world counted us lost in 1940. Some of them gloated over our downfall some of them shed tears for our end. But not one of them supposed for a moment that we had a hope of survival. It was then that Winston Churchill took us by the hand and led us through the dark and in­spired us by the splendour of his words, which sprang from the splendour of his heart, to heights which we had never touched before in all our history. His hold on our affections and reverence is quite secure, whether hebe in oflice or out of it. For ourselves, each one of us, everyman, woman, boy and girl in this country has been worthy of the men and women who begat them. We have touched the heights and we must see to it, somehow or other, that we do not now shortfall of our own greatness in the tremendous difficulties and problems and even dangers with which victory con­fronts us. There is tremendous danger in the atomic bomb which added the final touch to the annihilation of Japan, just as there should be unimaginable hopes in the power of atomic energy for the benefit of all mankind. It seems absurd to imagine for a moment that mankind could be so mad as to take to war again. But it would be even more mad to leave ourselves uncovered or to confide at present in the belief that mankind will become sane and kindly and tolerant. For the time being and probably for many years to come there is not a lessening but an increasing need for discipline and service. Indeed, so long as this earth lasts there will be urgent need for these. It is up to you. Sea Cadets, to give the lead to the others. And—how thoroughly deserved are the words “God Save The King ”!THE“ ROBB JOIXYBOAT ”We publish to-day diagrams, pictures and description of the new boat specially designed by Lieut.-Cmdr. Arthur Robb, R.N.V.R., for the use of the Sea Cadet Corps. It is greatly hoped, and not without good foundation for the hopes, that this boat will serve all the purposes of training in sails and oars which Sea Cadets particularly need, and if by the usual processes of trial and error the boat is generally approved, units should have little difficulty in the future in acquiring one of these boats. This will certainly abe great prize and a spur to effort by every unit which does not at present possess these facilities. EX-SEA CADETS VICTORIA CROSS Avery great honour has come to the Sea Cadet Corps as a whole. The Victoria Cross has been awarded posthumously to Fusilier Dennis Donnini, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He won the award in an assault on the German position between the Roer and the Maas on 18th January, 1945. Although badly wounded, he went out under intense close- range fire and carried one of his wounded companions into a barn. Then he took a Bren gun and went out of the barn firing ashe went. He was wounded again, but pulled himself together and went on firing until a third bullet hit a grenade he was carrying and killed him. As the citation has it, “his superb gallantry and'self-sacrifice drew the enemy fire from his companions onto himself. As a result, the British cap­tured the position.” Fusilier Donnini had been a cadet in the Hartlepool (Jarvis) unit. He has given an example and set a standard of self-sacrifice, courage and determination which will live forever in the annals of the Corps. PRIZE ESSAY In the July number we announced that two prizes would be forgiven the best essay written by a Sea Cadet, the subject being “Why I Like Being a Sea Cadet.” The prize-winners of this competition are: 1. Cadet J. D. Norton, Gravesend Unit. 2. Cadet L.S. W.M. Broomfield, Newcastle No. 1 Unit. The response to the competition was most heartening, and we have been greatly encouraged by the good sense shown by contributors. The competition was areal success, and will be repeated. We publish the winning essay on page 21. “Taking it green” 1
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