The Sea Cadet, No. 4, Vol. 3, December 1945

EDITORIAL OFFICES, cc THE SEA CADET,” GRAND BUILDINGS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, WC2 VOL. 3 NO. 4 DECEMBER 1945 THE SEA CADET OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE SEA CADET CORPS PRICE 6 d Published Monthly Avery happy Christ tomas you all. At last these words mean something and, God be praised, “peace on earth goodwill toward men ”has come again. May God in His mercy see that we keep it. HALLMARK “We are convinced that the training given in the Sea Cadet Corps constitutes the finest preparation not only for a life at sea but also for future citizenship of the country and the Empire.” You will find these words in Unit News this month. Let us think, for a moment, about this word “citizen­ship.” In October, Kingston unit published an appeal in the Surrey Comet for funds to build classrooms as a memorial to the nineteen ex-Sea Cadets who lost their lives in this war. In this appeal Kingston pats itself on the back for having won, for the past thirteen consecutive years, the Championship Flag of the Navy League as the most efficient unit in the country. It is right that they should be proud of this achievement and they thoroughly deserve the flag. But those who are responsible for the training of the unit stress the point that they take more pride in the fact that the cadets outgo into the world with the “Kingston hallmark.” They are “enthusiastic and disciplined, stout of heart and strong in character.” They outgo into the world as Good Citizens. That, surely, is the crux of the matter. Many in the ranks of the Sea Cadet Corps will not necessarily choose the sea as their profession, but no matter what profession they choose they will have a “hallmark.” You all know what a hallmark is? It is a mark of worth. If you buy apiece of silver and it is hallmarked you know that it is good and that you are getting your money’s worth. If, when you outgo into the world, those whom you come up against could say, “Here is someone who has a hall­mark, therefore he is the one for us,” you will have a marketable value. You will be worth something. And that will be of immense value to you. So, whatever profession you intend to adopt, make the most of your time in the Sea Cadet Corps and achieve a hallmark. It will be invaluable to you and nothing but good can come of being a good citizen of the Empire. If all the nations in all the world were made up of good citizens, mankind could look forward to “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men ”so long as this world may last. OUR YOUNGER BROTHERS Quite a number of units are starting their own unit maga­zines which we welcome with affection and interest. Other units produce brochures giving the history of the unit and something of their activities. Of the latter kind we have just seen one produced by Kettering unit, T.S. Pytchley, which is excellent in every way. The work of the unit is told almost entirely in pictures and they can well be proud of their achievement, both as to their work and their publi­cation. Of the former kind we have readjust a recent edition of The Ditty Box, the monthly magazine published by Walthamstow unit. One of its most valuable features is the news of its ex-Sea Cadets. This keeping up with the “old boys ”is a grand idea and the more that can be done in this way the better. Sailors love to run across old “shipmates,” but how much more must they relish having a yarn in some foreign town with a fellow who was once a member of their own hometown and unit. But the tragedy is that sailor may meet sailor and not know the ties that lie between them. We make no apologies for reproducing one of its less serious items, although we wonder who was responsible for it! “The Commodore of the Convoy watched an escort plane flyby and from it came a carrier pigeon. Powerful glasses watched every flap of its wings until it alighted on the deck. “The Second Mate raced to get the message and handed it over to the Commodore, who opened it, read it, cursed and walked away in a rage. “After he had gone, the Second Mate picked it up. The message said: “41 .have been sent down for. being naughty in my cage.’ ”SERVICES BOXING The Empire Pool and Sports Arena at Wembley is re­opening on 12th December, when England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales meet in a Services International Amateur Boxing Tournament. The proceeds are being divided between the welfare funds of the Sea Cadet Corps, the A.T.C. and the A.C.F. There will be bouts at all weights, excepting fly and heavy, and with the semi-finals and finals there will be eighteen contests. Tickets will be 42s., 24s., 12s. 6d., 6s. and 3s. 6d., and are obtainable by personal application to the Box Office, Empire Pool, Wembley (Telephone, Wembley 1234), at all the usual ticket agencies, or you can apply for them by letter, enclos­ing the price of the ticket and a stamped and addressed envelope. The teams will consist of many A.B.A. national cham­pions and will bethe“ front-line ”men of their countries, so if you want to be present at this great tournament, the first big boxing show for many years, you had better do something about your ticket at once. A CHRISTMAS PRESENT The Navy League’s 1946 YearBook will be ready early in December. It is inbound a semi-stiff blue cover and is 10J in. by 7± in. Its 200 pages cover largely the spirit and service of the war it will have a week-to-a-page diary and an alphabetical summary of the chief naval events in English history. It costs 7s. 6d., post free, and would make an ideal Christmas present. We advise those of you who want it to write at once to the Navy League (YearBook Department), Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, W.C.2. The entire profits of this book togo the Sea Cadet Corps Appeal (Lord Lloyd Memorial). 97
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