The Sea Cadet, No. 6, Vol. 2, February 1945

EDITORIAL OFFICES, “THE SEA CADET,” GRAND BUILDINGS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON WC2 VOL. 2 NO. 6 FEBRUARY 1945 THE SEA CADET OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE SEA CADET CORPS About Ourselves PRICE 6 d Published Monthly A greAt many o f you may have heard Mr. A.V. Alex­ander. First Lord of the Admiralty, make an appeal on behalf of your own Corps over the wireless on 21st January. But certainly not all of you, and certainly not all of your family and friends. This eloquent appeal by the First Lord was avery great tribute to all the officers and boys of the Sea Cadet Corps, to the now long and honoured history and traditions of this Corps, and to the Navy League, which was entirely respon­sible for it until the Admiralty overtook the training and which now carries all the responsibility for the welfare, recreational and social'services on which it depends. These last, for which the Admiralty does not provide, were the object of the appeal. In matters of this kind it is well to remember that no contribution is either negligible or wasted. A shilling tenor shillings may not go very far towards acquiring headquarters for a unit or providing footballs, boxing gloves or holiday camps. But the aggregate of small contributions will certainly abe major part of the response to Mr. Alexander’s appeal. Here is in slightly shortened form the address which he made over the wireless, and nothing could be more true or more persuasive than his eloquent words: “The Sea Cadet Corps gives pre-entry training for service in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy. Every year about one-third of those enrolled enter the two great Services, a remarkable output of splendid material. When the war broke out the number of cadets was rather less than 10.000, but the Corps proved itself so useful that some years ago the Admiralty assumed, jointly with the Navy League, the responsibility for the training of the cadets, and provision was made for increasing the Corps to a maximum of 50.000. "But it is not because the Corps is a splendid field of recruitment in war that I am making this appeal to-night. “Forty years ago, ten years after its foundation, the Navy League founded the Sea Cadet Corps. The first aim was to turnout boys of high character, and in those days it was not intended that a cadet should necessarily make the sea his career. The Sea Cadet Corps is a youth movement with a forty-year tradition, and a tradition that is peculiarly British, because it is connected with the sea. In peacetime, no less than in wartime, the Sea Cadet Corps trains our youth inhabits of self-discipline, initiative and good citizenship.“ 1 am appealing to-night for help to provide the facili­ties which belong essentially to the youth movement side of the Corps, which will be permanent, and which arc not the responsibility of the Admiralty. These things are club facili­ties (including handicrafts, discussion groups, drama and art classes), all forms of indoor and outdoor sports and games (including, of course, with particular emphasis, rowing and sailing), and permanent holiday camps and centres where training can be given to leaders and instructors. “Our young men have shown in a time of national emer­gency the great service of which they arc capable. By invest­ing in them we shall get the best of all rewards—the future welfare of our country. So I am asking you to-night to con­tribute to vour utmost to the Navy League Sea Cadet Corps Appeal. The Admiralty, conscious of the great work which the Sea Cadet Corps has performed, whole-heartedly support the appeal. I hope you will give all you can and send it tome —A.V. Alexander, Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, London. W.C.2.” “VICTORY AT SEA ”EXHIBITION Readers will welcome the news that the “Victory at Sea ”Exhibition, sponsored by the News Chronicle, which met with so great a success in London, is to be staged in Bristol —at the Museum and Art Gallery in Queen's Road—from 14th February to 3rd March. The opening ceremony will take place at 2.45 p.m. on 14th February and the exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sundays 2.30 to 5 p.m. Prices of admission are Is., and 6d. for members of the Services in uniform and children. This interesting event, organized by the News Chronicle and the Navy League in collaboration with the Admiralty, coincides with the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s appeal for the Royal and Merchant Navies, and the proceeds arc ear­marked for the Sea Cadet Corps. Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay :as Admiral in command at Dover, he was responsible for our withdrawal from Dunkirk in 1940, for the Allied landings in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, and forD Day
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