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    Lt Cdr SCC Ken Caslaw MBE RNR

    | 26 Jul 2016

     

    Ken served an incredible 67 years in the Sea Cadets from 1947 to 2014. He was born in Whitley Bay in 1924 and volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1940. He was later commissioned into the RNVR and spent much of his time serving in Coastal Forces rising to Lieutenant RNVR in command of his boat. He was present at D Day and was wounded when his ML was hit by a shell from a German E Boat; at the end of the War he was in the Baltic. Ken was demobilised in 1947 returning to Whitley Bay where joining the Sea Cadets as a Sub Lieutenant. Ken was the Unit’s Commanding Officer from 1956 until 1981 and again from 1983 to 1988. He then spent 10 years helping at Gosforth Unit before retiring from active rank in 1998. Even then Ken continued to be involved by helping as an instructor back at Whitley Bay until finally retiring in 2014. Ken made sure that the Unit had an active programme with an emphasis on outdoor activities such as boating, shooting and adventure training. During his time in command the Unit acquired the torpedo recovery vessel ‘McGregor’ which was used for offshore training. During his time as CO of Whitley Bay the Unit won the Stephenson Trophy for the old North East Area 5 times and the Mountbatten Trophy once. Ken was appointed MBE in 2004 and in 2014 the Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Jonathan Holland RN, presented Ken with the Captain’s Medal for over 50 years of service to the Sea Cadets. Ken was elected as an Honorary Member of the MSSC in the same year Ken married Joyce who served in the Unit as a Third Officer GNTC but has predeceased him. Their son Paul also commanded Whitley Bay Unit. Outside the cadets Ken maintained his interest in the sea working as a Shipping manager. Next Story by: Elizabeth Chambers Date added: 3 Feb 2016

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    Elizabeth Chambers MBE

    Middlesborough, | 26 Jul 2016

     

    SEA CADET CAREER 42 years of volunteering by Liz Chambers came to a close in 2015 with her retirement as Northern Area Deputy Chairman. Her Sea Cadet career started in 1973 when she helped form the Middlesbrough Girls Nautical Training Corps (GNTC) and became a third officer with Middlesbrough Sea Cadets TS Jupiter. She later joined the TA, leaving for the birth of her daughter when she became active in community work. Liz recovered her connections with the Armed Forces in 1992 through being elected as Branch Secretary, Poppy Appeal Organiser and Welfare Officer of The Royal British Legion. Whilst serving as Branch Secretary in 2001 she was asked to become Chairman of Middlesbrough Sea Cadets to prevent it from having to close, owing to lack of funding and committee. The cadets paraded at St. Oswald’s Church, then the TA Centre Coulby Newham and from 2007 at the West Lodge at Albert Park. Finally, after a 5 year campaign, the Unit moved to a permanent base in the larger East Lodge that was officially opened on 15 September 2012, the 70th year of the Unit’s history. In 2002 Liz organised the first Battle of Trafalgar Parade to take place in Middlesbrough with cadets from Stockton, Hartlepool, Guisborough and Seaham joining with their Mayoral and Civic parties (the first time in over 30 years they had all been together on one parade). The following year there was a Trafalgar Night Dinner in Coulby Newham TA Centre – the first time the cadets had hosted a dinner in the Unit’s 64 year history. A committee decision was taken to change the name TS Jupiter (as HMS Jupiter had been de-commissioned) to Marlborough which was Middlesbrough’s adopted ship (which then also got de-commissioned), so in 2006 the Unit reverted to TS Erimus (the original TS name) to show their affiliation to the town of Middlesbrough, which the Unit is proud and honoured to be affiliated with.

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