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of 1942 saw the Unit settling down to a routine of two instructional parades a week with classes in seamanship,

Richard Hampson wrote to me about St Helens Sea Cadets. He sent a fascinating 15 page attachment which I have sent out complete with the August mailing of my local history newsletter.

"The parade took place at Knowsley Road RLFC in September 1942. "The autumn D Rose Lakeshore Shoes

"It was necessary for each candidate to pass a stringent medical examination, and, unfortunately, we were not allowed to recruit boys already in reserved occupations such as coal mining.

Wishing to continue to make use of my naval training I joined the Liverpool Sea Cadet Corps early in 1942, initially as a civilian instructor "Pre war and up to the latter part of 1941 the Sea

Cadet Corps had been under the Navy League and there were comparatively few units, but during 1941 the Admiralty took control and initiated a big programme of expansion.

A short time later the Area Officer telephoned me to say that Admiralty approval had been given and to ask me if I would Adidas All Star Baby Pink

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"Admiralty had set the strength of the Unit at 100 cadets and I decided to accept 125 who were selected after much hard work by our Medical Officer, Dr. Gerald O'Brien and my Officers.

The Country was divided into areas in the charge of serving officers as Area Officer. About February 1942 the Liverpool Unit was inspected by the Area Officer and I enquired if there was any

and this address became our official HQ for the whole period of my command.

demobilised to return to my civilian employment in St Adidas Climacool Old

His father recalled "As an RNVR officer I was called up in August 1939 and after a short period of training served in an escort vessel on North Atlantic convoy duties. Towards the end of 1941 I was

atmosphere. We were allowed to recruit only boys who were both fit for and available for Naval Service when called up.

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response "Meanwhile Mr Collins, the Director of Education, had been helping me by investigating the matter of premises and this resulted in us being given the use of St Thomas' School, Peter

"I was also offered by the Corporation, and accepted, the tenancy at a nominal rental of the second floor of Victoria Chambers, 10 New Market Place. This comprised one large and three small rooms

navigation, squad drill, ranks, ratings and Naval customs; visual signals and wireless telegraphy.

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Street, for two evenings each week.

"Whereas under the Navy League the Sea Cadet Corps had basically been a youth club with a nautical flavour, the emphasis, under the Admiralty, was now on pre service training in a youth club

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be prepared to be Commanding Officer.

"Shortly afterwards Admiralty's formal approval was received and I was instructed to "get on with it." I advertised for helpers in the local press and received a small but very satisfactory

"Plans were already afoot for St Helens to give an official welcome to the Sea Cadet Corps by having a parade of all uniformed youth organisations and it was with surprise and delight that I

"During the D Rose 7 Glow In The Dark period of my command the strength of the unit remained between 100 and 125 cadets, 100 in uniform with the remainder in the recruits division awaiting uniformed places.

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"I felt that at 24 I was rather young for this appointment but, as there seemed to be no other obvious candidate, I agreed to accept.

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learned that Admiral Sir Percy Noble, Commander in Chief, Western Approaches, had agreed to inspect the parade and to take the salute afterwards.


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likelihood of a unit being formed in St Helens.

the time. Sub Lieutenant Chris Pennington was an ex Marconi radio operator and CPO Jack Denton a First World War visual signalman.

"Around the middle of my period in command we were joined by Sub Lieutenant W. Ellison as a seamanship instructor, and a willing helper with many extra curricular activities.

"We gave special encouragement to cadets who wished to become communications ratings because there was a serious shortage of both visual signalmen and wireless telegraphists in the Royal Navy at

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Richard writes: "I am Treasurer for the St Helens Sea Cadets, an organisation formed by my late Father in September 1942. The organisation will be 60 years old in September, coinciding with the

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