Patron of the Sea Cadets

Her Majesty the Queen


Patron of Buxton Sea Cadets

His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, KG

History of Buxton Sea Cadets

We are compiling the history of the Unit. If you have any information to add to the details below, or any corrections to make, please let us know( e-mail to )

The Unit was probably first formed in the late 1930’s. It was certainly operating successfully in 1942. It was based at Kent’s Bank School. For a period from 1945 until 1959, the Unit seems to have stopped operating. In 1962, the Unit was restarted at Normanton School. In 1975, the Unit moved to premises in Ashwood Dale, owned by ICI. The building used to be an Isolation Hospital. In 1975? The HQ was changed to the Thermal Baths in The Crescent. In 1978, came the final move to the present site at Silverlands on land owned by the Ministry of Defence. The new boat shed was built between 1993 to 1997

Commanding Officers

1938? C.O. Commander Cook
No 2. Lt Steele

1960? C.O. Lt Commander John (Taffy) Rogers

C.O. Wing Commander Reg Hyde (or High)

1968? C.O. Laurie Dunn

1975 C.O. Viv Green

1978 C.O. Ken Fowler

1993 C.O. Bruce Luckman

Unit Activities

In the early days at Kent’s Bank School, the main activities were general seamanship, small arms drill, gymnastics and sailing. Sailing used to take place on Sundays at Combs Reservoir, Chapel-en-le Frith, after which the C.O. would take everyone back to his house in Chapel for afternoon tea in the garden. The cadets met on two nights a week and were able to use the equipment in the gymnasium. Boxing instruction was given by PO Fred Webb, a very well known local bantam weight boxer. In the school yard was a platform on a pole about 12 feet high, with access by a rope ladder. This was used for leadline sounding practice. Much fun was had with this.

By 1942, the Unit had 60/70 cadets. The Unit had a good band, trained by CPO Slack. The Unit was well known for its gymnastic displays and its parade drills. There was certainly a performance in The Crescent in 1944.

From 1962 onwards at Normanton School, the cadets came from the school, which had many pupils from overseas, as well as the town and surrounding villages. At this time, the Unit could put on a guard of very tall lads and so was popular, often travelling to Sheffield, Stockport, Manchester and Chesterfield. At the front of the school were a flagpole and a small boat, referred to as the Whaler. The cadets did well at football, swimming and in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. They went on board the HMS Bulwark aircraft carrier and a submarine.

Information provided by Bill Merrick, Former President of Buxton and High Peak RNA and Lieutenant Viv Green, former C.O. and Harry Elmhirst, former cadet. 

History of HMS Bulwark

There have been seven ships bearing the name BULWARK stretching back to 1777 when the first, a 3rd Rate 74-gun vessel was ordered. The latest ship was commissioned on 28th April 2005 built by BAE systems at the Barrow-in-Furnessshipyard. HMS Bulwark is an Amphibious Assault Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ship.

History of HMS Bulwark , HMS Bulwark , HMS Bulwark, Albion & Centaur Association


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