History

Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

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The History of Sea Cadets in Crawley at TS Cossack S.C.C

The first person to sign up as a member of the newly formed Crawley Sea Cadets was Brian Redmond of Mitchells Road Three Bridges, Commanding Officer at the time Lt C Edwards with Sub Lt G Burfoot as his Second in command ran the unit from Southgate community Hall. A total of twenty five boys enrolled on the opening night which followed a recruitment march through Crawley town centre on the previous weekend by the combined bands and cadets of Horley and Reigate units

ON April 24th of 1965 TS Cossack moved to its own premises in London Road on the site where the towns leisure complex now stands. TS Cossack's dated building was needed to make way for Crawley's redevelopment plan and following negotiations with Crawley Borough Council TS Cossack was moved to its current site in a purpose built building in Longmere Rd where we can be found today.

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