Many years ago my brother, Stephen Clifford was a member of Hove Sea Cadets before joining the Royal Navy. My father, Cyril ‘Taffy’ Clifford, became an instructor in the cadets too and had the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He also taught shooting at the Territorial Army Rifle Range in Dyke Road, Hove. The photograph here was taken when my father was an instructor and there are many familiar faces – cannot remember many names though unfortunately. The vagaries of an unreliable memory and the effects of ageing – ho hum.
Mutual friends in the Sea Cadets
I recently spent a short holiday in Spain, staying with the mother and step-father of a close friend. I have known Doug and Rose for many years, through my friendship with their son Dan but I had not realized that Doug lived in Hove for many years – whilst talking about Hove and Doug having served in the Navy, we discovered that he was in Hove Sea Cadets as well, although probably a little earlier than my brother and father.
A small world!
Gordon Hayward was a good friend of my father and taught the cadets for many years. My father and I visited him and his family, and I remember going to their home in Hailsham – when there was still a railway running there. Doug also remembers Andy Hiscock and I know him not only from the cadets, but because he is my cousin! What a small world. Sadly, this story has a down side as my brother died nearly three years ago. I so wish I had spoken to Doug long ago and found the connection. I could have asked my brother for more information, and perhaps put them in touch with one another as they served at some of same places in the Navy too.
I have lots of memories of those days. Of going to the Saturday bingo and helping with the raffle. I remember the wonderful band contests at HMS Collingwood, followed by a visit to the funfair at Southsea. I also recall going to the Boat Show in London and going out to sea on the MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat). We once went on a visit to an old submarine berthed in Shoreham Harbour and, of course, going on board HMS Sussex.
My trip down memory lane
A few names come back to me – Ian Dare and his wife Rene – who lived in Saltdean latterly – lovely people. John Naylor and others who were training in the cadets. I recall faces more than names but perhaps someone out there can help jog my memory more than I have managed so far. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers the cadets in the 1950/60s, and any photos would be marvellous. I hope my trip down ‘memory lane’ may bring back memories for others too.