Sea Cadets form guard for Duke

Ben Robinson and Ben Fielden
Ben Robinson and Ben Fielden

Two Scarborough Sea Cadets were among 15 from across the region to be selected to form an Honour Guard for the Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, the Duke of York.

Ben Robinson and Ben Fielden, both 15, lined the steps of York Minster as part of the annual Kohima Commemoration, which marks a decisive battle in World War Two over the Japanese.

They formed part of a line of honour for their Admiral, who welcomed their role in the ceremony.

The pair also formed an Honour Guard for the veterans of the Kohima Battle at the Chapter House and the Kohima Memorial.

It was the first time in the Sea Cadets’ history that they been known to form a part of the Kohima Commemoration Service.

Five sea cadet units took part in the service, including TS York, TS Iron Duke, TS Unseen, TS Scarborough and TS Cleopatra.

From Scarborough was Ben Robinson from Royal Manor and Ben Fielden from Filey, both of whom attend Graham School.

The service commemorated the Battle of Kohima in North East India which was fought from April 4 to June 22, 1944.

Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives when Allied Forces halted the advance of the Japanese army in Asia.

This battle was ultimately to prove to be the turning point of the Burma Campaign.

For more information about the cadet movement or to enquire about becoming an adult volunteer for the cadets visit the Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association website at: www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/rfca/vacancies