Please Note :-
Worcester entering Millwall Dock 1966
Worcester Drydock by Bill Williams -
Cadet Elliston’s “alternative” recollection of his Worcester Days
Cadet Elliston’s view is not far from the truth and I have similar feelings mixed with a deep regard as I was lucky enough to be part of the history of the Worcesters. I looked for some of the good things like sailing etc and we did indeed have quite a bit of fun. As I was so far away from home (Nyasaland) (which became Malawi), I couldn’t have walked home anyway. It was not unknown for Cadets to run away. However, you only have to read Captain Steele’s book to see that we had it “soft”. I survived, and in some ways it probably made me a better, more self sufficient person in my future after Worcester. Structure is important in a young person’s life and it is with hindsight and looking at today’s problems that I see just how important it was.
I didn’t personally have a problem with Adult Officers exercising discipline and
physical punishment on Cadets , but, and it is a big but, I still have considerable
reservations concerning the wisdom of allowing Senior Cadets to subject younger Cadets
to beatings in the name of punishment. I still feel that only a fool puts that sort
of power in the hands of a growing child. Times and society have changed but, it
was a bit like saying -
Still, it is all in the past now, so lets put our rose coloured glasses on and move on.
John R Walters 1st Day. (a great study)
A later Reply to Cadet Elliston’s “alternative” recollection by OW Peter Whitehead
Discipline, Punishment and Beatings
Punishment List complete with Beatings.
Names blanked to protect the innocent !
Two more Punishment sheets.
Worcester III 1961 Ian Turner
Sports Day -
Ship’s Company 1960
Royal Yacht Britannia 1960. Corrections thanks to David Glennie.
9 Pictures taken 1960 by Russel Copsey OW. Worthy of note is smoking on the Main Top.
Two pictures of Worcester III taken from Reeds Paper Mills
Michael Pope, ?
Grub 60 -
I have Ben Baker, son of Paul Baker OW 59-
Rowlandson and Yipp send messages 1960