Here are some of the people who have served with the Sea Cadet Corps in Christchurch. This list is a work in progress and all contributions are gratefully received. Nominate people through the Contact page or by emailing the webmaster here.
Please note: For privacy reasons, this public list cannot include any details from cadets’ personnel files, even if they had been retained, so we are dependent on people volunteering information, or on biographical information already within the public domain. If your name appears on this list, it may be through the recollections of others, or because your information was published in a newspaper, newsletter or similar. Email the webmaster if you require corrections or deletions.
The names of current cadets are not listed since most are still under 18. Cadets may nominate themselves and give consent to appear on this list once they have reached that age.
Aitken, E. Served in TS Cornwell from 1996.
Anderson, H.B. Lieutenant Commander. Commanding officer of the Canterbury Division during World War II.
Banks, M. Served in TS Cornwell in 1994.
Baritompa, B. Served in TS Cornwell from 1997.
Beedled, B. Served in TS Cornwell from 2000.
Begg, K. Served in TS Cornwell from 1998.
Bell, A. Served in TS Cornwell from 1999.
Berry, T. Served in TS Cornwell from 2000.
Birchfield, P. Served in TS Cornwell from 1992.
Bould, J. Served in TS Cornwell up to 2003.
Bradford, Max. Born 1942. A Cadet in the Starboard Watch of TS Steadfast in the late 1950s, Max Bradford later became a National Member of Parliament for the Tarawera and Rotorua electorates and served as Minister of Defence from 1997-1999.
Bradly, A. Served in TS Cornwell from 1999.
Broadbent, N. Served in TS Cornwell from 1990 to 1994 and attained the rank of Leading Cadet.
Brooks, C. Served in TS Cornwell from 2000.
Brownlee, K. Served in TS Cornwell from 2000.
Cade, Dean. A TS Cornwell cadet in the late 1960s.
Cadigan, M. Served in TS Cornwell in 2001.
Clark, E. Served in TS Cornwell, 1991-1994.
Coleman, S. Served in TS Cornwell, 1981-1988.
Collett, M. Served in TS Cornwell in 1999.
Collins, E. Served in TS Cornwell in 1998.
Cook, C. Served in TS Cornwell in 1999.
Cooper, N. Served in TS Cornwell prior to 2003.
Cross, A. Served in TS Corwnell in 1998.
Cross, D. Served in TS Cornwell in 1998.
Dahl, M. Served in TS Cornwell in 1988.
Davies, G. Served in TS Cornwell prior to 2003.
Day, A. Served in TS Cornwell from 1988-93. Attained rank of Cadet Petty Officer.
Duxbury, M. Served in TS Cornwell in 1999.
Evans, ‘Taffy’. A Regular Force Chief Petty Officer assigned to TS Steadfast as an instructor in the 1950s. Chief Evans was a veteran of the Battle of the River Plate in 1939.
Hunter, Ian. Rear-Admiral RNZN. Served in TS Steadfast in the 1950s.
Lawrence, “Tiny”. A TS Cornwell cadet in the late 1960s.
McPherson, Roy. Roy McPherson served in TS Steadfast in the late 1950s and was Chief Purser of TE901, the Air New Zealand DC10 which crashed on Mount Erebus in Antarctica on a sightseeing flight on 29 November 1979, killing all on board.
Owles. A Petty Officer Cadet Owles was serving in TS Cornwell in 1963.
Pate, Michael, OBE, Commander RNZN, 1940-2012. Michael Pate served in TS Steadfast in the late 1950s, and later enjoyed a successful career in the Royal New Zealand Navy. He commanded HMNZS Canterbury. In 2009, the retired Commander Pate saved the life of a stabbing victim who knocked at the door of his home in Upper Riccarton late at night, following an altercation at a social function nearby.
Peach, Neville C. G. A Sea Cadet at TS Steadfast early in World War II, Neville Peach joined the RNZN in 1947 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander over a 30-year career. He saw active service in the Korean War. His biography at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy can be read here.
Fifield, Victor. A Sea Cadet in TS Steadfast in the early years of World War II. A Sea Cadet officer in the post-war period. Was a World War II veteran and Lieutenant Commander RNZN.
Smith, Neil. A TS Cornwell cadet in the late 1960s who later served as an officer in the unit and was Unit Commander in the 1980s. Reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Smyth, Vere Staunton. Colonel, formerly of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZ Expeditionary Force, World War I. Colonel Smyth founded the Sea Cadets in Christchurch in 1929.
White. An Able Cadet White was serving in TS Cornwell in 1963.
White, Anthony. Served in TS Steadfast in the late 1950s. Cousin of Cadets Michael and Chris White.
White, Chris. Served in TS Steadfast in the late 1950s. Brother of Cadet Petty Officer Michael White.
White, Michael. Served in the Port Watch of TS Steadfast from 1954 to 1959. Attained rank of Cadet Petty Officer. Brother and cousin, respectively, of TS Steadfast Cadets Chris White and Anthony White