Change of Command 1951

The new Commanding officer Lt. A.G. Payne is shown here being congratulated by retiring commanding officer Lt.Cdr. G.D. Kuhn.

Captain Jeffry V. Brock, D.S.C., returned to Winnipeg to a hero's welcome on Monday evening, April 30, 1951.

The man who rose from the ranks of the Winnipeg sea cadets to command Canada's destroyer squadron in Korean waters was cheered by naval ratings, sea cadets and civilians as he rode through the city's streets in a parade in his honour. Later in the evening, Captain Brock, accompanied by his old commanding officer, Mr. J.R.K. Millen, vice-president of Manitoba division of the Navy League, and Mr. E.B. Frost, the division president, inspected the cadet guard of honor and addressed the members of his old corps.

R.C.S.C.C. John Travers Cornwell V.C. was pleased to receive word of the success of two former members of the unit. The two cadets, both holders of Navy League scholarships, won honors at Royal Roads Joint Services college at Victoria, B.C.

At a graduation ceremony in August Cadet Richard I. Hitesman, former chief petty officer, was awarded the King's Canadian dirk for being the best all-round cadet completing his final professional training. The award was based on officer like qualities, academic standing, athletic ability and sportsmanship.

At the same ceremony, Cadet W.J. Law, former cadet and midshipman, was awarded the Nixon memorial sword for possessing the highest officer like qualities.

In August it was announced that R.C.S.C.C. John Travers Cornwell V.C. had won the Navy League Proficiency Trophy for 1951. This marked the second year in succession the corps had received the award. In addition, the national committee of the league awarded the officer's Sword Trophy to Lt. Cdr. George Kuhn as commanding officer.

On the occasion of the first fall parade it was announced that Lt. A.E. Payne would assume command of the Winnipeg sea cadet corps from Lt. Cdr. George D. Kuhn. Mr. Kuhn, well known in Winnipeg for public service and youth work had resigned the post due to business promotion. While Lt. Cdr. Kuhn would be missed by the cadets and officers the corps looked forward to their new commanding officer. Lt. A.E. Payne, who was a cadet in the corps prior to the war had served as an officer since 1947.

For the first time in the Winnipeg sea cadet history a second corps became operational in the city. R.C.S.C.C. Crusader was organized in October and consisted of 60 students of St. Paul's College. Supervising its formation was Lt. Cdr. D.S. Menzies, sea cadet area officer; J.R.K. Millen, sea cadet chairman for Manitoba division of the Navy League; and Father C. Ryan, rector of St. Paul's.

The photographs for 1951 were kindly provided by Mr. E.B. Frost, Mr. A.E. Kuhn and Mrs. W.J. Law of Winnipeg, Cdr. R.I. Hitesman of Halifax, N.S.


Capt. J.V. Brock, D.S.C.

Capt. J.V. Brock, D.S.C., (later Rear Admiral) a cadet in R.C.S.C.C. John Travers Cornwell V.C. during the late 1920's and early 1930's, inspects his old corps during a visit to Winnipeg. With Capt. Brock is Mr. J.R.K. Millen and Mr. E.B. Frost of the Navy League.
Pictured above are two past members of the corps who won high honors at Royal Roads Joint Services college, Victoria, B.C. in 1951. At the time of publication Cdr. R.I. Hitesman is commanding officer of Canada's latest warship, H.M.C.S. Huron while Cdr. W.J. Law is commanding officer of H.M.C.S. Donnacona.
Band 1951

Bandmaster Lt. E. Rigg poses with the 1951 edition of the R.C.S.C.C. John Travers Cornwell band.

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