Chiswick Sea Cadets Celebrate a Rare Achievement

Commanding Officer, Lt Ken Grogan awarded fourth bar for his 40 years of service

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Mayor of Hounslow with Chiswick Sea Cadets

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Mayor of Hounslow, Felicity Barwood, was in attendance at the Chiswick Sea Cadets Presentation Awards Night at Chiswick Pier House to award not only the cadets but also make a presentation to the Commanding Officer Lt Ken Grogan of the fourth bar to his long serving medal in recognition of over 40 years of service to the Sea Cadet Corps

Lt Grogan first became involved with sea cadets as a fresh faced youth in 1958 when he became a cadet at Putney Unit. At the age of 18 in 1963 he was enjoying himself so much that he became an instructor at the Putney unit.

Four years later he transferred to Wimbledon unit and the only way was up - to the giddy heights of becoming a Lieutenant and the Commanding Officer of the unit.

He left that unit to spend seven years as Area Sports Officer – organising and officiating at events such as inter unit Athletics and Swimming competitions.

In the meantime he spent some time helping out at Mitcham unit and eventually was asked to help at Chiswick where he became First Lieutenant to help the Commanding Officer at the time Lt McIver. On her resignation two years ago, after the birth of her son Andrew, he was invited to become Officer in Charge at Chiswick.

In all this represents 42 years plus as an adult in the Sea Cadet Corps – a rare achievement.

November 30, 2006