Lieutenant (SCC) David G. Philpot RMR ran the T.S Duke of York Portrush Sea Cadets since 1999, for most of this time, single-handed.
Portrush Sea Cadets attracts young people from a broad range of backgrounds with varying social and educational needs. These children often struggle with mainstream education and the Unit provides the self-confidence they need to realise their full potential. The Detachment has attained many achievements and reached the highest of Cadet standards, solely due to the time and dedication shown by David. He gave the cadets encouragement to compete at the highest levels in all Sea Cadets activities.
David showed a level of commitment not seen before in a member of the volunteer staff in Portrush Sea Cadets, and took on the roles of counsellor, cook, driver, Sergeant, Sergeant-Major and Commanding Officer to all the cadets. Under David’s command the unit has gone from strength to strength. The Detachment won the Staff Royal Marines Officers Annual Field Assessment for six consecutive years, earning the Detachment the title of best unit across Scotland, North of England and Northern Ireland.
This Award has been given posthumously.
Award collected by Debbie McCrellis.