Upon the completion of official Lodge business on Saturday 21st October, a special presentation was made in Per Mare Per Terram No 3609. The lodge, which is based in Chatham, was founded in 1912 by serving Royal Marines from the Chatham Division.
The “Brian Carroll Memorial Trophy” is awarded annually to the top cadet in the Chatham Royal Marines Cadet Unit. The first recipient of the award was Corporal Kitsell who was judged to be the top cadet in 2016. Since Corporal Kitsell was away participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, the trophy was received by Marine Cadet First Class Parish. The award was presented by the Master of the lodge, Mark Stephens.
The late Brian Carroll, a Past Master of the Per Mare Per Terram Lodge, was an instructor with the Cadet Unit and a former Royal Marine. The “Brian Carroll Memorial Trophy” had been specially commissioned by the Cadet Unit and funded by the Carroll family. The trophy was made by Brian’s son Martin and will be presented annually to the top cadet in the unit.
Mark Stephens also presented a donation of £268 to Richard Wood, Chairman of the Royal Marines Cadet Unit. This sum was raised by lodge members to mark Brian’s links with the Cadet Unit.
Sadly, due to the passage of time, the only remaining links in Chatham with the Royal Marines are the Lodge and the Cadet Unit. However readers can be assured that the finest traditions of the Royal Marines are being duly upheld by the Lodge and Cadet Unit.
Report and photo: Malcolm Smith