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Newton Squadron attend Victoria Cross Service of Dedication

Article posted: Feb 10, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Cadets, Staff and Civilian Committee from 1936 (Newton) Sqn were proud to be asked to represent the Air Cadet Organisation at the Dedication Service of a memorial plaque to Capt Harry Churchill Beet VC. The service was held at Bingham Church on 29th January at 3pm.

The Service was attended by a large contingent from the local Royal British Legion, local people and dignitaries, including local MP and former army officer Patrick Mercer OBE, Cllr Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Martin Suthers MP and Cllr Maureen Stockwood, Mayor of Bingham. Also in attendance was Commander Judith Swann Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

Revd David Harper conducted the service and an Act of Dedication was carried out by the Bishop of Sherwood, The Rt Revd Anthony Porter. During the address, the congregation was informed that no less than twenty Victoria Cross awards have been awarded to Nottinghamshire recipients, dating from 1854 to 1942 and many of these had lived in the Rushcliffe Borough.
During the Service Cdt Connor Levers laid a wreath on behalf of 1936 Sqn and Cdt F/Sgt Thomas Dodge was Sqn Standard bearer. The Cadets formed a guard of honour whilst people entered the church and received many compliments on their behaviour and smartness.

After the Service some of the large congregation retired to Church House for tea and coffee, which gave everyone an opportunity to speak to the dignitaries.

Capt Beet VC was born in Bingham but joined the Army. He was awarded his VC when as a Cpl serving during the Boer War with the Derbyshire Regiment, later known as The Sherwood Foresters. During fierce fighting the troops were told to retreat, but Cpl Beet came across a wounded soldier. He stayed with him, tended to his wounds and dragged the wounded man under cover until dusk when a medical officer came to their aid. Cpl Beet was then promoted to Sgt.

Mrs J Greasley
1936 Sqn Civilian Committee Chairman