6th Cambridge District: Outline

Cambridge District Scout Archive


  • Cambridge District troops are those outside Cambridge Town boundaries.  Some troops altered from Cambridge District to Cambridge as the boundaries altered. This system ended in steps between 1928 and 1935 and all roups used Cambridge numbers.
  • Packs were not formally attached to troops until the move to the Group system in 1928.
  • Many of these District troops are poorly recorded.
  • 6th Cambridge District (1st Newmarket) All Saints  1911 – 1916
  • 6th Cambridge District (Dry Drayton)                                   1918
  • 6th Cambridge District (Girton)                                 1919
  • 6th Cambridge District (Papworth St Everard)        1924 – 1928
  • 6th Cambridge District (Papworth St Everard) Pack           1924 – 1928
  • 6th Cambridge District

6th Cambridge District (1st Newmarket) All Saints  1911 – 1916

From Secretaries notes pre WW1

December 1913

  • SM       F G Aldridge
  • ASM     P J Bartholomew
  •             E Porter
  •             W O’Brien
  •             R E Tempest

The Troop transferred to Newmarket District in May 1916.


6th Cambridge District (Dry Drayton)                                   1917 – 1920                            IHQ 8449

Mentioned in records in the years 1918 – 1920.  The troop was registered locally in February 1917.  It has an IHQ number which suggests a national registration.  The IHQ registration form in archives is not completed by HQ. Many troops and packs which were formed during the Great War did not get registered until 1920 or 1921.   The notes on the form suggest that it was meeting at the School House under C L de Beaumont.   The youngest member and only son of the very influential Guide and Scout de Beaumont family he was mentioned as being a leader from 1918 at the Fortheringhay ‘Flu’ camp and in the Jan 1920 Reveille! single issue district magazine.

‘Dry Drayton has had a very happy season, under Mr. de Beaumont, in spite of measles and microbes, and is going really strong: they now have Mr. Hicks’ help.’

The form suggests 1 leader (Claude) and 10 Scouts in September 1921 but the troop is reported as dead in February 1922.

By 1922 he was at Cambridge University and probably in his final year.  He was acting as DSM and a founder member of the University Rovers.


6th Cambridge District (Girton)                                 1919                (Probably an error)

This is from a report of the Jamboree of 1920 which is in error on a number of Troops.  Girton is named as the 5th earlier and later in 1920, a number which has no conflicting claims to the title at this date but disappears shortly afterwards.


6th Cambridge District (Papworth St Everard)        1924 – 1928                12419  13195

The troop is believed to have started in February 1924 and registered on 3rd December 1924.  The troop was based at Papworth St Everard School and was Open.

  • Acting SM        Thomas Charles Marston Johnson at Papworth Hall

It listed 8 Scouts.  T C M Johnson was Secretary to the Papworth Village Colony which was at the Hall.  (khaki shirts, green scarves)


6th Cambridge District (Papworth St Everard) Pack           1924 – 1928                            7385

The pack was registered on 3rd December 1924 with one leader and 9 Wolf Cubs.  It was an Open pack and like the troop met at the School.

  • CM      J C M Johnson

Papworth St Everard Wolf Cubs existed before this registration as the 6th Cambridge District.  They were given the name ‘M Pack’ and known between 1923 and 1924.  Oddly Cambridge District Packs were given letter from the second half of the alphabet, but starting with M.

Troop and Pack

Both continued until 1928 when it became part of the Group numbering system as 50th Cambridge with the IHQ number 7575. The Group closed in 1929, reopened in 1932 and moved to South Cambridgeshire in 1934 and closed c 1934/35.

JWR Archivist Jan 2023