College Servants

Cambridge District Scout Archive

College Servants was the traditional term for those who worked for the Colleges not directly engaged in academia.  These were the maintenance staff, porters, kitchen workers and administrative staff.  The titles given to even the most able often belied the standing of the role.  Thus, Bursar’s Clerk, which was the most senior administrative role at St John’s.  Another St John’s man later became, the more clear cut, ‘Chief Clerk’ at Churchill.

These men were very competent individuals and their worth well recognized by the Colleges.

The following list will be extended as new names come to our attention. They are likely to be among the more able Scouters and the hold a senior role in the Colleges. The bicycle attendants and under gardeners are less likely to be recorded.

  • W T Thurbon               St John’s          Bursar’s Clerk                         DRSL, Sec
  • Ken North                    St John’s          Kitchen Chief Clerk                 Scout Shop
  • Harold Pettitt              St John’s, later 1st Chief Clerk Churchill        13th R & ASM

The term College Servants is no longer used.

JWR Archivist Oct 2020