Cambridge District Scout Archive
1974 Local Authority ‘Huntingdon and Peterborough’ joined ‘Isle of Ely and old ‘Cambridgeshire’ to become a new large Cambridgeshire.
1977 Scout County Creation of East and West Cambridgeshire Cambridge became East Cambridgeshire (East Cambs.) without any apparent changes to the borders. Huntingdon and Peterborough became West Cambs.
1990 Scout County East and West Cambridge Scout Districts amalgamated on 01/02/1990 to become Cambridgeshire Scout County
- Captain Luddington 1912 – 1919
- Professor Stanley Gardiner (acting)Professor of Zoology 1915 – 1918
- Captain Windham 1920 – 1922
- (Capt J N) Bendyshe 1922
- Rev C T Wood Dean of Queens’ 1923 – 1941
- Rev Alan T Welford 1942 – 1944
- MacFarlene Grieve (acting) 1945 – 1951
- Brigadier Duchesne MC Silver Wolf 1952 – 1968
- Oswald Bell Silver Wolf 1968 – 1972
- Brigadier Duchesne MC Silver Wolf 1972
East Cambridgeshire (As old Cambridgeshire, now alongside West Cambridgeshire)
- Lt Col Mainwaring MC Silver Wolf 1973 – 1979
- F A J Mackenzie Silver Wolf 1979 – 1986
- Brian Payne 1986 – 1990
West Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire and Peterborough)
- Col George Terrill 1974
- Derek Prince Silver Wolf 1975 – 1983
- Tony Ben – 1990
Cambridgeshire (East Cambridge and West Cambridgeshire combined)
- Brian Payne 1990 – 1995
- J B (Alex) Alexander 1995 – 2005
- Richard Hames 2005 – 2011
- Liz Craig 2012 – 2014
- Chris Ward 2018 – date
Those CC’s with separate pages are underlined
Captain Luddington 1912 – 1919
William James Cropley Luddington was a retired Army Officer from Ely. He was nominally in role for seven years but in practice rejoined the Army in the Great War. Stanley Gardiner acted as CC for much of his tenure and Capt Luddington resigned shortly after his return from the war. He was made Major after the war and died soon after.
Professor Stanley Gardiner (acting) Professor of Zoology 1915 – 1918
Stanley Gardiner was CC and Cambridge DC at the same time. Over work was given as the reason for his resignation as DC in 1919.
Captain Windham MC 1920 – 1922
From a renowned military family well established in Newmarket, perhaps only incidentally an army officer.
Captain Bendyshe 1922
A long established landowning family in Barrington this was probably Captain J N Bendyshe.
Rev C T Wood Dean of Queens’ 1923 – 1941
He was an early convert to Scouting and an active SM of several troops during the war, DSM and DC. He initiated and largely funded the purchase of Abington Campsite for the County. He acted as a temporary DC to Cambridge 1936 – 1938 and was active with 9th Cambridge throughout his time as DC and CC. Eighteen years in post.
Rev Alan T Welford 1942 – 1944
Rev. Alan Travis Welford was Chaplain and Fellow of St John’s College 1946 – 1956, later Professor in Adelaide. A psychologist and worked in ergonomics. He is not known to have held major Scouting posts but is known to have been ASM 56th Cambridge (Harlston and Haslingfield) around 1934/5.
Gavin Malcolm MacFarlene Grieve (acting) 1945 – 1951
SM and GSM of the 5th Cambridge (Perse), ADC with responsibility for schools, ACC and acting CC.
Brigadier C C Duchesne OBE MC Silver Wolf 1952 – 1968
Cyril Collier Duchesne a career soldier in RE. Sixteen years in post.
Oswald Bell Silver Wolf 1968 – 1972
Professionally an Educationalist he was for 20 years Headquarters Commissioner for Universities and Colleges, chair of HQ Education board and worked on European Scouting committees. He gave professional thought to the role and interaction of Scouting within the changing society.
Brigadier C C Duchesne OBE MC Silver Wolf 1972
Lt Col Mainwaring MC Silver Wolf 1973 – 1979
Retired from the Army 1950 and worked at Cambridge Institute of Education. Previous Scout involvement ahead of resignation is unclear. Joined 11th/9th and was briefly DC before becoming CC. He worked on the HQ Advance Report Committee which led to the 1966/67 review of Scouting.
F A J Mackenzie Silver Wolf 1979 – 1986
He was a Scout from 1932 and engaged with the 11th, later 11th/9th for many years. Eventually acting as GSM alongside his roles as DC and CC.
Brian Payne 1986 – 1990
JWR Archivist Aug 2022