Cambridge District Scout Archive
In the beginning there was no District. And those who had supported Scouting in Cambridge saw that it was chaos and came together and the first committee was formed. And the chairs of the committee were Dr W H D Rouse Headmaster of the Perse school and Rev A S Duncan Jones, Dean of Caius College.
And the first DC was
|Col. Professor Howard Marsh||Master of Downing||1910 – 1915|
|Professor Stanley Gardiner||Professor of Zoology||1915 – 1919 *|
|Rev. C T Wood||Dean of Queens’ College||1919 – 1922*|
|Brigadier Bainbridge||CB CMG||1923 – 1934|
|R P Richards||1935|
|CT Wood||(acting)||1936 – 1938 *|
|H R Mallett OBE||Silver Wolf||‘The Scouting Mayor’||1939 – 1952|
|P Randall Arthur||County Surveyor||1952 – 1957|
|W O Bell||Silver Wolf||HQ Commissioner||1958 – 1963|
|F A J McKenzie||Silver Wolf||1964 – 1966*|
|W O Bell||(acting)||1967|
|Lt Col Mainwaring MC||Silver Wolf||1968 – 1970 *|
|Geoffrey G Datson||1971 – 1980|
In 1973 the District divided into three administrative sub districts, Cambridge North, Cambridge South and Cambridge: Crafts Hill. Geoffrey Datson was DC City, an over seeing role, and separate DC’s were in place for each new sub-district. This arrangement continued until the final division into three fully independent Districts in 1983.
Separate Districts 1983 – 2001(currently incomplete)
|DC City||Geoffrey Datson||1973 – 1982|
|Cambridge South||F A J (Alan) McKenzie||1973 – 1978*|
|Terry Izzard||1980 – 1982|
|Cambridge North||Tony Fowler||1974 – 1981|
|Rob Farrington||1982 –|
|Cambridge Crafts Hill||Fred Brown||1974 – 1975|
|Colin Taylor||1976 – 1977|
|Colin Taylor||1979 – 1981|
New Cambridge District
In 2001 Cambridge North and Cambridge South re-combined as Cambridge District. Cambridge: Craft Hill remains a separate District.
|Chris Ward||2001 – 2007 *|
|Simon Gates||2008 – 2009|
|Pam Butler||2010 – 2013|
|Steve Harrison||2014 – 2016|
|William Holliday and Simon Wilson/May||2017 – 2019|
|William Holliday||2022 – date|
Those who were County Commissioner *
Col. Professor Howard Marsh Master of Downing 1910 – 1915
The Honourary Colonel RAMC (T), Professor of Surgery, Master of Downing and very active in improving the health and education of the poor and needy. Well engaged in these activities ahead of 1908 but very impressed with B.P. whom he hosted. Engaged in HQ committees. Died in post and c. 400 Boy Scouts lined the quadrangle at Downing on the day of his funeral; a school day at that.
Professor Stanley Gardiner* Professor of Zoology 1915 – 1919
A well travelled man Stanley Gardiner was CC and DC at the same time. His resignation in 1919 as DC was through over work. He was still acting as Badge examiner in 1925.
Rev. C T Wood* Dean of Queens’ College 1919 – 1922
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.
Brigadier Bainbridge CB CMG 1923 – 1934
Percy Agnew Bainbridge, career soldier, mentioned in Dispatches five times and awarded Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for his work at the front , Companion of the Order of the Bath. Died in 1934.
Possibly Rivelin P Richards of The Lodge, Whittlesford. ADC in charge of South Cambridgeshire sub district ahead of the division of Cambridge District into four in 1935. He was a wood importer.
CT Wood* (acting) See above 1936 – 1938
H R Mallett OBE Silver Wolf ‘The Scouting Mayor’ 1939 – 1952
A SM from 1910 and very active at District level for many years he was one of the major forces in maintaining Scouting during WW2. He was involved in local politics and became an enthusiast for wider youth services. A major new Youth Centre was named after him.
P Randall Arthur County Surveyor 1952 – 1957
His tenure was in a period of minimal records and few stories and little is known. A Mallets resignation in 1952 he wrote that Peter had been acting for him for the previous year. He was present during the move of HQ from Grafton Street to Perne Road. He was ASM and SM 51st Birmingham from 1933 – 1946 (less war service), SM 23rd Shrewsbury 1947 – 1949, ADC Cambridge May 1950 – date (1952).
W O Bell* Silver Wolf HQ Commissioner 1958 – 1963
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.
F A J McKenzie* Silver Wolf 1964 – 1966
A Scout from 1932 and engaged with the 11th, later 11th/9th, eventually acting as GSM alongside his roles as DC and CC. Later DC South Cambridge 1973 – 1978 and then CC.
W O Bell* Silver Wolf (acting) 1967
Lt Col Mainwaring* MC Silver Wolf 1968 – 1970
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. Worked on Advance Report Committee which lead to the 1966/67 review of Scouting.
Geoffrey G Datson 1971 – 1980
He oversaw the administrative subdivision of the District ahead of the formal division into three independent Districts.
JWR Archivist Aug 2022