The following shows the changing nature of Cambridge District. Designed to be read alongside the notes beneath it most clearly shows the 1983 split into Cambridge North and South at which so many records stop.

The names change, in particular the Camb/ Cambs. abbreviation is a source of uncertainty. The earlier South Cambridge(shire), North Cambridge(shire) add to this confusion, as does the two incarnation of Mid Cambs.

1910    First District in the region with other Districts forming and some groups being reallocated

            Troops from Cambridgeshire, some of which may were allocated to Cambridge as the premier working District in the County, gained their own Districts.  Until 1911 there was no County organization.

            1922    Working as four sub districts N, E, W, S (details unclear)

1934    Working as Sub Districts        

  • South Cambs. 25th, 40th, 47th, 51st , 52nd, 56th, 61st, 1st District, 3rd District, 4th District , 17th District
  • North Cambs. 16th, 32nd,43rd, 45th, 46th, 57th, 58th, 59th, 64th
  • Cambridge      not listed

1935    Became separate Districts     (North Cambridge initially became East Cambridge then Mid Cambs.)

  • South Cambs.                          25th,40th, 47th, 51st, 52nd, 56th, 61st, 68th, 69th 1st, 3rd, 4th District
  • West Cambs.                           39th, 50th, 62nd – these three soon close, 17th District (Barton) to South
  • Cambridge                              2nd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 41st, 42nd, 53rd, 60th, 64th
  • East Cambs. (Mid Cambs.)     16th, 35th , 45th , 59th, 63rd, 65th, 67th, 66th

1946    Regained                     16th, 45th Landbeach, Cottenham, Swavesey, Bottisham VC, Impington VC

1972    Working as N and S Sub Districts

1974    Working as N and S and Crafts Hill Sub Districts

1983    Became separate Districts

  • North Cambridge                    1st, 3rd, 10th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 26th, 32nd, 50th, 54th, 1st Coton
  • South Cambridge                    4th, 5th,7/23rd, 11/9th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 57th,
  • Crafts Hill                                1st (Histon, Over, Bar Hill, Bourn, Willingham, Caldecote, Elworth and Boxwell) 2nd Cottenham, Oakington, Swavesey, 6/17th Cambridge, 48th Cambridge

A number of events continued to be arranged between the three Districts; Gang Show, Swimming Gala and both Perne Road and the Scout Shop.

2001    North and South Cambridge re united           (24/5/2001)   At this point the Groups were

  • North Cambridge                    1st, 3rd, 12th, 14th, 18th, 26th, 32nd, 50th, 54th
  • South Cambridge                    5th,7/23rd, 11/9th, 13th, 16th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 57th, 1st Fen Ditton

2012    Gained from Granta

  • To Cambridge                         Shelford and Stapleford, Duxford, Sawston 
  • To Newmarket                       Balsham, Linton and Abington
  • To Royston                              Harston, Orwell, Bassingbourn (which did not persist)              

JWR Archivist Mar 2019