Guard of Honour

Cambridge District Scout Archive

The following growing list records the individuals and the occasions for whom the Scouts were asked to provide a Guard of Honour. A fuller list can be seen in Royalty in Cambridge

1911 Feb                     Guard of Honour for the Mayor         1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 1st, 3rd, 5thCamb District            (The Scout)

June 1911 The local Boys organisations attended a service at St Andrews the Great as part of the Coronation celebrations for George V. They were given as ‘Boys Brigade, Church Lads Brigade, Boys Life Brigade, Boy Scouts and Church Scout Patrols (St Matthew’s).’  The groups marched from the church to Kings College Chapel where they formed a Guard of Honour.

1914  July                    17th Cambridge (Catholic) provided a Guard of Honour to the Princes of Uganda on their official visit to Cambridge

1915 July                     At the funeral of DC Howard March 580 Scouts of Town and County formed a Guard of Honour extending right around the quadrangle of Downing College for the funeral procession.  Following the Service in Kings College Chapel Gonville Place was again lined by Scouts. (From Cambridge Journal)

1917                General Smuts Queens’ College

C T Wood’s album

1920 The Lord-Lieutenant of the County (Mr. C. W. Adeane, C.B.E.), unveiled the parochial memorial to the men of Fulbourn who fell in the war. As the Lord Lieutenant arrived … a guard of honour was formed by the local Boy Scouts (under Scoutmaster Beard) and Girl Guides (under Miss Selina Townley). 

1931                Guard of Honour for Chief (BP) at Cavendish Arch Gate November 7th (13th)

1932                Guard of Honour for Princess Victoria on her visit to Cambridge November 3rd

1933                District asked IHQ if it was usual for Scouts to provide escort to the Railway Queen.  The reply was that it was not known.  Request turned down

1934                7th provided a Guard of Honour for Prince George

1942                Four boys of the 13th acted as Guard of Honour for H M Queen Marie of Yugoslavia at the Fitzwilliam Museum with Troop colours.

1947 1st Cambridge Sea Scouts provided a Guard of Honour for Princess Alice.

Guards of Honour were also provided for Cambridge leaders at weddings.

Wolf Cub heads
Scout Boat Club blades

1969 Following a Scout Guard of Honour at the Royal Visit by Her Majesty the Queen it was ‘considered worthwhile and should be repeated.’ Members of 7th involved.

See also

  • BP in Cambridge
  • People/ Royalty in Cambridge

JWR Archivist Dec 2019