Cambridge District Scout Archive
No single memorial to the fallen of the two world wars exists within Cambridge District. No single list of the fallen was compiled at the end of these conflicts. The records held nationally are incomplete being purely from records forwarded by the District at the time. Cambridge District has forwarded 30 new names to the list and a further 20 are close to completion.
See WW1/ WW2 / Rolls of Honour/ New Entries
Few records survive from WW1, newspaper reports did mention Scouting but are not found in any one regular Scouting Column. WW2 was better recorded but the large boarding schools did not complete returns having very large troops and a national catchment area. The even bigger University Rover Crew had a wider catchment area yet, and a shorter tenure. Some groups folded or closed completely, more lost the long term leaders who remembered past members.
Physical Memorials and lists exist in Cambridge District. There is reference to that of the 2nd Cambridge (currently lost).
‘2nd (Newnham) A.S.M. Hullick’s brother has painted a beautiful memorial tablet to the two members who fell in the war (Tabor and King)’. Reveille 1920
The 11th/9th use a bell engraved GIGO at every meeting. The one Scout of the 11th I have recorded as killed during WW2 was Sgt Pilot H F (Frank) Gigny known as Giggs or Giggo in the Evercircular letters. This stands as a memorial to his memory.
1946 An offer of an oak panel for LA war memorial was reported in the District Minutes. It was agreed that this should be accepted. Offer later withdrawn
That of the 12th Cambridge (Viscout Clifden’s Own) is actively used in Group Memorial Services.
The stone attached to the doors was presented by a relative of Blyth Kempton Werohia in 2014.
We held a brief “ceremony” in the side room of our scout, where our war memorial is.
This is one of our Beaver Scouts placing a precious stone pendant (I believe jade) on the memorial, which Brent had brought with him to watch over the memory of Blyth Kempton-Werohia. He used a Maori word for this ceremony which I should have written down. G 12th
A St George Cross presented to the District is a memorial with an engraved plaque
Dedication: This flag is / dedicated to / the Glory of God / and in Honoured / memory of all those / Scouts who gave / their lives for / their Country in / the 1939 1945 war / 24 – 2 – 57
Please send photographs and details of past or present memorials to further extend this record.
JWR Archivist Mar 2020