Cambridge District Scout Archive
The following names have been forwarded to Gilwell for inclusion on the Rolls of Honour for WW1 and 1939 -1945 (Gilwell nomenclature)
The Great War
Of the following seven names new to the Scouting roll of honour five have taken from the Early Warrants list in Gilwell Archives and identified as being at Cambridge University. Two others come from contemporary records and have been identified through the same list.
The connection with Cambridge is purely through the University and the home addresses are not given here. The Cambridge University War List is the single most useful source of information giving a very full list of members of the University who fought in the war. It includes members who were also active in Scouting but had moved away before the war, such as Norton Fagge who had moved to India in c 1912.
Captain Frederick Walter Langford Grantly Norton Fagge SM and Sec. of LA.
Nov 18th 1916 Indian Army Reserve of Officers Buried Basra
Captain Hugh Mortimer Ferguson 5th Cambridge SM
11/06/1917 9th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment Buried Railway Dugouts Burial Ground
Lieutenant G K Savile 5th Cambridge ASM
20/6/1915 Gloucestershire Regiment
Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Gray Cambridgeshire Regiment
Arthur Frederick Gray was the sixth son of Arthur Gray, Master of Jesus from 1912. He had graduated from Magdalene. This explains the discrepancy between the named College on the Warrant record (Jesus) and College of War Service record (Magdalene).
26th August 1918
Lieutenant Henry Paton Nott SM 13th Cambridge (later Notts’ Own for both brothers)
27/4/1916 6th Gloucestershire Regiment
‘I know that the Nott brothers who were running the 13th troop were in camp at Clayhithe when they were called up as officers. Both were killed in action, they left a legacy of £200 to the troop, a large sum in those days. About 1916 the troop took the title “The Nott’s Own”; at this time many troops had similar titles but I think the 13th is the only one to still retain this after 60 years’
(Written c 1978) http://rabbitmail.co.uk/cam_scouts_hist/history/70years.html
Not listed in Early Warrants
Captain Louis Cameron Nott SM 13th Cambridge (See above)
18/4/1917 6th Gloucestershire Regiment
(Louis died alongside a third brother in a mine explosion at the Somme)
Captain Arthur Derrick Hamer
Died 06/11/1918 Northern Cyclist Battalion
Our second Camp there in 1914 was with S-M. A. D. HAMER of Queens’ (killed in the War, a week before the Armistice); The Camp ended only three days before war was declared. C. T. WOOD. http://www.rabbitmail.co.uk/cam_scouts_hist/history/ctwood-book.pdf
The following two have not yet been verified nor yet forwarded:
GCA Nelder ASM 8th Cambridge Died Gallipoli (Scout News, Cambridge Journal November 1915). Gordon Clarke Aldridge Nelder was a teacher at the Higher Grade School and is also reported as helping SM Copplestone with the 6th Cambridge (Mayor’s Own) based at the school. He was ‘the first of the Scouts to volunteer for the army’ according to Rosemary Gardiner in An Epoch making school. This probably refers to the Troop not the District. Second Lt. 2nd Bat Hampshire Regiment, he had attended Christs College. The 8th quoted above may be a newspaper reporting error.
G Wheaton 2th Cambridge District Bottisham Killed (Scout News, Cambridge Journal April 2nd 1915)
World War 2
Of the following, five names were taken from the Cambridge list compiled for the HQ post war collection of War service details. I do not know if this was the final list submitted to IHQ. Some of the names on the list are included in the rolls of honour.
One further name has been located, identified as an ex Wolf Cub in Group records. I do not recall Wolf Cubs being listed. The Group had no Troop and the Lady CM was also the local teacher and likely Sam’s teacher.
The following are all new to the Scouting roll of honour.
The first lines are from the 1946 District records the second from Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I have only linked those where the CWGC lists the serviceman as having lived in Cambridge. Others of the correct name but no recorded link have been excluded.
From post war list of war service
Terry Casbolt 9th Cambridge RAF 20/11/1942
76 Sqd RAFVR 1467115 20/11/42 Milan War Cemetery Son of CV ad EC Casbolt Cambridge
Douglas Brown 12th Cambridge RAF 16/3/1945 Wireless operator whose Lancaster crashed shortly after take off from Skegness.
44Sqd RAFVR 1874886 16/3/1945 Runnymede Memorial Cambridge
Charles James Sewell 26th Cambridge RFA (Royal Field Artillery) 17/3/1944
8th Medium Reg. RA 974588 17/3/1944 Fen Ditton (Cambs)
Godfrey Dunn 64th Cambridge Perse student Ambushed whilst seeing a new gun position
179 Field A 1126852 9/4/1945 Nordrhein Westfalen war cemetery (Godfrey Hugh Dunn) Cambridge
Ronald Wallis 23rd Cambridge Jan 1942 Army
332 Battery Lt AA Reg RA 6094674 26/12/1942 son of Gertrude Wallis Camb.
The following is the list of Cambridge Scouts/ Scouters not on the Roll of Honour, as compiled in 1946. Those above that I have been able to verify are ticked. Chessum is described as being ‘on war service.’ The others I have not been able to confirm.
|Sewell C J||√||RFA||26th|
|Carter E W||√||RAF||23rd|
See also Evercircular /Casualties for those of the 23rd Cambridge
Private Samuel Wilfred Whitley
5933027 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment Died whilst a prisoner of war of ‘cardiac beriberi’ in 1945. He is buried in Yokohama War Cemetery. Born in 1921 he was 24 when he died.
His brother, also captured in Singapore, survived the war.
JWR Archivist Apr 2019