BP in Cambridge in 1911

A set of photograph’s taken from the 1911 Scout Rally have now been published under ‘People/ BP in Cambridge / 1911’

Not great photo’s, but new to the internet and I have not seen them elsewhere.

The first of the two pieces of archival gold dust and far easier to publish. The second must wait awhile to be given shape and polished up.


CCCL (approximately)

A quick count and I have about 350 pages up – some which will never be read except by accident or by the most careful of researchers. The 47th Cambridge page: nothing but the dates 1931 – 1934 and the village name may lead to this otherwise empty page. No scarf, an IHQ number, but no names or stories.

However, these passing groups do feed into the ‘Demographics’ and if they were missing then the job is not done. And I may find something to flesh out the Group.

I am very glad to say that I have found some pictures of Howard Mallett; the internet had offered nothing but a grainy newspaper photo for the Councils list of past mayors.

Many of the Scouters listed under ‘Individuals’ are now largely forgotten. It is, I was going to say ‘touching’, but I mean upsetting, to read of Arthur Gray sixth son of the Master of Jesus who died in the Great War; and who as Master had to officiate at the opening of the Jesus War Memorial and did not mention his own loss. As upsetting is the tale of Sam Whiteley who was captured with his brother Tom at the fall of Singapore. One survived.

These short lives help us step away from the stereotypes – the ‘military man’ who was called Captain for less than a year after his demob and who worked before and after the war in education; the double-barrelled biblical scholar who was physically weak in his youth but was an Alpinist of note; the Drill instructor who argued against marching.

All of which is to say that I have got a bit sidetracked into these old names. In advance of my finds mentioned in previous blogs I have put Stourbridge Fair 1920 on the site.

JWR Archivist Apr 2019

Colourful Scouts

A small piece on Stained glass and generally bulking out reports but largely looking for histories of early leaders. The double barrelled Vaisey-Hopes and Balfour -Melvilles are easier to locate than a Green or a Rogers but as readily come to no clear conclusions or end up in the doings of their later life.

One sentence in an otherwise work centred recollection or obituary seals the deal and that Scouting encroaches into professional life is significant in itself. It does, however, mean Scouters with an unusual name or a professional or academic background are more likely to appear.

I am working to link a pawnbroker to a Group, but many more will not be easy to isolate.

A bit at a time.



If not totally re written a number of pictures have been added that show the felling of trees and use of the two hander saw. I had hitherto written that no such pictures were to be found in the Cambridge Archives.

They show just what it is for a less than fully grown Scout to fell a tree. The 1946 picture is to the point and, indeed, at the point.

The use of the hand axe alongside the felling axe in 1947 is, perhaps, unorthodox and may tell of the amount of equipment available. The work expended to fell and limb the trees is clear.


More gold

The slow gathering of information occasionally uncovers stories and words and photographs bring them to light.

I hope to be able to bring you pictures of the first Cambridge Rally of 1911. Whilst undated all the events reported at the time are evident. I will copy out the fuzzy pictured reports from The Scouter currently available on the site.


A new seam

A new source has been located; some of the circular letters that were passed between members of the 23rd Cambridge Rover Crew who were scattered on Active Service have been loccated.

Their existence was mentioned by Ken North in his ’70 years’, but it was assumed that they were lost, as indeed many were during the war. They were forwarded many times, as each member was moved from barrack to barrack, sometimes two or three times between each new entry.

These letters are of Scouting and Cambridge and tell of the doings of men, often in the less glamorous roles that the Services require.

They also tell of the deaths of friends and Crew mates.

Already the snippets from a first quick reading are informing the pages on line.


1st – 69th + BP in Cambridge

The 69 ‘Cambridge’ Groups have all been entered. The Cambridge District and the ‘1st’ Groups have yet to be entered in full. They tend to be later and are less weel documented in the available records.

A number of pages on BP visits to Cambridge have been entered. Further contemporary commentary will be added to these – most of which have photo’s.

A single reference to an earlier 1908 visit is yet to be traced.