Silver Acorn/ Silver Wolf

Cambridge District Scout Archives

The following list has been compiled from individual entries, no single source exists in the District Archives. I do not believe it to be complete; I know of at least one missing from Compass records. Please do contact the Archives if you know of anyone who is missing from the list, with or without a date.

This list falls into four parts. 

Earliest Silver Wolf for 24 badges (see below for details)

Pre 1944                     Silver Wolf was reserved for significant National and International work.  Very few were issued anywhere; before 1953 the maximum was 28 in one year and usually less than 10.  None have been identified in Cambridgeshire.

1944 – c.1960             Has been confirmed by record at Gilwell Archives.

1960 +                         No separate list exists.  These entries have been picked individually from records.   Later entries have been taken from ‘Compass’ but these do not include those without a current role.

A list of Medals of Merit may appear at a later date but they are generally less trumpeted and a list from individual sources is likely to be even less complete. Local gazettes are not available before the start of the Grafton Street Gazette. One early report is that of Rev H F Kirkpatrick SM of the 8th, who was awarded the Medal of Merit in May 1922.

St George’s Day Awards

  • The Silver Acorn is not normally awarded until after at least an Award for Merit has been gained and a further five years’ service has been completed. Thus, it is seldom awarded for less than 20 years service, which should be specially distinguished and appreciably better than outstanding.
  • The Bar to the Silver Acorn may be awarded for at least a further 5 years of similarly distinguished service.
  • The Silver Wolf is the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout and is only awarded for service of a most exceptional nature  – it is seldom awarded for less than 30 years service
Date and names not given with photo.


David Smith SA bar


  • Frank Lee SA 11th/9th
  • Tony Claydon SA bar


  • Chris Scott SA 14th
  • Colin Daniel SA Temp DC


  • Dr Ian Hinton                    Silver Wolf  W & D


  • Barrie Sheehan                      Silver Wolf     
  • Julie Anne Farrington SA 50th
  • Tracey Jane Farrington SA 50th
  • Wendy Anne Stanley SA 50th


  • Jane Carter                             SA bar                          30 years
  • Jill Hallas SA 27th


  • Chris Ward                             SA                                30 years
  • Phil Garrett                            SA  Bar
  • Pam Butler                             SA DC


  • Rob Farringdon                    Silver Wolf                  50 years
  • Richard Hames SA Bar CC


  • Chuck Lilley Silver Wolf 50 years
  • R Chambers                           SA Bar                         50 years
  • T Claydon                               SA                                40 years
  • Roger Woollard                     SA Bar            
  • Michael Wright                     SA                                40
  • Brain Crow SA 14th
  • Linda Pauley SA 54th
  • John Mills SA 7ht/23rd &13th


  • Geoff Oliver                           SA
  • Pauline West                         SA                    25
  • Will Bull                                 SA
  • R A Payne SA 57th
  • F C Moyes SA 57th
  • D C Holme SA W & D


  • Robert Benton                       SA Bar             50 years
  • Tony Claydon                         SA
  • John Wallman                       Silver Wolf     


  • Jane Carter                             SA       
  • Rob Farringdon                     SA Bar            


  • Mervyn West                         SA                                30


  • Terry Izzard                          Silver Wolf      50 years


  • Roger Woollard                     SA


  • Rosemary Chambers SA


  • Robert Benton SA


  • Terry Izzard                          SA


  • Chuck Lilley                           SA


  • John Wallman                       SA
  • Barry Howe                            SA
  • Lettice Dawson                      SA
  • Tony Billinghurst                  SA
  • Bob Greenwood 23rd           SA


  • John Chambers                     Bar to Silver Acorn    13th
  • Vic Barnes                              SA
  • Fred Coston                           SA                                13th
  • Rose Coston                           Silver Wolf                  13th County Training
  • Gary Pugh                              SA


  • Beryl Tabbit                           SA
  • Ken North                               Silver Wolf
  • Jock Dawson                          Silver Wolf
  • Alan McKenzie                      Silver Wolf


  • Maurice Howard                  SA 60th
  • F E Isaacson                           Silver Wolf 28th


  • Mr Woollard                          SA


  • Col Mainwaring                    Silver Wolf
  • Mr McKenzie                         Silver Wolf 11th South Cambs DC
  • Mrs V I Woodward SA 11th/9th CSL


  • Reg Ayres                               Silver Wolf 60th
  • Dr Dawson                             SA
  • Ken North                              SA                    Scout shop
  • Mr Cotton                               SA
  • John Chambers                     SA
  • Mrs Gardener Smith            SA
  • Edgar Tillt                              SA
  • Jim Green                               SA


  • Rose Coston                           SA
  • Bill Thurbon    WTT             Silver Wolf


  • Brigadier Duchesne            Silver Wolf      CC
  • Oswald Bell Silver Wolf CC (from newspaper report date unclear)


  • Mackrow                                Silver Wolf      12th


  • Fred Feary                             Silver Wolf      23rd      50 years an SL Stated to be only the third ever awarded in Cambridgeshire – it is the fourth listed here.


  • Irene Long (Rene) SA 42nd 40 years pack and district


  • Derek Pearce                         Silver Wolf ACC, Sea Scouts, St Faiths


  • FAJ McKenzie            


Brigadier Duchesne SA CC

W O Bell SA DC DCC Headquarters Commissioner


  • Professor Patrick Duff Silver Wolf County Sec.

Gilwell Archives has a list of Silver Acorn, Bar to Silver Acorn and Silver Wolf recipients that finished at some point in the mid – late 1950’s.  The five names below are the only ones that appear on that list.  Note Ken North MM was not listed.

The list did not include the very early Silver wolf awarded for 24 badges (see below).


  • Fred Feary                             SA                    23rd ADC Cubs


  • Howard Mallet                      Silver Wolf      DC


  • R P Ayres                                SA                    60th ADC (S) Cambridgeshire


  •  Mackrow                              SA                    12th ACC Training


  • Ken North                              MM


  • R H Mallet                              SA

The Right Reverend E S Gresford Jones received the above example of a Silver Acorn in 1943. He has previously been involved in scouting in Cambridge District for many years in several roles. He was ACC Training Officer in 1931.

The Silver Acorn was offered for sale for £200 with the following description: This is a Rare piece of Vintage Silver Scout Memorabilia. Made in Heavy Solid Sterling Silver it is the Issue 2A Acorn Award Medal that would have been worn on a Jacket with a Ribbon and Bar and was awarded for at least 20 years of Distinguished Service. What makes this piece even rarer is that it is engraved on the back with RT. REV. E. M. GRESFORD – JONES – 23 . 4 . 43. Then Edward Michael Gresford – Jones went on to become the Bishop of St Albans from 1950 – 1970. It is fully hallmarked on the bottom with DGC for the maker Daniel George Collins, the date letter R for 1941, the Anchor for Birmingham Assay Office, the Lion Passant mark for Silver and it has been electronically tested at a precious metal refinery to confirm the metal content. The jump ring is also stamped with the Lion Passant. It weighs 14.3g and measures 31mm diameter. The fob is in a used but good condition for its age with just minor surface marks and wear.

Silver Wolf for 24 badges

In the very earliest proposals a level 4 for 24 proficiency badges was proposed –the Silver Wolf.  This moved to being either 24 Proficiency badges or 12 badges and extraordinary performance or repeated acts of bravery, endurance or self sacrifice.   Later it became purely an award for the extraordinary acts, and the badge connection was dropped.

1911       A terrible shock has been dealt to scouts in Cambridge by the death of Scoutmaster William Wright, a second year undergraduate of Queens’ College. Joining when he first came to Cambridge he worked with Scoutmaster Spiller of the 7th and Scoutmaster Curzon of the 1st and had already attained the 24 highest honours badges which secured him the title of ‘Silver Wolf’.                       Cambridge News 29/09/1911

JWR Archivist Jan 2019