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The Early Warrant List
The following list of Cambridge District Warrant holders between the years 1909 and 1914 are from the Gilwell Archives.
The list is in sets by date and alphabetically within those sets. The years run across individual file cards
They do not
appear to be complete in that many other names of people regularly active in the
district are recorded in local records.
They are certainly not complete in terms of active workers on the ground
awaiting warrants or working in peripheral roles. A significant amount of support across troops
is not listed and most are not linked to a particular troop.
It is not known why the list is incomplete. The local timing of assessment before or after involvement is not clear. Some cards are numbered but we do know some were lost or the compilation incomplete.
The Uses of the List
The index is
very useful for linking to other work of
reference, in particular the locally very useful ‘Cambridge University War List’,
which gives further details of most of those who were or had been at the
University and fought in the Great War. Whilst
limited it can add or confirm a piece of information that points more strongly
towards one person or another.
The Limitations of the List
The list does not give first names, which is not such a problem when searching those with three initials or a double barrel, but does not help to distinguish H Halls.
Local addresses are very useful when identifying students, if they are in halls, but the lack of home addresses makes linking with other sources difficult. A student address and a ‘March’ troop brings lack of certainty – why are they listed with Cambridge, do they travel to March (a fair distance), is this an error by address or yet another name with no identified local troop.
152 listed Warrants, some names appearing twice.
The listed Troops were 1st (3 individuals), 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th (3), 7th, 8th (2), 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 1st Cambridge District . This observation is not very useful in that most were presumably attached to a Troop and a few to a District role.
106 of the 152 were resident in Cambridge
33 were College addresses, but some other students were not in recognizable student accommodation.
Balls (no initials)
Blandford Francis George
Fagge F W L Norton
Captain died WW1 Teacher
Fenton G F
First Chair and a Vice President
Muncey (Edward Howard Parker)
1st Cambridge (poss)
CU Later Rev Teacher
died WW1 CU
died WW1 CU
later Rev CU
Card Y 1909 – B 1910 is possibly missing or there are no names between Y and B for this date. This possible gap sits between the reverse of Card 1 and the front of Card 2 and there is no mechanical break in the sequence.