Visiting servicemen

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Throughout WW2 Scouts, Scouter and Rovers in the services visited and became involved in Cambridge Packs and Troops.  Crew all closed soon after the start of the war, with the exception of a rump University Crew.

As documented on other pages Cambridge Scouts sought out Rover Crews based within the Services and visited Groups close to their postings.

See also

  • Evercircular letters
  • Evacuees and Refugees
  • Rover Crew in the Forces

Few names survive from this era

Keith Mander   RAAF Flying Officer 419194 (bomb aimer) who did two full tours of duty and between meet with the 12th Cambridge.  In 2020 his daughter Trish Redman passed on two photographs of the 12th in 1945 with details of Keith’s flying experiences.  Little more is known of his interactions.  Keith was a Scout and Rover with the 10th Malvern Troop (Melbourne, Victoria) and details of his involvement were supplied via the Group Leader Stephen Howell.

Verne Olsen   An interesting programme of films was shown at Grafton Street HQ.  The chief feature was a film of local scouting ‘all in glorious Technicolor’ taken by Technical Sergeant V. Olsen an American stationed at a nearby airfield.  Prior to the war Sgt Olsen, who comes from near Cambridge Massachusetts, was running a scout Troop on Long Island, N. Y. 

A Scouter based with the armed forces near Cambridge made links with the 26th Cambridge.  He wrote in The Scouter May 1942 of a cycle ride from Cambridge to Wood Green (55 miles) for a meeting with his group, returning the next day, he for his next nine hour duty, they for town.

Other visitors have been noted and will be added to this page.

JWR Archivist June 2020