Geert Spillebeen, on 07 January 2007 - 09:05 PM, said:
I am still a rookie on this forum.
I am leading a research about the link between <u>WW1 and the First Boy Scouts</u>.
As you may know 2007 is the 100th anniversary of the first Boy Scout Camp, a test camp in august 1907 on Bronwsea Island. Baden Powell took some 20 boys to that camp to test his scouting theories.
Some of these boys died a few years later during WW1 in Flanders & France.
I have quite a bit of information about some of them, BUT NO PICTURES.
Could someone <u>help me find photographs </u> of :
2LT M.C.Wroughton, 12 Royal Lancers, died 30 Oct.1914
2LT W.F.Rodney, Rifle Brigade (att. to Royal Flying Corps), died 9 May 1915
2LT Marc A.P. Noble, Royal Field Artillery, 1 July 1917
Any information is welcome.
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Here is some WW1 Boy Scout information, which may be of interest to you. It comes from an excellent book on British Uniforms 1914-18 by John Bodsworth, pages 395-396.
British Boy Scouts were the subject of a War Office letter No.144/Miscellaneous/3098(C1) dated 10th August 1914 :-
" The service of Boy Scouts has been placed at the disposal of the Government, and General and other Officers Commanding who desire to avail themselves of their services should communicate with the County Commissioners. The Boy Scouts would be capable of carrying out such duties as the following, in uniform and equipped :-
a. Guarding or patrolling bridges, culverts, railway and telegraph lines, stores, etc, against damage by individuals.
b. Collecting information as to available supplies, transport and accomodation etc.
c. Handing out notices to inhabitants and other duties connected with billeting.
d. Carrying our relief measures among inhabitants.
e. Carrying out communications by means of dispatch riders, signallers, wireless beacons etc.
f. Assisting families of men employed in defence duties, or sick and wounded, in their homes.
g. Establishing first aid dressing stations, or temporary hospitals, refuges, dispensaries, soup kitchens, etc.
h. Acting as local guides and orderlies etc.
j. Forwarding dispatches dropped by aircraft.
k. Sea Scouts can assist Coastguards in their duties, and can assist in guiding friendly vessels in unbouyed and unlighted waters.
By November 24, 1914, the use of Boy Scouts and Cadets had been modified by War Office letter No.114/Miscellaneous/3302.
" The Army Council have recently had under consideration the question of the continued employment of boy scouts and Cadets of recognised Cadet Units in Commands, and have decided that to ensure uniformity in their employment the following conditions must be enforced.
1. That no boy scout or recognised cadet is to be employed on any military or semi-military duty such as the protection of or watching any vunerable points, or stores, or in situations where there is any possibility of their being brought into contact with the ememy.
2. That while scouts or recognised cadets may in future be employed as orderlies, messengers, telephone operators, or on other light duties connected with military offices, such appointments must result in saving the employment of a serving soldier.
3. That no scout or recognised cadet may be employed who is liable to attend school.
4. That no scout or recognised cadet is to be paid more that 1s 6d per diem.
Boy Scouts were awarded a War Service badge, to be worn above the uniform right breast pocket.
The 1914 War Service badge was awarded for 28 days unpaid service.
The 1918 War Service badge was awarded for 50 days unpaid service.
About 80,000 War Services badges were awarded during the war.