Book – The Walworth Scouts

by Rex Batten.

It was more than thirty years after the scouts’ memorial in Nunhead Cemetery had been vandalised that the telephone rang in the office of the Archivist at Scout Headquarters. The Archivist, Paul Moynihan, answered. The caller had a query. Nothing unusual in that, but the question the caller asked was odd: “Was a Percy Baden Powell Huxford any relation to Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting?”

“Not that I’m aware of,” was the immediate reaction. Then Paul hesitated. The name Huxford rang a bell. The Friends of Nunhead Cemetery had worked closely with the Scout Association in researching the Leysdown Tragedy and Percy Huxford was the name of one of the boys drowned. But that did not answer the question. From where had the caller got the Baden Powell connection? The obvious thing to do was to keep the caller talking until Paul could find out what he was talking about.

What transpired proved to be a remarkable piece of history.

A5 softback, 26 pages with photos.

The Walworth Scouts supersedes an earlier book, The Leysdown Tragedy by Rex Batten, which is out of print.

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Last Updated on 3rd August 2019