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Stories of Scouts during the first world war: Roland Philipps

Stories of Scouts during the first world war: Roland Philipps

Roland Philipps was one of Scouts’ most influential early leaders. Even though he was only involved for five years, his outstanding contribution to Scouts is still felt today. Despite this, he’s relatively unknown.

‘…the training centre in East London will in any case be at the service of the East London Scouts next summer. In case during the war I go on the bigger Scouting expedition, as so many have already done, I want to ask you as a special kindness to pass over the buildings, on my behalf, to the Scouts I care for so greatly in East London. One could live or die gladly in this or any other world if one knew that Scout ideas were held on high by the men and boys of this country.’

From a letter Roland Philipps wrote to Baden-Powell


A photograph of Roland Philipps wearing his Scout uniform with pride.