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Isle of Wight Scouts remember

Across the Island our Groups attended Remembrance Day services at their local War Memorials on the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.

As a tribute we’re documenting how some of our Groups joined in with the services.

Our Favourite Photo

West Wight DC Mandy updated our favourite photo:

Scouts in World War I

Archivist Barry Groves has been looking into the role of Scouts in WWI and has unearthed some very interesting photos and facts. It’s a fascinating read:

BOY SCOUTS CONTRIBUTION TO WW1

1st Newport

Chris sent us some photos of the Newport ceremony and 1st Newport’s preparations for the event.

 

 

1st Newport Scout Emily sent us her thoughts on the event:

“On Remembrance Sunday I was privileged to lay a wreath in St Thomas’ Square with the dignitaries who attended the service of  Remembrance at Newport Minster.  The honour of laying a wreath with the dignitaries is in recognition of 1st Newport (The Old Guard)  holding the Freedom of the Borough, awarded to the Group in 1974.“

 

1st Wootton go local:

1st Wootton were unable to attend the West Wight Remembrance Service as they were taking part in the Wootton Community Service.


The Wootton service was held at St Mark’s Church where readings were made by one of the group leaders and another by one of the Scouts.

A procession lead by Wootton Brownies was made to the Remembrance memorial at St Edmunds church where the names of those lost during the war were read aloud by the leaders of 1st Wootton followed by the laying of the group wreath by one of the Scouts and the crosses made by the Brownies, reflective thought was observed during the silence at the 11th hour.
One of 1st Wootton Cubs was proud to wear the service medals of his great grandad who served during the war.
As GSL I am so very proud of our young people, leaders and occasional helpers who took part in this year’s community service.

 

 

 

 

Michaela sent in these photos of 5th Ryde

 

 

Gretel from 1st Newchurch added this photo

I’ll be happy to add any belated entries you send me into this special report.

 

We received some good press coverage:

Our report on 1st Newport was in the IWCP:

1st Newport IW Scout Group (The Old Guard), through WWI

https://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/17206700.heritage-remembrance-of-fallen-scouts/

Together with a number of photos of events across the Island.

 

Meanwhile..

County Commissioner Paul was with the Hampshire Police Band on the Somme.

 

Sometimes..

the Island throws you a curveball and you think of Remembrance day in the summer. This was Culver a few years ago…

 

 

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