Default

Default

Default

Default

Default

Default

Default

This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

SCOUTS OF BRITAIN

DEVOTION TO DUTY

FILLING A NOBL^ROLE

THRILLING STORIES

Numerous examples of the great part the Boy Scout movement is playing in the Battle Britain are;given in a booklet, "They Were Prepared," compiled by headquarters of the Boy Scouts' Association, London, and a copy of which has reached New Zealand. Whether assisting evacuees, rescuing people trapped in debris, fighting fires, salvaging furniture after air raids, serving in canteens for the Forces, acting as instructors to the Home Guard, or performing a host of other duties, the Scouts of Britain have filled a noble role since the first onslaught on the British Isles was made by Nazi airmen. One simple t(ut graphic example of a Scout's devotion to duty Is typical of the many given in the booklet. "Derrick Belfall was fourteen years old. Though the official minimum age for A.R.P. service is sixteen, Derrick worried permission out of his father to join the messenger service. And then one night the time of testing came.. ; Swift and devastating was the attack on the seaport city. Heavy explosives and fire bombs fell in the area where he was on duty.. There was a message to be delivered and Derrick was sent. Bombs were falling, and high overhead shells were bursting. Shrapnel rained down, but Derrick carried on with, undaunted courage. It was when returning to his post that he saw a chance of further service. With a stirrup pump, and working single-handed, he fought a fire and extinguished it. Then from another blazing house he rescued a baby. It' was shortly after this that Derrick was picked up in the street, gravely wounded. He died in hospital and his last words will surely be added to those many other famous last words: 'Messenger Belfall reporting. I have delivered my message.'" IN THE LINE OF DUTY. Many Scouts have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, and the courage of even the youngest members of the movement, the Wolf Gubs, has touched the hearts of men of the A.R.P. Many under-sixteens have bluffed their way into the A.R.P. service and performed most valuable work to the limits of their physical ability.

.This is the list of awards conferred bf the 'King on Scouts during the. war to June 30, 1941: One 0.8. E., two George Crosses, twelve George Medals. Awards by the Boy Scouts' Association during the same period include eleven Bronze Crosses and many Silver Crosses and Gilt Crosses. In a foreword to the booklet the Chief Scout, liOrd Somers, writes: — "The spirit of service. is the spirit of the true Scout whatever his rank of age. The spirit of the good turn, ever present in peace time, has matured to devoted self-sacrifice in war. In writing to me recently the Prime Minister, Mr. Winston Churchill, said: -'The record of the work of the Boy Scouts during the war on the home front is a very fine one.' I thinkj therefore, the world should be told of some of the acts of heroism and devotion to duty of our Scouts, and that is the purpose of this little booklet." .

"They ;Wfre Prepared" is stark;.r.eadin"| ixx: fecjme" "respects, but it' should be read to appreciate what the youth of Britain is doing and will continue to do until victory is won.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item
Bibliographic details
Word Count
552

SCOUTS OF BRITAIN Evening Post, Volume CXXXII, Issue 111, 6 November 1941

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working