Scouts from across Merseyside have been preparing this week to commemorate those who, for our tomorrow, gave their today.
As Britain entered the First World War on 4 August 1914 Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement, volunteered Scouts to support the war effort, they weren’t to have a military role but were asked to undertake work which released for service personnel in the Armed Forces. During the Second World War, Scouts continued to support significant efforts across the UK.
The skills our young people had learned through Scouting proved very useful in carrying out a range of jobs, from working on farms to guarding railway lines. In 1914, the age range for Scouts was 11 to 18 years. The majority of Scouts undertaking war work would have been aged 14 to 18 years old, as the school leaving age was 12 and Scouts were discouraged from missing school.
We are proud to be supporting many Acts of Remembrance across our 146 communities this weekend; as well as attending the service at St. George's Hall in Liverpool; where our Youth Commissioner, Ben Hodge, will lay a wreath on behalf of all our 10,500 members.
We will remember them.