Memorial: M3919

Memorial at Nunhead Cemetery commemorating eight members of the 2nd Walworth Scout Troop and a boy from TS ‘Arethusa’ who died in 1912 following the capsize of their cutter

Location

Nunhead Cemetery, London, England

Transcript

‘IN MEMORY OF / PATROL LEADER WILLIAM BECKHAM aged 12, / PATROL LEADER HARRY GWYNN aged 13, / SCOUTS: / ALBERT EDWARD FOX aged 12, NOEL FAULKNER FILMER aged 14, / THOMPSON JAMES FILMER aged 12, PERCY BADEN POWELL HUXFORD aged 12, / JAMES SKIPSEY aged 12 EDWARD SMITH aged 11 / Of the 2nd Walworth (Dulwich Mission) troop of Baden Powell's Boy Scouts /
and FRANK MASTERS aged 14 of the Training Ship "Arethusa" / who were drowned off Leysdown on 4th of August 1912.’

Details

Description: A marble stele, decorated with ships prows circled with bronze wreaths. In front, a statue of a scout holding a pole, head bowed.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Marble, bronze
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott [designer]; Lillie Reed [sculptor]

People

Beckham, William
Age: 12
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Patrol Leader
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Dack, Albert
Age: 11
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Scout
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Filmer, Noel
Age: 14
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Scout
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Filmer, Thompson
Age: 12
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Scout
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Gwynn, Harry
Age: 13
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Patrol Leader
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Huxford, Percy
Age: 12
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Scout
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Skipsea, James
Age: 12
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Scout
Organisation: Boy Scouts
Masters, Frank
Age: 14
Date of Death: 4/8/1912
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Trainee
Organisation: Arethusa

Extra

Notes: Commissioned by the 'Daily Express' at a cost of £500. Drawings in British Institute of Architects library. The statue was stolen for scrap in 1969. The marble cenotaph was removed in 1970. The bronze plaque was recovered from a scrap dealer's yard in 1997 and the original is now in the hands of the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery. A fibreglass replica was installed on the wall of the Anglican chapel ruins in 2003.
Bibliography: Roy Masini 'Sea Scouting: a history, 1909-2009'pp. 19-33.