Memorial: M3920

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

'TO COMMEMORATE / THE SCOUTS OF / THE 2ND WALWORTH TROOP / DROWNED OFF LEYSDOWN / ISLE OF SHEPPEY, / ON 4TH AUGUST 1912 / GONE HOME / WILLIAM BECKHAM AGED 12 / ALBERT DACK AGED 11 / ALBERT FILMEN AGED 14 / HARRY GWYNN AGED 13 / PERCY HUXFORD AGED 12 / JAMES SKIPSEA AGED 12 / EDWARD SMITH AGED 11 / AND FRANK MASTERS AGED 14 / OF THE TRAINING SHIP / ARETHUSA', 'THIS STONE ERECTED / IN 1992 REPLACES THE / MEMORIAL DESIGNED / BY / SIR GILES GILBERT SCOTT / DONATED BY / KELLAWAYS FUNERAL SERVICES / & FRANCIS CHAPPELL / MONUMENTAL MASONS LIMITED / WITH THE HELP OF / THE FRIENDS OF / NUNHEAD CEMETERY'

Details

Description: White marble in the shape of an open book carved with 1912 Scout badge.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Marble

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: Drowned when their cutter capsized off the Isle of Sheppey, when the scouts were on a camping expedition. There is also a memorial to the eight boys, consisting of a bronze plaque set in a Kentist ragstone boulder at Leystone (St Clement) churchyard near the scene of the accident.
Bibliography: Roy Masini 'Sea Scouting: a history, 1909-2009'pp. 19-33.