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Cubs at the Rally

Scout leaders listed in 1945

4th Matlock HQ

The photograph of the Scout Rally was taken in the corner of Causeway Lane Field. The house in the background, on Steep Turnpike, was the home of Dr. Morton. Amongst the names below are scouts from at least two local Troops.

The 4th Matlock Troop, which was founded by Harold Fletcher[1], used a room under the Congregational Church for Scout meetings for a time. However, the Scout Troop wasn't attached to any of the local churches and they mostly met in an upstairs room in a building next to the Boat House Hotel. On Remembrance Sunday they would march from there, go along Causeway Lane and then up to the War Memorial on Pic Tor.

Some of the 5th Matlock Scout Troop, who were attached to All Saint's Church on Smedley Street, are also on the photograph. The cubs are all in the first two rows, seted on the ground (approximately nos.40 to 53 on the outline image below). However, there are scouts amongst them - wearing shirts.

Below is an outline image, but with numbers added to mark individuals. Not all names are known at this time.


Standing, from the left at the back:
1 Hilda Gibson
2 Michael Maltby
3 -
4 Gordon Minifie
5 Colin Greatorex
6 -
7 Harold Briggs (Scoutmaster 5th Matlock, All Saint's Troop)[2]
8 Mr Smith (Sydney's father)
9 Walter Kerr
10 Sydney Smith (ASM 5th Matlock)
11 Harold Fletcher (District Commissioner)
12 -
13 Mrs Katie Fletcher
14 Fred Harrison
15 John Kent
16 Mrs Edith Gale
17 Charles Gale
18 Bernard Gale
19 Donald Kerr
20 -
21 Norah Kerr
22 Miss Monica Peach[3]
23 Mrs Smith (Sydney's mother)
24 -
25 -
26 Keith Gregory
27 Neil Jury
28 Keith Bagshaw
29 Bill Bradbury
30 Bill Griffiths
31 Roy Griffiths
32 -
33 -
34 -
35 Miss Beryl Findern[3]
36 -
37 -

Kneeling and sitting on the ground, from the left:
38 -
39 -
40 -
41 -
42 -
43 David Whitworth
44 Graham Spencer[3]
45 Brian Slater[3]
46 David Fearn[3]
47 Alan Beaumont[3]
48 -
49 -
50 -
51 -
52 -
53 -
54 David Cobb
55 Ian Dyson[3]
56 John Hickman
57 John Finney
58 Lewis Finney
59 -

Please email the web mistress if you can identify any of the missing names. Thank you :-)


Photograph, names and information provided by and © Bernard Gale, who scanned the image.
Outline image with numbers produced by Ann Andrews from an earlier image from Bernard.
Later additions from Ken Smith.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] Harold Fletcher was District Scout Commissioner and eventually became assistant County Commissioner for Derbyshire Scouts. He was Company Secretary of Derbyshire Stone Ltd. and subsequently became Assistant Managing Director. He was also a Magistrate in Matlock.
[2] By 1952 W H Briggs had become District Scout Commissioner.
[3] Known to have belonged to 1st Matlock Bath Cubs, either as leaders or cubs, in 1948.