Matlock Bath's First Baden Powell Scouts and Rovers, with one cub.
The Matlock Bath Scouts were playing bugles and a variety of sizes
of drum. It is somewhat speculative but, as the picture was taken
in the autumn, it is quite probable the boys and young men were taking
part in Remembrance Sunday parades and we believe the photograph
was taken in the grounds of the former Royal Hotel.
On Sunday 22 October 1933 a service was held at Holy Trinity Church
and the District Commissioner, the Reverend W. H. Nixon, dedicated
the colours of the Matlock Bath Rovers and Scouts.When he addressed
the congregation Rev. Nixon said that some regarded Scouting as
a great game. He added that he agreed with it being a game but
it was also a sacred game which made the boy God's man. At the
same time several young men were instituted as Scouts. Their names
are shown with asterisk* below. The following young men, who also
became Rovers or Scouts in the October, are not on the photo:
Wilfred Shaw, Eric Shaw, Eric Locke and Cecil Henshall..
The photograph shows two Troop colours. The left one belongs to
the Matlock Bath & Cromford
Troop and the one to the right of the Union flag has Matlock on
it, so is probably the district colours.
row, left to right
1 Jack Clay* | 2 John Morten* | 3 Frank Gill* | 4 Tom Morten (holding
colour) | 5 Josh Whittaker* | 6 Charles Morten* (holding union
7 Maurice Morten |
8 Frank Evans | 9 Lesley Mosley | 10 Bernard Shaw* | 11 Frank Clay*
row, left to right
1 Percy Sewell* | 2 Charles [Charlie] Yeomans* | 3 Lawrence Troy*
| 4 (Drum) Reuben Smedley* | 5 Leslie Sewell* | 6 Cub Ron Binks
(partly hidden - holding colour) |
7 Phil George | 8 P. Parker
Matlock Bath's Rovers used a room over the stables next to the
Devonshire Hotel. The North Parade headquarters had been officially
opened in 1932 with the Vicar, Rev. C. T. Walker, presiding.
The building was demolished when the A6 was widened.
In the 1990's someone wrote to the Matlock Mercury enquiring about
this photograph and I believe my late father provided either him
or the newspaper with all the names but I believe they were never
published. The title "Bugle & Drums, Matlock Bath B. P.
Scouts" was written on the back on the photograph
by my father.