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Quorn Scouts in WW1

The first Scout troop in Quorn is recorded in 1912, just two years before WW1 started. During the war some troops folded through lack of leaders, but most, including Quorn carried on, run by older men, and by the local groups working together. The boys did whatever they could, including gardening and helping on farms, where men had joined up. They tirelessly raised funds for the ‘Quorn Sailors and Soldiers Fund’, by organising concerts, parades and other entertainments, often led by the scout bugle band. In addition they would attend the frequent memorial services for the fallen, always providing a bugler to play the last post.

Another duty carried out by local scouts was that of coast patrols, to watch for signs of an invasion or bombing. This may seem surprising given Quorn’s distance from the sea, but groups of older scouts from Quorn and Mountsorrel were kitted out and sent off to the East Coast, thereby releasing a similar number of soldiers for active service.

The certificate below was awarded to Quorn Scouts in 1918 in recognition of their coast watching duties.

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 Submitted on: 2019-12-24
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2259
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