Leighton Buzzard Scouts [Z1432]
Monday 30th April 1917: The 1st Leighton Troop of Boy Scouts have been presented with awards today by the Vicar, Reverend G. F. Hills, who congratulated the boys on belonging to the organisation and on the many brave deeds performed by Scouts during the war. Four boys received tenderfoot badges, five were awarded Second Class Scout badges, and nineteen were given service stars. Assistant Scoutmaster Linney received his warrant, together with a framed picture of Patrol Leader George King of the Leighton Troop, who laid down his life for his country. A lady worker’s badge was given to Miss Yirrell, a Red Cross nurse who teaches the boys ambulance work. After the presentation of the awards the Troop was inspected by Miss Enderby and Miss Davey, of Pine Croft, Heath Road, who were impressed with the smartness and discipline of the boys. After the ceremony the boys marched through the town accompanied by the band, which has improved under the leadership of Mr. Costiff. More helpers are needed to teach the boys ambulance and other work so that the size of the Troop can be increased.
Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 8th May 1917