Cambridge Scouts on journey of remembrance
With events that mark the festival of remembrance on the horizon, and the Poppy Appeal in full swing, one Scout Group in Cambridge is taking members of the Scout Troop to Amsterdam to pay tribute to one brave former member.
Following some research of seven names that appeared on a war memorial in the Group’s headquarters, it transpired that one of the old Rover Scouts, Leslie Jaggard, had been serving with the Royal Canadian Airforce when his plane was shot down over the Netherlands and he was killed. Flight Sergeant Jaggard was buried in Amsterdam, a long way from his Cambridgeshire home.
The Group decided to embark on a trip to the New East Cemetery in the Dutch city, to pay their respects to a fellow Scout and learn more about the horrors of war that befell the young men who had been Scouts like them.
Scout Leader Graham Steed, who has organised the trip, said: ‘It will be fascinating for the Scouts to visit another country together and remember the sacrifices made by people who are, to all extents and purposes, the same as they are. We plan on visiting the Anne Frank Museum, as well as participating in activities with a local Scout Group, who are accommodating us. To be able to relate it all back to home, and the Group’s history will make it much more poignant.’
‘An honour and a privilege’
As well as their own tributes, the 12th Cambridge will be laying a wreath that was unexpectedly sent to them by the Chief of the Canadian Air Staff, after one of the Scouts wrote to Jaggard's former squadron to explain what they were planning.
‘As a group we consider it an honour and a privilege to be asked to lay a wreath on behalf of the RCAF and the people of Canada,’ Steed added.
This trip is just one example of the way in which Scouting participates in Remembrance events around the world. On his recent tour of London and the South East, Chief Scout Bear Grylls bought a poppy from a Scout Group in Battersea who raised over £1,300 during last year’s appeal.
You can follow the activities of the 12th Cambridge over the weekend on their blog.