Posner, P E

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  • Philip Posner, John Heather, William Newell and Frederick Wild, all commemorated on this roll of honour, were pioneers of Scouting in Hertfordshire. Philip and John were pupils at Watford Grammar School for Boys. Philip’s parents bequeathed 21 guineas to the school to provide a science prize in their son’s memory. The mothers of John and Frederick helped the Scoutmaster with the work of the Scout Troop. William’s tragic death mirrored that of Jack Cornwell, the nationally commemorated Scout who died of injuries sustained at the Battle of Jutland. These four boys were members of the The 1st South West Herts (Countess of Clarendon’s Own), Hertfordshire’s first registered Scout Troop, inaugurated in 1908. 80 other previous members served in World War 1. Their meeting place in 1914 was in the Church Hall of St Mary’s Church, where the Memorial plaque honouring the four who died is situated on the north wall. The 1st Watford South (Countess of Clarendon’s Own) incorporating 82nd Watford South Scout Group, which retains its lifelong association with the Clarendon family in its title and patronage, now has its Headquarters at the Scout Hut in Durban Road East, West Watford.

    By Sue Ettridge, Scout Group Archivist (06/08/2015)
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