This web site is dedicated to the members of the 1st Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle, St. Andrew’s, Porthill Scout Group who died in the World Wars.
In St. Andrew’s Church is a Memorial and a stained glass window dedicated to the memory of the members of the Troop who died in The Great War – World War 1. The names of those listed are as follows. They are shown as they are commemorated, and in the order they are on the memorial. Click on each Scout’s name and see their memorial details on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s web site.
After this website was originally published in 2005, a conversion was had with former Porthill Scout and 50th Bradwell leader Don Hickton, who told us about a Scout killed in the Second World War.
Between December 2011 and May 2012 we found that five of our original 1908 Scouts were also killed in WW1. They too are now remembered here.
In June 2012 following an article in our local newspaper about this site and the discovery of more of our Scouts killed in wars, we were made aware of another Scout killed in WW2 by a member of his family.
Following on from a conversation in September 2012 with Frank Simpson, who was ‘the pal’ who joined Porthill Scouts from Longport with Bill Davies, two more ex Scouts have been identified as being killed in WW2.
In October 2012, the book ‘The Wolstanton Roll of Honour’ by Geoff Mayer and Chris Sheldon was published. It includes the four Scouts killed in WW2 mentioned above, but also has another Scout.
After a recent (May 2014) look at the St. Andrew’s Chruch Book of Remembrance, another one of our original 1908 Scouts was identified as being killed in WW1.
Outside the Church is a War Memorial with the names of all those from Parish who were killed in the Great World War. The Scouts killed in the Great War are again commemorated on separate tablets.
Information on each of the men can be seen by going clicking on ‘The Men’ section at the top of the page. Also, more information about the Memorial and Window can also be seen by clicking on the relevant section at the top.
It appears that no one else from the Group was killed in any conflicts since WW2.
If you have any information about the men that you would like share with us, please get in touch.
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD,
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN,
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.