Up until around 2005, the men commemorated on our Memorial were largely forgotten by the Group. We were aware of the Memorial but that was about it. However, with the internet and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission putting their records online, it became possible to search for them and find out where they were buried or commemorated if they did not have a known grave. The information from the CWGC also gave details of their families, ages and where they lived. It took a while to locate the correct information, but we believe we now have the correct details for each man. The CWGC information also made it possible to find out more about these men.
It was also discovered that one of our Scouts was killed in the Second World War, so he was added to our online memorial.
In 2011 and 2012, as well as finding out more about these men, research was done into the names of the Scouts who were on a list in the book ‘Boy Scouts Organisation Register for The Potteries and District Boy Scouts Association’. This list was written in 1908, sometime in the late summer or early autumn, and so these were the names of our original Scouts (one of the men on the Memorial, Joseph Simpson, is on the list). However, it was discovered that at least four of the Scouts on the list (information on some of the Scouts cannot be located) were also killed in the First World War. Therefore, they were added to the online Memorial.
From the drop down menu above, you will be able to read about the Scouts on our Memorial and find out when and where they were born, see a photograph of a few of them and see their actual graves or memorial.
If anyone has any further information or photographs they would like to share, please get in touch with us.