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First Luton Sea Scouts
Established 1909

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Royal Navy Number:69   Charity Number:300465
Group Correspondence:25 St. Andrews Close, Slip End, Luton, LU1 4DE


Group History

World War 1

When war came, many of the older boys and scouters went away, never to return. 

The 1st Luton was the only scout group in Luton to survive all the way through the war.  Those not old enough to fight were used as messengers, orderlies at the Wardown War Hospital (now Wardown Park Museum) and to marshal the railway bridges in the area. 

In 1916, Mr. Tansley took the job of Scoutmaster.  He held this post for 12 years and was the man responsible for rebuilding the troop after many members had been lost.  He introduced Cyril Welch, a patrol leader to the group who in 1919 received his King Scout Badge personally from Lord Baden-Powell at the Bedfordshire rally which was held within the grounds of Luton Hoo.  The group also won the county scout competition in Ampthill Park the same year.