13th Scouts

This information was taken from the Far Cotton Scout pages. For more information please visit www.farcottonscouts.co.uk

The group was formed in 1909 with the setting up of the Peewit patrol with 6 scouts and 2 leaders.

The group was originally called St Marys Scout Troop and was one of the first few to be set up in Northampton.

One of the original leaders was a Mr W Mumford

From then until the late 20's the history gets a bit patchy but the group continued as we know the names of several leaders who were in charge of the group. During this time we know that the group lost one of its members in the 1st World War, P.L. Reginald Pacey of the First Surrey Rifles, who we believe is buried in a war grave on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria.

1926.1st Scout Boxing Championships are held to raise money for the Overstone Camping Ground. A scout from the group, Norman Snow, won the competition and went on to be a professional middleweight boxing champion. The group also changes its name to the 13th ST Marys Far Cotton Northampton.
1929 The group win a signed photo of the Chief Scout after having an article published in The Scout, the national scout magazine of the time. The group hold their 1st church parade and hope to get their flag dedicated at the next parade. The group receive a donation of a trek cart so that they can get all the equipment to Overstone for week-end camps.
1930 A concert is held at the church rooms to help raise Group funds, the tickets cost 1 shilling or 6d.
1931 30 has been raised by the scouts to help restore the Far Cotton War Memorial.
1933 The group win 1st Place in the Northampton Carnival with their depiction of the "Raiders up the Nene". They win 3.3.0 for the efforts.
1934 The troop distributes 75 parcels of food and groceries to the poor families of Far Cotton.
1937 2 scouts from Far Cotton attend the 5th World Jamboree in Vogelenzang Holland. Scout fellowship is formed.
1939
-45
War Years. Most of the leaders and older lads are called up for war duty. The group continues to meet through the war years with the local vicar acting as leader and not one scout night is missed. Again the group loses one of its members in the war, Ronald Holloway, Aircraftman 2nd Class, who is buried in the war grave section at Towcester Road Cemetery.
1947 Scouts collect 2500 jam jars ( do not know what for).
1948 Annual camp is held at Barmouth in Wales and 33 scouts attended. A scout named Tom Dawkins was nicknamed 'Nogger' after eating all the crusts off of the loaves all week.
1951 Members of the group attended the dedication of the Open Air Chapel at Overstone by the Bishop of Peterborough.
1953 Scouts attend the County Camp held at Delapre Park to commemorate the coronation of the Queen.
1956 Christmas party denied to the scouts by the leaders as the scouts had not attended enough church parades.
1957 One scout from the group attends the first ever Northampton Gang Show
 From here until the present day the log seems to have lapsed into a state where it was not kept up to date, with only occasional pictures from the newspapers.