King’s & Queen’s Scouts

The Queen’s Scout Award, previously the King’s Scout Badge and Queen’s Scout Badge, is the highest award achievable for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members, previously Senior Scouts and then Venture Scouts.  The upper age limit to gain the award is now 25, having previously been 18 for Senior Scouts and 20 for Venture Scouts.

Holders of the Badge/Award can be called upon to perform a variety of Royal and Civic duties. There are several occasions when Queen’s Scouts from Finchley, Friern Barnet and Golders Green have undertaken these tasks that ranged from providing a guard of honour at specific functions to providing assistance at Buckingham Palace Garden Parties. Other examples from the past include performing duties at Coronation and Jubilee celebrations. In 1960 one Queen’s Scout from Finchley had the honour of helping to unwrap and display the wedding gifts that arrived at Clarence House for Princess Margaret.

For many however, their highlight was being selected to take part in the National St. George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle. The Queen’s Scouts march into the Quadrangle where the parade is reviewed by a representative of the Royal Family. They then march through the castle and down to St. George’s Chapel, where they take part in the National Scout Service.

There were also, from time to time, special rewards made by the District. There are records that show some holders of the award were taken to the London Gang Show while others attended dinner receptions.

As with the changes above, there have also been changes to the requirements necessary in order to gain the award.  They do however still focus on the key elements relating to personal development, camping & expedition skills and community service. A knock on effect of some of these changes was that for many Scouts there was a change in their focus, and a few years passed before there was another Queen’s Scout in the District.

Below is a record of the awards known to have been made in the District. Unfortunately this is not complete and no details can be found of awards made to members of the Friern Barnet and Golders Green Scouts prior to them joining Finchley. Additional names will be added if submitted and verified.

Roll of Honour

King’s Scout Badge
Year Name Group
1936 Nine
1937 Nine
1938 Three
1939 Nine
1944 R B Robins 1st Fin (AS)
1945 P Vermeulen
R B Wootton
1st Fin (AS)
1st Fin (AS)
1946 A Griffiths
A Cutter
?
G Street
L Stichbury
L D Smith
P Hassell
A Kirby
?
3rd Fin (Sea Scouts)
4th Fin
15th Fin
11th Fin
4th Fin
3rd Fin (Sea Scouts)
3rd Fin (Sea Scouts)
1947 Derek Batten
John Mountain
4th Fin
4th Fin
1948 Peter Lachmann
Terry Howard
William Lloyd
4th Fin
4th Fin
4th Fin
1949 Ian Davidson
B Huntingford
Billy Richards
P Milyard
F Meynon
6th Fin
15th Fin
11th Fin
7th Fin
2nd Fin
1950 Derek Warren
M Staal
A Crispin
R Harrison
15th Fin
4th Fin
5th Fin
11th Fin
1951 John Rogers
Brian Smith
Tony Amies
Colin Courtice
20th Fin
20th Fin
20th Fin
20th Fin
Queen’s Scout Badge
Year Name Group
1952 Ken Mason
David Martin
Brian Beazley
?
?
 4th Fin
10th Fin
10th Fin
?
?
1953 Roger Byford
John Jenkins
Gareth Pruden
William Mountain
Richard Nally
R Syres
T Knight
David Withey
15th Fin
15th Fin
15th Fin
15th Fin
7th Fin
20th Fin
20th Fin
15th Fin
1954 Bill Stevens
?
?
Philip Secker
Ian Holding
Bill Bellenes
20th Fin
20th Fin
1st Fin
23rd Fin
5th Fin
5th Fin
1955 ?
?
?
?
?
Anthony Thompson
Michael Robinson
M Drury
2nd Fin
7th Fin
7th Fin
7th Fin
7th Fin
10th Fin
10th Fin
10th Fin
1956 Graham Hepworth
Paul Shanks
Ian Tofield
?
Derek Ashley
Godfrey Salmon
John Trimmer
Roger Carter
Roger Biddlecombe
P Gilmore
?
15th Fin
15th Fin
4th Fin
4th Fin
5th Fin
5th Fin
5th Fin
6th Fin
10th Fin
10th Fin
14th Fin
1957 Roland Grayson 5th Fin
1958 D Vicary
A Dorricott
10th Fin
11th Fin
1959 John Garside
Tim Shrimpton
Victor Courtice
R Slade
John Herbert
John Horner
David Meirick
Roderick Salmon
David Burge
Michael Lidbetter
5th Fin
10th Fin
20th Fin
10th Fin
5th Fin
12th Fin
20th Fin
20th Fin
15th Fin
15th Fin
1960 Raymond Salmon
Rodney Freeman
Robert Bates
Clive Seymour
John Biddlecombe
John Davison
Brian Pibworth
Peter Lawrence
Richard Martin
?
7th Fin
10th Fin
15th Fin
15th Fin
10th Fin
1st Fin
12th Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
1961 Michael Erlebach
Brian Spriggs
Andrew Slovack
Michael Horner
David Heretier
Alan Cousins
Adrian Harvey
John Telford
Chris Driscoll
14th Fin
15th Fin
17th Fin
12th Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
17th Fin
12th Fin
17th Fin
1962 Alan Lake
Richard Garside
John Porter
Malcolm Wilford
J Kernot
David Telford
Tony Barker
David Tee
John Blakey
John Niblett
John Purkiss
15th Fin
5th Fin
5th Fin
5th Fin
1st Fin
12th Fin
12th Fin
12th Fin
12th Fin
15th Fin
12th Fin
1963 Michael Cooper
John Thompson
Peter Joiner
Ian Burrage
Martyn Daviss
9th Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
10th Fin
22nd Fin
1964 John Street
Alec Tomlin
David Willson
John Brimson
L Henscombe
G Clarke
Ivor Newman
Barry Naylor
Mick Evans
John Griffin
Alan Palmer
15th Fin
22nd Fin
12th Fin
15th Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
3rd FB
3rd FB
1st FB
12th Fin
3rd FB
1965 Michael Terry
Chris Nelson
Chris Terry
J O’Connor
Anthony Smith
W Foster
Geoff Lacey
Ian Thompson
John Restrick
4th Fin
5th FB
1st FB
4th FB
4th FB
4th FB
10th Fin
15th Fin
6th Fin
1966 Robert Shewry
Graham Tomlin
Ian Duff
Michael Fitzjohn
Malcolm Walker
Roger Kennedy
Michael Colville
Alistair Crannis
22nd Fin
22nd Fin
22nd Fin
16th Fin
10th Fin
9th Fin
10th Fin
6th FB
1967 Tony Cousins
Christopher Eldridge
John Fletcher
Clive Lee
Martin Burrage
Laurie Ockleford
David Aberhart
Richard Prebble
Peter Baker
George Miles
Robert Clarke
Ian Pentecoste
Frank Monnington
Rowland Jackson
Paul Bynoth
Joseph Martin
Philip Watkins
16th Fin
5th Fin
1st Fin
4th Fin
10th Fin
3rd FB
3rd FB
3rd FB
10th Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
10th Fin
6th Fin
1st Fin
4th FB
5th Fin
1968 Keith Birch
Philip Rigotti
Christopher O’Brien
Philip Knowles
Graham Furness
Malcolm Duff
Peter Cox
John Broomhall
James Daniel
Frank Phillip
David Santamaria
5th Fin
15th Fin
15th Fin
21st Fin
15th Fin
22nd Fin
9th Fin
22nd Fin
1st FB
15th Fin
4th FB

 

Queen’s Scout Award

 

 

Year Name Group
1972 Nicholas Phillip
Peter Johnson
Philip Morecombe
15th Fin
15th Fin
1st Fin
1973
1974 Julian Rigotti
Adrian Dolling
15th Fin
5th Fin
1975
1976 Robert Alderman
John Newton
Les Walters
Colin Green
Leslie Scrine
Daniel Davis
Andrew Buck
Robert Wanders
1st Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
10th Fin
10th Fin
11th GG
10th Fin
10th Fin
1977 Richard Fensome
Paul Densham
Peter Miles
Peter Killingback
M Harle
F Yeates
15th Fin
15th Fin
1st Fin
1st Fin
10th Fin
10th Fin
1978
1979 Graham Butcher 15th Fin
1980 John Graham
Andrew Norman
Stephen Becker
Gary May
11th Fin
15
th Fin
15th Fin
15th Fin
1981
1982
1983
1984 Paul Evans 15th Fin
1985 Andrew Rush 6th FB
1986
1987
1988 Stephen Ablett
Adam Clemens
15th Fin
15th Fin
1989 Jonathan Testar 15th Fin
1990 David Close
Martin Rowell
15th Fin
10th Fin
1991 Mark Yates 10th Fin
1992 Andy Gaul
Kerry Reed
Christopher Rowell
6th FB
6th FB
10th Fin
1993 Anna Szabady 15th Fin
1994 John Reeve
Ian Gaul
Charles Gude
Michael Zazzi
6th FB
6th FB
10th Fin
10th Fin
1995
1996
1997 Paul Feltham 15th Fin
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008

Gallery

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Memories

Going back to olden times, I was presented with my King’s Scout certificate at Eton College in 1950 by the Chief Scout, Lord Rowallan. On the Saturday we camped on the Eton Playing Fields and on the Sunday we marched past King George VI.

Derek Warren – 15th Finchley

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Eight Scouts gained the Queen’s Scout badge during Coronation year and, as was fitting, many of the duties in connection with Coronation celebrations were entrusted to them. In recognition of their efforts, they were entertained by the Local Association at the final performance of ‘Boy Scout’ at the Royal Albert Hall, where they had the box next to the Royal Box which on that occasion was occupied by the Chief Scout. The Local association proposes to make some appropriate recognition of the merit of Scouts who gain their Q/S badge in future years.

District Annual Report (1954)

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I remember that shortly after receiving my award I was asked to help on the last day of Lambeth Conference at the White City Stadium. Along with Peter Cox we acted as Stewards and also escorted Bishops from one location to another, prior to the final service taking place. Later in the year we had the privilege to act as part of a Guard of Honour to Princess Margaret when she attended the London Gang Show at the Odeon in Temple Fortune. And, what a great show it was too.

Philip Knowles – 21st Finchley

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I gained my Queen’s Scout Badge in 1968, just completing it in time, under the old system. That same year I formed part of the Guard of Honour for Princess Margaret when she attending the London Gang Show in Temple Fortune. Later, I was able to go to a Buckingham Palace Tea Party where they put me in charge of traffic control in the courtyard, well it seemed to me I was in charge. And, in 1969 I was fortunate to parade at Windsor when Derek Warren led the North London contingent (we had to go to a special training day with an army instructor with the result that our contingent headed the parade).

Frank Phillip – 15th Finchley VSU

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The best thing I remember was, along with Laurie Ockleford and Frank Phillip, being selected by the District to form part of the County contingent at the 1969 National Scout Service (St. Georges Day Parade) at Windsor Castle, where 1000 Queen’s Scouts from across the country gather each year.

In preparation we had to undergo a uniform inspection as well as some marching practice the day before, at the Territorial Army Base in Kingsbury.

On the actual day we were taken by coach to Windsor and after a photograph of our contingent told to report to the Royal Mews. There we discovered that it was necessary to go through another uniform inspection, and there were numerous Scouts present who had responsibility for sewing on buttons and polishing shoes. After a lengthy wait we met up and with the other two contingents from London that formed our marching section. It was with great pride that our section, led by Derek Warren (our ADC Venture Scouts) headed the parade down the high street, into Windsor Castle and then the quadrangle for the official salute. We then entered St George’s Chapel for the service.

After the service we left by the rear door and formed up again on the lawn. After a hearty three cheers we marched back to the Royal Mews, where we were formally dismissed.

A great day and one I will never forget.

Peter Cox – 9th Finchley

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We were very proud on going to Windsor in 1978 to see our son Paul, and Richard Fensome (15th Finchley) at the Queen’s Scout Parade on St George’s Day.

Ken & Mavis Densham

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We had a session run by the County of learning how to be shouted at and to march (I think that it was run at Scout Park, Bounds Green) and on the day they organised a coach for us to go to Windsor.

On arrival we left our coats in the stables and went to Combermere Barracks to be inspected, form up and practise. We were split into sections for this and for some reason I can remember that I was in section T.

Inspection was extremely thorough: no rogue badges, everything sewn on properly, no missing buttons, shoes and belts polished, even the correct colour of sock.

Scarves were not a problem as back then most adult leaders (male ones, at least) and the Venture Scouts wore ties. (I don’t know why that has changed so that nowadays most people wear a Group/District/County/random special event scarf. The only scarves that you used to see on adults were the Gilwell scarf, which again for reasons unknown is rare nowadays.)

There was to be nothing worn over the uniform unless there was an actual blizzard. And a simultaneous earthquake.

We marched through the town (parents everywhere on the route) and into the Quadrangle. I think that the member of the royal family present that day was Prince Michael of Kent, and of course he stopped to speak not to me but to the Venture Scout next to me.

Afterwards we went into the Chapel for the service, then outside to be addressed by the Chief Scout (Michael Walsh in my day).

Somehow Mum, Dad and I managed to miss the coach home (someone clearly didn’t do a headcount…) and had to return by train.

As a Queen’s Scout I went to two Buckingham Palace Garden Parties as “staff” and remember the contrast between the “royal” parts and the “backstage” parts of the building. At one of the parties I was delegated to open car doors for arriving VIPs, and one of mine was Margaret Thatcher.

I can’t remember whether it was before or after the Parade, but for London Queen’s Scouts the badge and certificate were presented by the Chief Scout at the Guildhall. I remember meeting two Venture Scouts from Edgware who must have been exceptionally keen – they not only had the QSA but also the Explorer Belt, and yet they had only fairly recently joined Venture Scouts. I think that they were still 16.

It was a few years later that I found out that my wife Deborah had been on the same Parade as me.

Andrew Rush – 6th Friern Barnet

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