Hospital Scout Troop

A ward full of happy Scouts
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HRH Queen Elizabeth chats to a young cub/scout when she visited Harlow Wood Hospital in 1950
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Scouts and Guides forming a Guard of Honour on the main drive into Harlow Wood Hospital - possibly 1950's
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The Scout Troop at Harlow Wood Hospital is understood to have been formed around 1931.The Scout Leader was Ron Briggs from Sutton-in-Ashfield

In 1946/7 Frank Meridith of Warsop is recalled as the Scout Leader.  

“Mr Frank Meredith of Warsop used to cycle every week to take us on Ward One for Scouts, after he had been to work all day. Obviously like the work Miss Bestwick (teacher) did, we didn’t appreciate it at the time, now we realise what kind people they were. A Cousins – former patient.

Acknowledgement – it is not possible to name individually the many people who have contributed over past years to my information on Harlow Wood Hospital, they are all acknowledged. The original source of some documents and photographs are unknown, anything published is done so in good faith to share the information and keep the memory of this wonderful hospital alive

Comments about this page

  • I was on Ward 1 in the 1st Harlow Wood troup from 1950-1951.
    Jonny Marriott was my friend he went in the pool on
    a Saturday I went with him as I understood him.
    The photograph shows my bed by the display cabinet top right

    By Trevor Boam (Matlock) (08/03/2023)
  • Have you seen the Harlow Wood page ‘Scout Award’ ? This may be the young scout you are referring to.

    By Editors (28/10/2012)
  • When the 5th Mansfield St Marks Scout Group was disbanded, I was asked to be scoutmaster at Harlow Wood Hospital and was so from 1948 to 1951 when I was called up for National Service. I remember one of my scouts being awarded the Cornwall Award, sadly I was not able to be at the presentation.

    By Clive Heaps (27/10/2012)
  • Does anyone know if Frank Meredith is in any of the pictures I would like to know what he looked like and also if anyone has any other pictures of Frank Meredith. Many thanks Kim .

    By Kim (31/07/2011)
  • The spelling of Meredith now is corrected, thank you for pointing this out. Maybe your friend would like to add a page with the photograph you mention and add a few words. We are sure this would be of interest to other people.

    By Pauline Marples (14/12/2009)
  • The Scout Leader’s name should read Mr. Frank Meredith. My friend, Roger Marriott has a photo. of the Scouts in their beds at the time of the last photo. when Lord Rowallen, Chief Scout came to the hospital to present a Cornwall Scout Award.

    By Hilary Briggs (12/12/2009)

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