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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2011, 19:08:32 »
Great stuff :)
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2011, 17:52:40 »





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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 14:52:25 »
A while ago I was contacted by someone who had this Memorial edition of the Daily Mirror covering the tragedy, she wanted everyone who uses the forum to be able to have access to it.  I am adding the photo's large but it may still be difficult to read unfortunately, try to save the picture to your computer and enlarge it, hopefully it will work.






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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2010, 18:55:51 »
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~puxty/scouts_disaster.htm

I don't know if I am allowed to show this link here, but I have a report on this on my website.

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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2010, 11:04:36 »
Thanks for adding this Paul  :)

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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2010, 22:34:28 »
Just found a pic of the Funeral on it's way to Nunhead Cemetery.
Taken in Rye Lane, Peckham.

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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 19:06:01 »
Poverty Bay Herald - 6th August 1912

London, August 5

The Dulwich Scouts' mission is encamping at Sheerness.  A cutter containing 23 lads and five adults capsized, and nine of the boys were drowned.
Coastguardsmen rowed two miles and picked up the survivors.

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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2009, 15:38:39 »
Wednesday 7th August 1912

Boy Scout Disaster

Torpedo- Boat to bring the bodies to London
Mr. Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, has decided to send a torpedo-boat to Leysdown to convey to London the bodies of the Boy Scouts who were drowned off the Isle of Sheppey on Sunday.  The bodies will be taken out to the torpedo-boat by the Coastguard gig which rescued Scoutmaster Marsh and the other survivors.
Coastguards under Chief Petty Officer Streeter and ten Scouts scoured the flats between Warden Point and Shellness yesterday for the body of Percy Huxford, but without success.  The Board of Trade have decided to provide life-saving apparatus for use on the Sheppey coast, and it will be stationed at Leysdown.

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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008, 22:31:54 »
Found this taken at Nunhead Cemetery.
Out of an old Penny paper, not too good and doesn't clean up very well.
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Re: The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008, 13:14:01 »
Had a little trip to Leysdown to get pictures of the War graves there and came across this:





A memorial to commemorate the Scouts of The 2nd Walworth Troop Drowned off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey on 4th August, 1912.

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The Leysdown Tragedy.
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 07:28:11 »
                                                                                          Tragedy at Leysdown

On 4th of August, 1912, a tragedy occurred off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey. Nine Sea Scouts died when their training Vessel, a 32ft ex-naval cutter, was hit by a sudden squall and capsized.
All but one of the boys were from the 2nd Walworth Scout Troop.
The Group were on their way to a week`s camp at Leysdown.
The boat was 2 miles out and turning for shore with 23 Sea Scouts, the Scout Master and 5 helpers on board when the squall hit and the boys were thrown into the water.
Only one of the boys was a non-swimmer otherwise loss of life may have been more.
The Coastguard were assisted by two civillians in the rescue that saved the rest of the crew.

The Boys who died were:

William Beckham, 2, Patrol leader (a distant relative of David Beckham of football fame).
Albert Dack, 11
Noel Filmer, 14
Thompson Filmer, 12
Harry Gwynn, 13. Patrol Leader
Percy Huxford, 12
James Skipsey, 12
Edward Smith, 11
Frank Masters, 14, helper from the training Ship Arethusa

William Beckham had two brothers in the boat and they were saved. David Beckham might not be here if they weren`t

A postcard issued to commemorate the event shows the five Coastguards and two Civillians.
A Memorial was erected in 1914 at Nunhead Cemetery.

In 1969 the Statue from the Memorial was stolen and Police believe that it had been melted down for scrap, value 40.  After this the Memorial was vandalised.

All that`s left of the original Memorial Brass plaque reads " This base is all that remains of the original memorial"
In 1992 a new Memorial was erected and is still there.



More details here http://www.scouting.milestones.btinternet.co.uk/seascouts.htm

Even when I`m not on Sheppey I can find interesting things in my local cemetery.
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