Croydon Scouts, in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Croydon, Bernadette Khan, conducted a solemn memorial service at Croydon Minster on Saturday, exactly 100 years to the day after their predecessors staged a similar commemoration for the 75 Scouts from the area who had died in World War I.
Representatives from a majority of groups in the Croydon Scouting district sent adult and youth members to participate in this special memorial service led by District Chaplain Rev Andy Dovey.
Councillor Khan recited the Ode of Remembrance and then the Last Post was played on a bugle by Graham Baker, one of Croydon’s Cub Scout leaders.
Wreaths were laid by Colonel Ian Robbie, the Mayor of Croydon and Greg Cook, the Scouts District Commissioner.
The congregation then witnessed 75 young people from Croydon Scouting each bringing up a wooden poppy cross each bearing the name of one of the Scouts who gave their lives in the Great War.
Steve French, one of the organisers of the service, said, “Sincere thanks to everybody who attended and those involved in the preparation and delivery of this service. I feel it was a most fitting tribute to those former Scouts who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
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