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15th Deaf Scout Troop in Deptford

By H Dominic W Stiles, on 3 January 2014

In 1921 Joe Barnett, a scoutmaster in south London, became head of the St. Barnabas troop, where under the chaplain the Rev. Raper, he remained until 1934.  Barnett (who died in 1967) kept a scrapbook with pictures and brief mentions of the troop.  In the front of the scrapbook there is a note from Raper dated 11/2/1924 saying that due to a shortage of Deaf members the unit had included hearing boys and that they were working together.  Over the period 1921-33 there were 76 members, 54 of whom were hearing and 22 ‘deaf and dumb’.

Eventually the Royal Association for the Deaf and Dumb put its foot down as we see in the letters below from the Rev. Albert Smith, after the Rev. Raper, chaplain for many years stood down shortly before his death in 1933.

RADD Scouts 1

Click on for larger images.RADD Scouts 2

4 Responses to “15th Deaf Scout Troop in Deptford”

  • 1
    Pastor Borbor Arku wrote on 27 January 2014:

    I am the Deaf Scout Leader of the Deaf Boy Scouts of Liberia,please give me your E-mail address now
    thanks you
    Pastor BorBor Arku

  • 2
    H Dominic W Stiles wrote on 4 February 2014:

    You will find our contact details on the library web pages.

  • 3
    Scouter Borbor T.Arku wrote on 2 February 2018:

    The Deaf Scouts Association of Liberia in the World Organization of Independent Scout

  • 4
    Scouter Borbor Arku wrote on 19 October 2018:

    National Deaf Scouts Independent of Liberia