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.