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The 1940’s

1940
Gilwell Park was requisitioned by the War Office and closed to Scouting.

1941Baden-Powell died on 8th January at Paxtu and was buried in Nyeri, Kenya.

Lord Somers elected Chief Scout of the British Empire.

Air Scout Branch formed.
1942Duke of Gloucester succeeded Duke of Connaught as President.

Olave, Lady Baden-Powell returned to England.  With Pax Hill requisitioned by the War Department the King offered her a Grace and Favour Apartment, in Hampton Court Palace.

Four King’s Scouts representing Birkenhead, Glasgow, London and Southampton toured Canada and U.S.A. for six months to speak of their experience of air raids.
1944Day of Work raised £33,000 for the Scouts’ International Relief Service.

Lord Somers died.

Gilwell Park returned to the Scout Movement.
1945Lord Rowallan elected Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth and Empire.

The Civil Defence Badge, which had been awarded to over 70,000 Scouts during the War, was discontinued.  194 Scouts were killed while on duty in Britain.

The Road Ahead published following over 140 local conferences to consider the Commission’s preliminary report on Post War development.
1946Senior Scout Section for Scouts aged 15 to 18 officially started.

New plan for the Rover Scout Section introduced.

20th Torquay Scout Group (later 20th Torbay) was formed. The group was registered as a sponsored group, by Torquay Boys Grammar School
1947Memorial tablet to Baden-Powell unveiled in Westminster Abbey.

Lord Rowallan visited Gambia, Sierra Leone, Gold Coast and Nigeria accompanied by Commonwealth Commissioner Harald Dahl.

Most of the original manuscript of Scouting for Boys came to light and was purchased.
It is now part of the National Scout Archives.

The Sixth World Jamboree was held at Moisson on the banks of the River Seine in France. Known as the Jamboree of Peace or Peace Jamboree, it involved 24,152 Scouts from 70 countries.

World Scout Membership reached 4,404,927.
1948 Torquay Scouts obtain a permanent Headquarters at Rock Road Torquay . The first meeting was almost entirely taken up by the plans for the opening of a district campsite at Easterfield Lane, Watcombe
1949
Fourth World Rover Moot held at Skajk in Norway.

First Bob-a-Job Week held.

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