Re: Scouting trivia
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 22:17:54 +0800
>I also recall a story in UK Scouting Magazine some years ago about a group
>of Scouts in a Concentration Camp. Apparently they met secretly, as one
>would, after work details. The exact details of the story are lost to me.
>however it is clear that they suffered.
I don't know about German concentration camps, but I do know that scouters
in Changi (on the infamous Burma Railway; for those not familiar with that
unfortunate piece of British Commonwealth military history, you will
probably recall the movie Bridge on the River Kwai. That was about the Burma
Railway, but does not come close to showing the appalling conditions in
which men worked, lived and died there...) met as members of 1st Gilwell
Park Scout Group and I have even seen a handmade Gilwell scarf with painted
MacLaren tartan that was improvised there. Most of them were British
Commonwealth Troops captured by the Japanese at the surrender of Singapore
in 1942, and very large numbers died through malnutrition, overwork and
disease. Yet in spite of all this they kept their spirits up by organising
concert parties, craft activities and scouting and other things to preserve
a semblance of "normality" in a life that otherwise would have been
unbearably lacking in hopes for the future. A story close to my heart; my
father's uncle died there...
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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