New Web Pages: Life and Time of Sir Robert Baden-Powell
Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 20:19:19 -0500
The Pine Tree Web is pleased to announce the addition of the following
pages to materials on the life and times of Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Most
can be found by referring to the Baden-Powell Home Page at:
-- "Be Prepared," an interview with Baden-Powell describing the beginnings
of Scouting, published in The Listener in 1937.
-- Sir Baker Russell was B-P's first commanding officer when he was posted
to India in 1878. Colonel Russell was an unconventional leader. B-P recalls
the Colonel in this sketch from Indian Memories published in 1915.
-- "South Africa, August 21st, 1900." Baden-Powell painted this scene for
C. R. B. Barrett's History of the XIII Hussars published in 1911.
-- Scouting in South Africa, 1884-1890. Russell Freeman's Scouting with
Baden-Powell provides an easy to read and enjoyable account of B-P's two
lives -- as a serving officer in the British Army, and as the Founder of
the World Scout Movement. His chapter on B-P in South Africa in the 1880's
gives a good second-hand account of B-P's service there including the
pursuit of Dinizulu in Ceza Bush.
-- Windsor Rally, July 4th, 1911. Baden-Powell described the event as "one
of the most thrilling moments of my life."
-- Sovereigns. A series of biographical sketches of the five sovereigns B-P
served from Queen Victoria to her great-grandson, King George VI.
-- 5th Dragoons Guards. Baden-Powell served as Commanding Officer of the
5th Dragoon Guards in India. It was here that he put many of his ideas
about Scouting to work in training the men of his regiment.
-- "Enterprise" by Hilary Saint George Saunders. This short biography of
B-P is much the idealized version of his life. Written shortly after World
War Two, it forms part of a testimony to the contribution of Scouts in
Occupied Europe and England during the dark days of the war. While
occasionally relying more on drama than on fact, this chapter on B-P
provides a good capsule biography and introduction to his "Two Lives."
Excerpted from Hilary Saint George Saunders, The Left Handshake, 1948.
I hope you find these materials of interest.
Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
Yours in Scouting,
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