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Other duties

Whilst farming, coast watching and carrying messages were the main tasks Scout under took some groups were asked to take on other roles including guarding railway junctions and telegraph and telephone cables against enemy sabotage.


As today one of the early skills sets a Scout developed was First Aid.  Scouts were asked to help care for the sick and injured men of the Armed Forces as well as civilians caught up in attacks such as naval bombardments and Zeppelin raids.  They worked as stretcher bearers and performed basic First Aid as required.


In 1914 the school leaving age was 14, many Scouts had to balance their war work with school attendance.  Due to the crucial nature of the work some schools allowed boys time off but this wasn’t universal.



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