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Jack Cornwell grew up in Leyton and Manor Park in North East London.  He came from a large family with five siblings, his Father, Eli Cornwell, had previously served in the Army.  Jack joined his local Scout Troop at St Mary’s Mission, Little Ilford.  In common with today’s members Scouting taught Jack new skills and he gained recognition for his work.  His Scoutmaster later recollected

“Nothing was too hard for him… …he would attempt any task.  After passing his Tenderfoot he work for his Second Class which he eventually won, and kept the pot boiling by passing his Missioner’s Badge.”

The Missioner’s Badge was awarded for performing charity work, good turns and knowing how to care for the sick.

Unfortunately, in common with many other boys, Jack’s Scouting career was cut short by the outbreak of the First World War; the leaders joined up and the troop was dissolved.  By this point Jack had left school and was working as a delivery boy.

On to: Naval Career 

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