Explore > Roland Philipps: Scouter and Soldier


Roland Philipps, one of Scouting’s most charismatic and influential leaders had been involved with Scouting for five years when he was killed at the Somme, France. However, despite this relatively short period of involvement, Roland’s outstanding contribution to Scouting in East London continues to be felt today and yet, he is relatively unknown.  Follow our online exhibition to find out more about his story.  This information is also available as a PDF.

Roland Philipps’ story and contribution to Scouting wasremembered at the overnight vigil held at Westminster Abbey to mark the beginning of the Somme centenary commemorations.  Four Scouts and their leader from East London stood at the tomb of the Unknown Solider between 9.45pm – 10pm on the 30 June 2016.

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