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Remembering Roland

The Scouting community mourned Roland’s death and just over a fortnight later a memorial parade of thousands of Scouts made its way through the East End.  For many years this was an annual event and the original grave marker was preserved by East London Scouts. 


His legacy has not been forgotten by East End Scouts.  Roland’s house provided a Headquarters for East London Scouts for over 60 years and its sale generated funds to buy the present day Headquarters named “Roland Philipps Scout Centre”. A fund to support Scouting in the area was also set up, and continues today supporting young East Londoners with the cost of purchasing badges, attending camps and other activities.  His generosity is still enabling young people to enjoy all the adventures Scouting has to offer.


To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme The Scout Association Heritage Service worked in partnership with The Fusilier Museum and East London Scouts to tell Roland’s story to a wider audience.  The outcome, an exhibition “Roland Philipps: Scout, Soldier, Somme” was produced by a team of community curators.  For more details click here.

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