Scouts remember a hero from history

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 June 2016

Major Robert McDonald (centre), Royal British Legion County Chairman for Somerset and City of Bristol, presenting the 'Agreement of Affiliation' to Stuart Hayward scout leader at 1st Locking Scouts and Liz Brown Chairman of Hutton, Oldmixon and Locking RBL.

Major Robert McDonald (centre), Royal British Legion County Chairman for Somerset and City of Bristol, presenting the 'Agreement of Affiliation' to Stuart Hayward scout leader at 1st Locking Scouts and Liz Brown Chairman of Hutton, Oldmixon and Locking RBL.

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A village scouting group has joined forces with a military charity to commemorate the 100th anniversary a young scout and sailor who died 
at the age of 16 during World War One.

The 1st Locking Scouts is now officially affiliated with the Hutton, Oldmixon and Locking branch of the Royal British Legion, which means the two groups can support each other with fundraising and events.

The two organisations held a remembrance event at St Augustines’s Church in Locking in honour of Jack Cornwell, who died in The Battle Of Jutland.

Scout leader Stuart Hayward said: “It was really good, the young patrol leaders were nervous about reading their parts, but they did the scouting group proud.”

The battle took place between May 31 and June 1, 1916, and was the only major naval battle in World War One.

John Travers Cornwell, known as Jack, was a scout in the St Mary’s Mission Group in London. He entered the Royal Navy in 1915 at the age of 15 and was trained briefly, before being sent to serve.

On May 31, 1916, while serving aboard the HMS Chester, Jack was struck by shrapnel and severely wounded. But he stayed at his post, waiting for orders, until he was relieved at the end of the battle.

When they reached land he was taken to hospital, but died three days later. The battle claimed more than 6,000 sailors’ lives.

Jack was given the Victoria Cross and the Bronze Cross – the highest scouting honour – for his gallantry.

The Cornwell Scout Badge – named after the sailor – is one of the most prestigious badges in scouting and is given for high character and devotion to duty, as well as courage or endurance.

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