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The Duke of Connaught
greets Canadian Scouts at the 3rd
World Jamboree at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, England, 1929.
Collection of Frank Donahoe
Courtesy of Kevin Snair
About the Duke of Connaught.
Baden-Powell writes of the Duke of Connaught in Lessons from the Varsity of Life:
From: Chapter V "Soldiering"
My previous experience of Staff work had
been when, in India, I had been appointed temporarily to the Staff of the Duke of
Connaught, when His Royal Highness was Divisional General at Meerut....
The Duke of Connaught ... had the
extraordinary gift of seeing the human side of every venture. He realised how far his
officers and how far his men could go, and through his personal sympathy and memory of
every personality with which he came into contact, he gained the whole-hearted and devoted
team work of those serving under him.
From: Chapter X "Boy Scouts and Girl
(King Edward VII was a great supporter of
Baden-Powell's and encouraged him in the early days of Scouting. The Duke of Connaught was
The encouragement that King Edward gave
was fully seconded by H. R. H. The Duke of Connaught, who, seeing its possibilities, even
in those early days, accepted the Presidency of the movement and has wholeheartedly
supported it ever since.
(The Duke, as President of the Scout
Association, opened the 3rd World Jamboree).
1929 saw the biggest event in our Scout
History since the inaugeration of the Movement, when we opened a camp for 50,000 Scouts of
all nations at Arrowe Park, near Birkenhead....
The Duke of Connaught opened the camp.
The Prince of Wales attended it as the representative of His Majesty the King. Numerous
men of distinction, foreign as well as British, also visited the camp.
The Duke of Connaught (from the Encyclopaedia Britannica):
(b. May 1, 1850, Buckingham Palace,
London, Eng.--d. Jan. 16, 1942, Bagshot Park, Surrey), third son of Queen Victoria and
Prince Consort Albert; he held various military appointments and served as
governor-general of Canada.
Prince Arthur, his mother's favourite son, was created duke of Connaught and Strathearn in
1874. He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1866 and did well in the army,
becoming full general in 1893 and field marshal in 1902. He served in Egypt in 1882,
commanding the 1st Guards Brigade at Tel el Kebir. He then went to India and held the
Bombay command from 1886 to 1890. Returning to England, the duke held various military
appointments, notably commander in chief in Ireland (1900-04), inspector general to the
forces (1904-07), and commander in chief in the Mediterranean (1907-09). As
governor-general of Canada (1911-16) he aroused controversy by attempting to intervene in
Canadian military affairs. Thereafter he presided over various state functions over the
years and finally withdrew from public life in 1928.
In 1879 the duke had married Princess Louise Marguerite of Prussia, and their elder
daughter, Margaret, married the crown prince of Sweden (later King Gustav VI Adolf) in
"Connaught and Strathearn, Arthur
William Patrick Albert, duke of "
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