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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 Guides"

(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 Edward’s brother).

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 1905.

"Connaught and Strathearn, Arthur William Patrick Albert, duke of "
Britannica CD. Version 97. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 1997.

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