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Mr Straw's House, Nottinghamshire (Accredited Museum)
William Jnr was a member of the Worksop Scout troop and attended the large Scout rally in Windsor park in 1911. Upwards of 35,000 Boy Scouts from all parts of the United Kingdom and the Colonies were inspected by his Majesty the King in Windsor Great Park, on July 4th, 1911. After a long and sleepless night-journey, and little or no food, followed by the protracted inaction, there is little wonder that some few of the boys (many of them under 14) became faint and had to be carried off by the ambulance. At one period of waiting, so quickly did the faintings occur, that eight were carried away in ten minutes. With suitable food unobtainable in Camp, the town of Windsor was raided for supplies, but there also, bread was so scarce that loaves had to be obtained from private houses. At about 3.30pm the Royal procession commenced its journey round the sections. First came the soldiers and the Indian Marjah’s, etc., then the King, accompanied by the Chief Scout, and followed by more officers. After them, in her carriage, rode Queen Mary, with Princess May and the Prince of Wales. This had such an impact on William that he records in his diary 50 years later.
Scout uniform believed to have belonged to William Straw Jnr. Includes shirt, hat, garters, bag, water bottle, badge, one black and one white ribbon and a length of thread.