History of First Claremont Scout Group

Robert McKenzie - Life Saver

One of the first Scouts at 1st Claremont was Robert McKenzie. On 12 April 1909 he was awarded the Silver Cross for Gallantry, for saving a swimmer from drowning. This was recorded in the March 1910 Headquarters Gazette in London as below:
'Scoutmaster W. Baker, the Hon. Secretary of the Central Council for Cape Colony, writes:-

"I have the honour to thank you on behalf of Corporal H.Wickins, Scout McKenzie, Birkenberg and Seaton, for having awarded Life-Saving Medals to them, which were ceremoniously presented to them by His Excellency the Governor and Acting High Commissioner, on Sunday August 27th, at Government House. The four boys and myself, as their Scoutmaster, were presented to His Excellency by Captain Hanna, R.A. the President of the Council.

The Movement is making good headway now. As a matter of fact I have just heard news from East London, where a Troop is being formed in the Junior Section, Y.M.C.A. and at Robin Island, where another is being formed. I intend going over there with some of my boys, to give them a start.

Those boys to whom Medals were presented belonged to the Claremont Division.

At a successful gymnastic Display and entertainment which took place at a later date, Captain Hanna, R.A. referred to the pleasure he had had in presenting these four Scouts to the Governor.

He read a letter thanking the Patrols of the Claremont Division for their prompt turning out in force and scouring of the District in search of a little child who had strayed from home and could not be found. The extreme left of this search party came in touch with the child at Kenilworth, where a friendly hand had taken him up. The parents' anxiety was removed and the child brought home."'

Headquarters Gazette, London, March 1910
Robert McKenzie
Robert McKenzie

History of First Claremont Scout Group