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Sheppey Scouts display role the organisation played in the First World War at Sheppey Gateway in Sheerness High Street

18 June 2014
by Hayley Robinson

It is on display at the Sheppey Gateway, High Street, Sheerness, during opening hours until Saturday.

Members of the 8th Sheppey Scouts put it together after learning about the history of the organisation and how the Scouts were involved in the conflict in order to gain their heritage badge.

Robert Fountain, group scout leader, with Connor Dacombe, 13, Charlotte Silver, nine, Scarlett Hayter, 10 and Elizabeth Burton, Beaver leader of the 8th Sheppey Scouts at a First World War exhibition at Sheppey Gateway

Robert Fountain, group scout leader, with Connor Dacombe, 13, Charlotte Silver, nine, Scarlett Hayter, 10 and Elizabeth Burton, Beaver leader of the 8th Sheppey Scouts at a First World War exhibition at Sheppey Gateway

Group leader Robert Fountain said: “The Scouts were involved a lot in the First World War and I don’t think people are aware of that.

"To free up men so they could go into the services they took up some of the roles such as coastal watching, stretcher bearers when some of the wounded came back and cycle messengers for the government.

“They also raised money for ambulances that went out to France to help the troops out there. The display features drawings, posters and write-ups by the kids.”

The group meets every Tuesday night at 7.30pm at the 8th Sheppey Scout Hut, Broad Street, Sheerness.

For more details on how to join contact Mr Fountain on 01795 581422 or email contact8thsheppey@rocketmail.com

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