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Chief Scout’s Commendation 1917

Lancaster Guardian, 28th July 1917

Scouting Notes:-

The Chief Scout has forwarded the following letter of commendation for work done in connection with the local waste-paper and egg collections, to the S-M’s of the 4th, 5th and 7th Lancaster Troops: “I have been so glad to read the report of good war work done by the 4th, 5th and 7th Lancaster Troops since the beginning of the war. Sixty-two tons of paper takes a lot of collecting, and so do sixty thousand eggs, but you have done it, and I hope will do a lot more before the war ends. Best of all, it shows that you have got the right spirit and ‘go’ in you. Stick to it and carry on. You will all of you be proud, years from now, to feel that though boys you did your bit in the Great War.

(Signed) Robert Baden-Powell”

Saturday, July 28th, paper collection, 5th and 7th Troops. Badges:- Gold cords, J.B. Goodwin, Caton Troop ( this high honour has only been won once before in this district); telegraphist, J.B. Goodwin and J.R. Cook, Caton Troop; swimmer, J.R. Cook, Caton Troop: leather-worker, E. Wilson, 4th Lancaster: war service, F. Taylor and L. Brown, 4th Lancaster.

* John Burnett Goodwin was born 1900 in Heysham, son of Robert Burnett Goodwin a gardener and Ada nee Parry, married at St. Paul’s, Brookhouse in 1897.

In the 1911 census the family is living in Brookhouse.

John appears to have emigrated to the USA in 1921:

New York Passenger Lists & Arrivals Transcription:-
First name(s) John Burnett Last name Goodwin
Sex Male Age 20y Birth year 1901
Nationality Britain, English Residence Glasgow, Scotland
Departure port Glasgow
Arrival year 1921 Arrival place New York
Ship name Columbia Country United States
NARA publication number M237 and T715