Mar 8th 1912
At an Executive Committee meeting, on Thursday, Coun. Briggs in the chair, two new troops were registered – Hornby Castle, under Scoutmaster John Richardson, with nine Scouts; and Leighton Hall, under Scoutmaster B.A. Pickett *, with 19 Scouts. The 2nd Morecambe troop has been disbanded owing to lack of keenness. Seaside troops generally are not as enthusiastic as inland ones, there being so many other attractions. This, coupled with long shop hours, making Scouting progress difficult. Mr. Wiggins, Scoutmaster of the 6th Troop (2nd Wesley) has resigned, and Assistant S.M. E. Marks**, of the 4th Troop, was appointed Scoutmaster in his place. Scoutmaster Dilworth was appointed to the 4th Lancaster Troop as joint S.M. with Mr. R.E. Wright. At an examination for the Missioner badge, conducted on Saturday by Dr. Hamilton, the following Scouts passed:- N. Hayton, E. Westworth, T. Burrow, E. Brodrick, of the 1st Halton; N. Shenton, J. Bond, A. Bell, D. Bratherton, E. Smith, R. Bowker, C. Fox, J. Briscoe, E. Wilson, W. Baxendale, R. Pullen, of the 4th Lancaster Troop. The latter Troop have now 100 proficiency badges.
* Bertram Arthur Pickett born 20 Mar 1890 Leeds.
In the 1911 Census living at 13 Elford Terrace, Harehills Road, Leeds, a Student (Teaching Profession).
In the early 20th century Leighton Hall was being occupied as a school.
In 1939 residing at 280 Newton Drive , Blackpool, Grammar Schoolmaster with his wife Lauretta Crabtree Married 1920 at St.Paul, Marton, Blackpool.
He died 1968 in Blackpool.
** Ernest Marks was born 3 May 1891 in Slyne. He was baptised on 5 Jul 1891 at Holy Trinity, Bolton le Sands, “Ernest Marks – Son of George Marks & Sarah Ellen, Born: 3 May 1891, Abode: Slyne, Occupation: Signalman.” In the 1911 Census the family is living at 20 Vine St Lancaster. Ernest is an Outfitter’s apprentice.
He married Bessie Darwen in 1918.