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John Yerbury

John Yerbury joined 4th Southall (Villiers) Group as a Scout and became Assistant Scout Master in 1942. He was called up for National Service and joined the Rover Crew in RAF Yatesbury where he became Assistant Rover Scout Leader. Returning to Southall he became Scout Master of 4th Southall in 1949, a position he held until 1968. He completed his Wood Badge training at Gilwell Park and this convinced him that the Scout method was correct.

John Woodhouse

John Woodhosue passed away peacefully in Hayes Cottage Nursing Home on 24th January this year following a long illness bravely fought. He will be sadly missed.

Paul Wilson

When Paul was growing up in Chalfont St. Peter he joined the 1st Chalfont Group as a Cub Scout. Later the family moved to Acton where he joined 1st Ealing (Christchurch). Paul continued in Scouting and following a move to Hillingdon became Group Scout Leader of 1st Harmondsworth.

He was appointed District Commissioner for Uxbridge and District, with his wife Anne as Assistant District Commissioner (Cub Scouts). His sons maintained the family Scouting tradition.

On retiring he was ordained and ministered to parishes in Hereford. He is survived by his son Anthony.

Den West

Den joined the 5th Wembley in 1942 as a Wolf Cub and from that day onwards he never lost his love for, and deep involvement in the Movement. Having passed through the Scout and Senior Scout sections he became a Rover Scout and then a Leader in Wembley. He married Jean in 1958. Having been apprenticed as a Joiner he played a leading part in 1975/6 in the team that designed and built the Wembley District Headquarters, so much so that he was appointed Warden, a job that he carried out with distinction until his illness was diagnosed early in 2005.

Clive Thomas

I have written Clive’s name large, for he was one of those sometimes larger than life characters, that sometimes cross our paths in Scouting. He was born in 1935 in Chiswick and whilst he was a choirboy and altar server at St Nicholas’s in Chiswick it appears he was a member of their Youth Club, rather than their Scout Troop. His career as a Grocer with the Co-op was cut short by National Service, during which he was trained as a Cook. After his demob he joined British Rail filling various roles, spending his working life with them, and retiring as an Advertising Manager.

Ron Stone

Ron Stone's Service Record:- Instructor 1970: ASL 1971: SL 1974: AGSL 1984: Group Vice President 1989, with 5th Pinner: Pinner & Headstone District Treasurer 1997 and County Auditor from 1974 to 1984.

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