November Last Post

For the previous five years, the November Last Post has had a significant number of Woking District Scouts in attendance. This year due to restrictions there were far fewer people in attendance, although many Woking groups and the 8th Bramshill group were in attendance. We also had some air Scouts and cadets join us.

Our Individual Remembrance remembered two Canadians who both died 80 years ago today.

Signalman Talbot Francis Papineau O’Neill of the 2nd Canadian Division Signals, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Son of John Alexander and Angelina O’Neill, of Ottawa, Canada. Great-grandson of the Hon. Louis Joseph Papineau. He died 1st November 1940 following a motorcycle accident while on active service, aged 19. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, plot 3, row P, grave 7.

Captain Victor Alexander Maclean MC of the Auxiliary Services, Canadian Army. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1915 and was a prisoner of war in Germany between April 1915 and December 1918. He rejoined the Canadian Army in 1939 and came to Britain in 1940. He was married with two children when he died on the 1st November 1940, aged 46 from unknown causes. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, plot 3, row P, grave 7.

Our poem was ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Colonel John McCrae.

The Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph were read by members of the assembled youth groups.

For the first time since March, our Senior Standard Bearer, Tom Milne was parading the Union Flag. Our Standard bearer was Alan Lopez and the Last Post was sounded by Mrs Ruth Moore.

Credits: Paul McCue and Kevin Barker.