Geoffrey was a member of 5th Douglas St Thomas’ (Bishop’s Own) Troop who met in St Thomas’ Church Hall (until recently the Red Cross HQ) in Derby Road. He won his gold cords (on his right shoulder with tassel), which was awarded to First Class Scouts who earned 18 proficiency badges and the President’s Award. He also won his King’s Scout’s Award in 1943-44.
A Gold Cord King’s Scout was a rare bird and the highest training award for proficiency and achievement within the Scouting Movement. Another Gold Cord King’s Scout was Major General Michael Walsh who was Chief Scout in 1982-88.
Photo submitted by Peter Kelly