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1st Streatham Common - Formed in 1908 and still going strong

There is a list of some 91 Scout Troops that were founded in 1908, all potentially claiming to be the "first" to be formed. Nearly 50 of those Troops founded in 1908 are still active, including the 1st Streatham Common, and they have been continuously active since day 1. However, because of a lack of documentation and registration process, there is no definitive order within that list of who was first. A few Troops claim to be "the first" based on some definitive event, e.g. a visit by Baden-Powell, but not the 1st Streatham Common.

This though does not diminish the tremendous record of service to the youth of the community they serve.
Click here for a full list of the "founding" troops.

Calling all Unit members that have an association with the 1st Streatham Common. Can you help provide information that will help build a brief history on the Group? Photos are also welcome. Send all contributions to

90th Anniversary of the 1st Streatham Common

John W Brown of The Streatham Society has been kind enough to check the Society's archives and has shared this newspaper article that relates to the 90th anniversary of the 1st Streatham Common Scout Group.

There are also some other "historical" items from the Society's archives that can be viewed here.

Allan and Dave Brown in 1948 Dave Brown and Dave "Haggis" Webb
Allan and Dave Brown

Dave Brown joined the Wolf Cub Pack of the 1st Streatham Common around 1946/7. His memories from that time can be found here.

Dave's older brother, Allan, joined the 1st Streatham Common in 1939 and after National Service, returned to the Group as a leader.

Who Said "Publish and Be Damned!" *

Dave "Haggis" Webb was a member of the 1st Streatham Common / Estreham VSU / Estreham-Livingstone VSU / Streatham VSU between 1962 and 1973 ish!

Dave has spent much of the 2021 lockdown penning his memories intermingled with a bit of a history on the 1st Streatham Common. The SVSU website has secured priveleged publishing rights to this literary masterpiece and is proud to bring to you, dear reader, Part 1 of "Unreliable Memoirs" by the aforementioned Mr Webb. Read it and weep!

* The coining of this expression is attributed to either Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) who directed it at Harriette Wilson, one of his many mistresses, OR, the author of "Unreliable Memoirs" who directed it at the esteemed webmaster of the Streatham VSU website.

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