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ROBERT BADEN-POWELL - MENU SIGNED CIRCA 1924 - HFSID 176634

The Lieutenant-General who is credited as the founder of the Boy Scouts Association signs this menu of the 13th Hussars Old Comrades' Association in the 7th Annual Balaclaba Dinner, in pencil

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ROBERT BADEN-POWELL
The Lieutenant-General who is credited as the founder of the Boy Scouts Association signs this menu of the 13th Hussars Old Comrades' Association in the 7th Annual Balaclaba Dinner, in pencil

Menu signed: "R Baden-Powell" in pencil. 4x6½. Menu for the 13th Hussars Old Comrades' Association 7th Annual Balaclava Dinner, Anderton's Hotel & Restaurant, Fleet Street (London), October 25, 1924. Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) had been detached for scouting service in Africa in the Ashanti (1895) and Matabele (1896) campaigns. In 1897, he transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards, which he commanded. While he was on leave in England in 1899, Baden-Powell was appointed to raise a force of mounted rifles to be based in Mafeking with the secret aim of making raids on the Boers in Transvaal. Mafeking was besieged by a superior force of Boers on October 12, 1899. The siege lasted for 217 days (until May 17, 1900), and the relief of Mafeking was celebrated throughout the Empire, as it was the first victory the British had achieved in the Boer War. A Colonel when the siege began, Baden-Powell was promoted to Major-General after the victory. Baden-Powell is best known for founding the Boy Scouts (1907, two years before he was knighted in 1909). Baden-Powell, who based his program on the skills he had learned as a scout in the military, wrote a number of guidebooks for the organization, many of which were illustrated by his paintings by Baden-Powell; he was an accomplished artist. In 1911, he helped his sister, Agnes, found the Girl Guides, a similar organization for girls. He returned to military service during WWI, serving with the British Intelligence. Toned. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

 

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