Robert Stephenson Smyth BADEN-POWELL, ,Founder of the International Scouting Movement

Male 1857 - 1941


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  • Name  Robert Stephenson Smyth BADEN-POWELL, ,Founder of the International Scouting Movement 
    Suffix  ,Founder of the International Scouting Movement 
    Born  22 Feb 1857  Paddington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  8 Jan 1941  Paxtu, Nyeri, Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  St. Peter's Cemetery, Nyeri, Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (Research):Baden-Powell returned to South Africa prior to the Second Boer War and was engaged in further military actions against the Zulus. He organised the Legion of Frontiersmen to assist the regular army. While engaged in this, he was at Mafeking when it was surrounded by a Boer army, at times in excess of 8,000 men.

      He became garrison commander during the Siege of Mafeking, which lasted 217 days. Although greatly outnumbered, the garrison held out until relieved, in part thanks to cunning deceptions devised by Baden-Powell. Fake minefields were planted and his soldiers pretended to avoid non-existent barbed wire while moving between trenches. Baden-Powell did most of the reconnaissance work himself. In one instance noting that the Boers had not removed the rail line, Baden-Powell loaded an armoured locomotive with sharpshooters and successfully sent it down the rails into the heart of the Boer encampment and back again in a strategic attempt to decapitate the Boer leadership.
    Person ID  I17487  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified  31 Dec 2018 

    Father  Rev. Baden POWELL,   b. 22 Aug 1796, Hackney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1860, Hyde Park, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Henrietta Grace SMYTH,   b. 3 Sep 1824, Pimlico, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1914, Princes Gate, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Mar 1846  St Luke's Church, Chelsea, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Luke, Chelsea, Register of marriages, P74/LUK, Item 212.(This was Baden's third marriage) Issue 10 children
    Family ID  F5350  Group Sheet

    Family  Olave St Clair SOAMES, ,later Baroness Baden-Powell,of Gilwell.,   b. 22 Feb 1889, Chesterfield, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1977 
    Married  30 Oct 1912  St Peter's Church, Parkstone, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID  F7194  Group Sheet




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