Ancrum boy scouts 1912.
Ancrum boy scouts 1912.

Captured by the camera in this week’s picture from the past are the Ancrum Boy Scouts in 1912.

The Ancrum Troop must have been one of the earliest to formed. The Mafaking veteran Robert Baden-Powell founded the youth movement in 1908 after an experimental camp with 20 boys from mixed backgrounds the previous year at Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset.

We know very little about the Ancrum Troop or why this photograph was taken – we think outside the village school.

But we do know the identity of all the youngsters – thanks to the person who submitted the photograph, who wants to remain anonymous.

The back row, left to right, shows: Jim Hardie, George Kennedy, Jack Thomson from Hopton, George Douglas from Harestanes, David Maxwell, David Chapman from Woodheads, Sam Thomson, Robert Cochrane from Lydgate and Hugh Girvan.

Seated: John MacDougall from Kirklands, Adam Kennedy, Jimmy Ballantyne, Alistair Kennedy, Andrew Barnes, Bill Elliot and Gregor Whillans from Woodheads.

The photograph appeared on a postcard sent by young Jack Thomson (third left back row) to his brother George at 19 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh on May 17, 1912.

In handwriting that would have put him top of the class he wrote: “How do you like the Photo and do you know them all. They came on Monday. Mother and Father left on Wed. morning. Do not loose this and Bring it home again. It was awfully wet yesterday Afternoon and night. Jack.”

The card has a green ½d postage stamp and is franked May 17,1912 with the word Roxburghshire partly visible.

Compiled by Bob Burgess