Roland Philipps: Scout, Soldier, Somme

Over the last four months volunteers from the local community have been
working with The Fusilier Museum London researching the life of Roland
Philipps and The Battle of the Somme.

In Roland Philipps we found a man who not only experienced the Somme, one
of the most contentious battles of the First World War, but a man who worked
tirelessly for East London’s local community. His is a story which has faded
with time, despite his legacy funding many of the activities of the East London
Scouts today. With the approaching centenary of The Battle of the Somme,
The Fusilier Museum, our volunteers and The Scout Association felt that the
time had come to pay tribute to a man whose actions continue to contribute to
the local community.

Despite being born into wealth and privilege Philipps was inspired to move to
East London to share Scouting with boys from less well-to-do backgrounds.
He believed that every boy should have the opportunity to take part in
Scouting, to take responsibility and to learn through doing. His calling was
interrupted by the Great War in which he felt it was his duty to fight. Although
his life was cut tragically short it was greatly celebrated and his influence is still
felt today.

This exhibition has been researched with the help of The Scout Association
whose heritage collection we have been fortunate to work with to find out
much of what you will see in the exhibition.

Please do come along and visit the exhibition or attend one of our events:

Opening Event - 1st June, Barbican Music Library

Closing Event - 11th August, The Fusilier Museum Tower of London