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Baden-Powell Opening Accrington's Ambulance Hall

A magnificent procession marks the Boer War hero's arrival in Lancashire in a stunningly-preserved film.

Non-Fiction 1904 4 mins Silent


The huge crowds at this military and civic parade have turned out to celebrate Robert Baden-Powell as the hero of the 217-day Siege of Mafeking, a few years before he launched the Boy Scout movement for which he's best remembered today. Baden-Powell poses with an upper-class family before travelling with the mayor by open carriage to a warm reception at the Ambulance Brigade's new Drill Hall.