BADEN POWELL Robert - Typed Letter Signed regarding a workshop for disabled servicemen
Robert BADEN POWELL (1857-1941)
Typed Letter Signed (“Robert Baden Powell”) to Major Tudor Craig, thanking him for allowing a visit to the Lord Roberts Memorial Workshops.
1 page 4to on letterhead of the Boy Scouts Association, London, 5 February 1917.
Thanking Major Tudor Craig for his visit to the Lord Roberts Memorial Workshops, Baden Powell continues “It was a very satisfactory thing to see so large a number of our crippled men at work and thereby enabled to earn . . . a good livelihood . . . It was still more satisfactory to recognise that the whole scheme is on a solid and business like basis and that it will . . . be able to extend its benefits to some 5000 of our disabled soldiers. . .”
The Workshops had started at the instigation of Lord Roberts who had campaigned for more to be done for ex-servicemen, and specifically to provide employment for those who were disabled in service. After Lord Roberts’ death in 1914, the workshops were named in his honour, and were expanded throughout the British Isles, producing items such as toys to baskets and furniture.
The letter has been lightly pasted on to a decorative album page, with a long and interesting obituary of Baden Powell laid down on the verso of the album page.
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