Lot comprising two campfire blankets, a beret and tunic that belonged to Lt.-Col Howard Mead and his son Colin. These items contain hundreds of district, South African  contingent, Jamboree and various other Boy-scouting patches, badges and memorabilia spanning the period from 1920 to 1957. Several rather scarce South African Boy-scouting badges are included in this Lot.

Lt.-Col. Howard Francis Mead (27/03/1911 - 19/01/1982) was a very successful and highly regarded Scout leader. His son, Colin Mead became a Queen's Scout at quite an early age and travelled to the 1957 Jamboree in England with his parents and sister. 

Following his commissioning as an officer, in 1931, he served for nine years in corps work, before his appointment in 1940, to the leadership of scouting throughout the territory.

In 1944, he was appointed as Divisional Young People's Secretary at Middlesborough. Further appointments followed until he was appointed as Principal of the Howard Institute, Rhodesia in 1950. Subsequently he was transferred to South Africa, where he served until his retirement in 1976

Colin Mead was born in Cardiff, Wales during the Second World War. 
In the 1950s Colin’s parents were appointed to an overseas position in Zimbabwe with
the Salvation Army and were transferred to Johannesburg, where they were put in
charge of the Johannesburg City Corps, followed by various appointments, always
situated Johannesburg. Colin lived in Johannesburg since the age of 12 where his father was a highly regarded Scout Leader. Colin, became a Queen’s Scout at a young age and travelled to the 1957 Jamboree in England.

Colin Mead passed away on the 11th of May 2022. 

Oversees buyers, please note that the combined weight of this Lot comes in at 4.2kgs excluding packaging. This will result in exorbitant air freight costs. Surface mail is suggested as the most cost effective option.


  • Overall Condition: Fair to good
  • Sold By: Booktown Africana
  • Contact Person: Chris Shelton
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 0685615292
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Internet banking transfer (EFT), PAYPAL. Regret no Credit Card facility.
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved

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