Search for roll goes on

�Scout tradition has always remembered its former scouts with memorial halls and the boards, and finding this one would complete the circle of their service and out heritage,� 1st Cottesloe Scout Group leader John Andrewartha said.

The missing board lists 29 members of the 1910-founded Ocean Beach No. 29 Boy Scout Troop WA, which met in a hall behind the Irvine Street, Peppermint Grove home of former Freshwater Bay Yacht Club commodore Ernest Waterhouse.

The last photograph of the board was taken at the former 1st Mosman Park Scout Group hall on Wellington Street in 1998, after the Irvine Street hall closed in 1950.

By 1916, 29 former and current members of the troop had enlisted, including the 15-year, 11-month-old John Waterhouse, later the father of researcher Bob Waterhouse.

For the centenary of the 1915 Anzac landings, Bob Waterhouse and historian Neville Green published Not Just a Name containing the stories of the 997 listed on Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park honour boards from World War I.

Mr Waterhouse�s only record of the missing board is a photograph he took of it in the Mosman Park hall in 1998 and searches by Scouts WA and 1st Cottesloe Scouts have failed to find any record of it at any other known location.

Of the 29 men and boys listed on the board, seven were killed in the war, including Harrie Holmes on the Western Front in France on the same the day his mother Jane presented the board to the Ocean Beach Troop on August 5, 1916.

�It is obvious that from that date that Jane Holmes, distraught from the shock of the loss of her son Harrie, never updated the roll, as the final date of the war is missing, and no killed in action soldiers are highlighted,� Rob Waterhouse said.

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