A group which started up to teach valuable skills to children after the men from a north Norfolk village left to go to war is celebrating its centenary at the end of the month.

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Redvers Paul Yaxley was born January 21, 1900. His father was a policeman and eventually he became a scout at Buxton Lamas in August 1914, where two of his great great grandchildren are now a scout and a beaver.

He joined the Royal Navy as a boy and around 1917 he went to sea during the First World War. During his 12 years with the navy he trained and became a telegrapher, communicating using Morse code. He was awarded three medals.

In the 1920s he was based in China, on The Woodcock patrolling the Yangtze River for river pirates. When he returned home he became a postman in Buxton and lived in a cottage in Lamas.

He was on his last reserve in 1939 when the Second World War started and was assigned to Liverpool until 1945.

After the war he went back to being a postman in Aylsham and retired aged 64.

He died from cancer aged 76.

The 1st Buxton Lamas Sea Scout Group was set up in 1914 after most of the men left to serve in the First World War as locals were concerned that local young people would miss out on learning valuable skills.

Former group scout leader, Vereen Marcer, said: “The scout troop was started by Maud and Margaret Goodwin, daughters of the vicar, when the village men enlisted to fight in the Great War so that they could be taught signalling, first aid and many other skills to fill the gap left by the departing men.

“We are very excited to have reached this important milestone.”

And for one family it will be extra special as two members, 12-year-old Jacob Wheal, a sea scout, and his seven-year-old brother Charlie, a beaver scout, are the great great grandsons of Redvers Yaxley - one of the original 1914 scouts.

Now the group is celebrating its centenary and has put on a display of local archive material, photographs and memorabilia of the village and of Buxton Lamas scouting during the last century.

There will be tea and cakes, provided by the Buxton Women’s’ Institute, and an original trek cart like the one the scouts used to pull to camp in Cromer with all their gear on board in the 1920s.

The group is also on the hunt for past leaders and members to attend.

The free event takes place on August 23 and 24, from 10am to 4pm, at the Buxton Lamas scout headquarters at Balay Park, Aylsham Road, Buxton.

If you have any photos, memorabilia or memories contact Roy or Val Spinks on 01603 278247 or email valsp1@btinternet.com or contact Mrs Marcer on 01603 279457 or email vereen.marcer@btinternet.com.

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