Rushden Echo & Argus, 12th January 1934
Scouting Service Recognised - Pioneer in Rushden
Medal of Merit for District Commissioner
District Commissioner F. E. Preston, who organised Rushden’s Boy Scout movement and has for 25 years remained its best friend, has been awarded the Medal of Merit, a Scout honour only bestowed in cases of exceptional service.
The medal was pinned on him after he had dined with scoutmasters of the district, and represents the appreciation of all ranks, from the Chief Scout to the smallest Wolf Cub.
Mr. Preston did not actually establish the first Rushden patrol, but having had some experience of C.L.B. work, was attracted to it in the very earliest days, and was to all intents and purposes the pioneer of scouting in Rushden. That was 25 years ago, and he was Scoutmaster of the Rushden Troop until the Great War came and he joined the Artists’ Rifles.
After the war he was at once appointed District Scoutmaster, and in 1923, when a separate district was formed for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and the surrounding places, he became District Commissioner. Through his zeal numerous troops have been founded in the area, while for the Rushden boys Mr. Preston has spared nothing in time, service and generosity. [part of a longer article]