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Anthony Goodfellow

Tony Goodfellow - Queen's Scout

Anthony Goodfellow was born in Rushden in 1947. He attended South End primary school, and then moved to Rushden Secondary Modern School for Boys. He excelled in sport and also joined the Scouts where he gained his badges and and qualified to be a leader.

Some of the certificates he gained are shown below:-

In April 1957 – a badge for the test of being a Guide, was soon followed by:

May 1957 – achieved two badges as a First Aider and Cyclist

October 1857 – gaining the Leaping Wolf Badge

April 1959 – a badge for the test of Fire Fighter

His athleticism gained him certificates at field sports:

July 1959 – 2nd place in the school Junior Relay

Sept 1960 – 3rd in the throwing a Scout Staff.

June 1962 – 1st in the 1 mile Cross Country Race for Senior Scouts and third in 100 yards Running Race, 1st in the 400 yards Running Race.

In May 1963 he successfully completed the Northamptonshire High Peak Adventure course.

one of the badge cerificates
a school sports sertificate
Badge certifcate
School sports certificate
Scout Sports
Scouts Sports - running
Scout Sports - throwing a staff
Scout Sports - race

Queen's Scout
1963 High Peak Aventure
1964 Queen's Scout
Silver D of E
Gold D of E
1964 Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver Standard
1966 Duke of Edinburgh
Award Gold Standard

H F Cubs c1964

Captain Hook’s Crew (alias members of the 1st Higham Ferrers Cub Pack) discover treasure aboard their float in Higham Ferrers Market Day parade. c1964 - Tony was their leader & Captain Hook!

in the HQ
Tony receives a certificate
l-r: Mick Anderson, Don Winters, ?, Bob Corby, Reg Brown, Bill Knott, and in front Ray Corby and Tony Goodfellow
Tony receives a certificate

l-r: Bill Knott, Mick Anderson, ?,
Tony Goodfellow, Ray Corby

In his uniiform and the Royal Anglian Regimental Badge. His passing out parade took place on 22nd May 1970.
He won Best Recruit in his platoon.

In 1970 he after training, he joined the East Anglian Regiment, and he continued to excel in sports.

Army Ski Certificate - 3rd equal in the test run - in Austria and with a moustache
in Belfast
On patrol in Belfast - right of picture

A TRIBUTE TO A SCOUT - Killed in Northern Ireland while serving the Queen.

If you asked him to travel one mile with you, he would willingly travel two, this was the type of Scout that Anthony Goodfellow was, and as his Scout Leader and friend for many years, it is fitting that I should write these words to pay tribute to a Queen's Scout, and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder.

I, with many others of this District and St. Mary's Scouts and what was, in his day, Senior Scouts, had the privilege to know Tony as a Scout, Senior Scout and Assistant Cub Scout Leader.

The many camps he attended with me and others of the Movement, were memorable, and I can associate memories of him which will stay with me for a very long time, such as wrestling with others to see who was going to be thrown in an icy cold mountain stream at Kanderstag, Switzerland, or building a sledge for racing at Everdon camp, showing his sun-burnt body until it became so red from the sun that he had to put on a T-shirt. Being up to his knees in mud while on reception staff at the second Everdon Camp when the Chief Scout at that time, visited the County Camp, hikes in the Peak District on numerous occasions, or walking in the Berwyns and Snowdonia, or just pitching marquees!

Weekends at Grendon, canoeing or rock climbing, he could cook, make bridges, climb ropes or trees. Knew his First Aid by attending adult courses with St. John's Ambulance Brigade. Life was full of fun for him, he was a great 'get up and go' Scout.

I well remember the difficulties he had in achieving the time standards for Athletics when doing his D. of B. and Queen's Scout awards, and how much effort in training he did for this task. We still have signs on the Nissen hut floor where he dropped his bar weights while doing his weight lifting exercises. I could write a book of the happenings we all got up to in the days of Tony's Scouting. None earned his award more conscientiously than Tony.

To conclude, if one can be so bold, no finer epitaph than B.P.'s last message to Scouts, that our President, Mr G.W. Marriott, likes to read at the St. George's Day Services.

"I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in, your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are a man.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it. 'Be prepared' in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout Promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it. Your friend, Baden-Powell."

(Bill Knott, A.D.C. Scouts.) (Assistant County Comissioner V.S) [extracted from the scout newsletter]

leaving church
at the cemetery
Leaving the church (left) and the
crowd at the cemetery (above)
in the rain
gun salute
watched by many standing in the rain
Gun salute


Dear Mr. & Mrs. Goodfellow,

On behalf of the Association, I wish to thank you for the generous gift of the Silver Cup for Orienteering, as a memorial trophy to your aon Anthony.

I am pleased to inform you that it is the intention that a suitable room in the new Headquarters also be named as a memorial to Anthony. We hope that Anthony's memory will be an inspiration to all scouts of our district as an example of devotion to duty that Anthony followed during his shortened life and out of your personal tragedy, much good may come.

J D Cave Chairman

1975 Letter of acknowledgement of the Cup for Orienteering given by Mr & Mrs Goodfellow to Rushden Scouts

From a Belfast newspaper, in 1975

How a soldiers' death inspires Belfast scouts

WHEN Private Anthony Goodfellow was shot dead, in Londonderry, this year, scouts in his home town of Rushden donated a cup in his memory to the counter­party in Derry.

Now, the first winners of the trophy, the 1st. Portstewart Scouts, have written to Athony's mother, Mrs. Sylvia Goodfelow, of 27 Hall Avenue, Rushden.

Their leader, Mr. Michael Gault, writes that the troop found the orienteering course hard and the competition from the fourteen other Scout troops was also tough.

They were "delighted" to win the Goodfellow Cup he said.

Mr. Gault feels that the death of Anthony on service with the Royal Anglian Regiment has indirectly created a much needed competition for youngsters in this strife-torn area of Britain.

Mr David Baird, F.R.C.S., Scout Commissioner for Londonderry, receives the cup from Mrs Goodfellow, watched by the CO of the Royal Anglian.

The cup is to be presented for orienteering.

Evening Telegraph, 21st August 1980

Tribute to a soldier
Town honours a victim of Ulster

RUSHDEN soldier Anthony Goodfellow who was killed by a sniper while serving in Northern Ireland has been included on the town's war memorial roll of honour.

Mrs Sylvia Goodfellow
Mrs Sylvia Goodfellow
Anthony's name was carved on the memorial this week, at the request of his parents, Mr and Mrs Bill Goodfellow, of Hall Avenue, and members of the town's Royal British Legion.

A special wreath for him will be placed on the memorial during the Legion's Remembrance Day service on November 11.

"I am absolutely delighted that Anthony's name has been added. The cost was shared between the Royal British Legion and us," said his mother, Mrs Sylvia Goodfellow.

Anthony was gunned down by the sniper on April 27, 1973, when he was serving in Londonderry.

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