Mr. John (Joe) Edward Curd
(1873? - 1964)
Ninety-one-year-old Mr. Curd died at his home in Wallbutton-road, Brockley. He had been scoutmaster of the 1st New Cross Group since 1909, the longest serving scoutmaster in the whole history of scouting.
Scouting's Peter Pan began his work a year after Lord Baden-Powell formed the movement. His New Cross Group, one of the first four in existence, held their initial meetings at a greenhouse in the garden of a house in Kender-street, New Cross.
Gradually, and largely due to the efforts of Mr. Curd, the scouts of New Cross went on to greater things. He attended every scout summer camp from 1909 until 1956, when his doctor insisted that a man of 84 should no longer camp under canvas or wear shorts.