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Robert Baden-Powell

Robert Baden-PowellAKA Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell

Born: 22-Feb-1857
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 8-Jan-1941
Location of death: Nyeri, Kenya
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, St. Peter's Churchyard, Nyeri, Kenya

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Military

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Founder of the Boy Scout movement

Military service: British Army (13th Hussars, India; Boer War; 5th Dragoon Guards India)


[1] Tim Jeal, Baden-Powell (1989), page 103: "The evidence available points inexorably to the conclusion that Baden-Powell was a repressed homosexual." Another incident in the book, pages 92-94, Baden-Powell writes to his friend A.H. Tod about an album of naked boys kept by Tod: "And possibly I might get a further look at those wonderful photographs of yours!" The album in question remained at Charterhouse until it was destroyed in the 1960s.

Father: Baden Powell (professor of geometry Oxford, reverend, d. 1860)
Mother: Henrietta Grace Smyth
Sister: Agnes Baden-Powell (helped to found Girl Guides movement)
Wife: Olave Soames (m. 30-Oct-1912, one son, two daughters)
Son: Peter
Daughter: Heather
Daughter: Betty Clay (VP Scouting movement, awarded CBE in 1997, d. 24-Apr-2004)
Boyfriend: Kenneth McClaren (there is circumstantial evidence to support this)

    High School: Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, England

    Knight of the British Empire 1909
    Silver Buffalo

Author of books:
Pig-Sticking Or Hog-Hunting: A Complete Account For Sportsmen - And Others (1889, nonfiction)
The downfall of Prempeh: A diary of life with the native levy in Ashanti 1895-96 (1896, memoir)
My Adventures as a Spy (1915, memoir)
Memories of India: Recollections of Soldiering and Sport (1915, memoir)
The Piper of Pax: The Life-Story of Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1925, memoir)
Life's Snags and How to Meet Them (1927, self help)



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