Roland House

The other person who is commemorated on Stepney Green, not in a memorial, but in the name of a house, is The Honourable Captain Roland Erasmus Phillips, one of the early pioneers of scouting, an aristocratic Wykehamist, second son of Lord St. David, who, after reading law at New College, Oxford, went to work for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company in Liverpool where he met a group of boy scouts and volunteered to help.   In 1912, he transferred to the Union Castle Steamship Company, lived first in Bethnal Green, then Stepney, and was appointed Assistant District Commissioner for the Scouts in East London.   In 1912, he and Stanley Ince instituted the Hackney Lectures on Scout Law, which were massively popular, and in 1914, he published Letters to a Patrol Leader, before enlisting in August 1914 in the Royal Fusiliers   He died on the front on 6th. July 1915 and left his house 29, Stepney Green, now called Roland House, to the scouts of East London:-


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