Gone Home – John Ineson (former Scout Master)

Date: 14th Mar 2024 Author: Paul Snelling

I am very sad indeed to pass on the news of the death of my great friend in Scouting John Ineson (former Scout Master & District Commissioner). John was 91 years old. He joined Suffolk Scouting aged 16 remaining in the County for the rest of his life.

He was a Rover Scout and then a Scout Master in Bures, Suffolk. After leaving his position of Scout Master – he took up the post of Sudbury District Commissioner. He was one of the first to arrange for his Group to go to camp on an international air flight to Austria for their Summer Camp.

He was a early early member of the Scout & Guide Stamp Club becoming it’s President and very well known internationally. He was a Silver Wolf (Award in Scouting) and an International Commissioner – very active in the return of Hungary to the Scouting family after fall of communism.

John Ineson (Scout Master) in 1955.

He helped found the Mafeking Museum and was responsible for the campaign to provide a headstone for the grave of Sergeant Major Warner Goodyear, the only Mafeking Cadet B.P. even named. (Warner Goodyear appeared on a Mafeking ‘Blue’ stamp). John without question had one of the best and widest collections of Scouting items ever assembled including pottery, stamps, postcards, cigarette cards, Baden-Powell artefacts and letters etc.

He was a personal friend of many members of the Baden-Powell family and most generous with his time and encouragement to all with a quest for knowledge. Our thoughts are with his wife Diane and family. He will be most sadly missed.

Paul Snelling
Scout Leader

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls