Boy Scout founder Lord Baden-Powell executed a POW

Published on December 10th, 2009 | by Admin


Documents which suggest that Baden-Powell, better known for founding the Boy Scouts, illegally executed a prisoner of war have been sold at auction.

Papers relating to the Second Matabele War in 1896 say Baden-Powell, then a Colonel in the British Army, ordered the shooting of an African chief.

The chief, Uwini, had been promised his life would be spared if he surrendered.

The papers reached double their expected price at auction in South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

An inquiry at the time of the conflict into the affair exonerated Baden-Powell.

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