Bernard Archer remembered


One┬ámonth ago we said ‘bye for now’ to our Group Chairman, Bernard Archer.

His contribution to our Group was well recognised, from keeping the Wolf Cub Pack running as a teenager in the Second World War, and being instrumental in building our current HQ, to designing the badge for our centenary celebrations.

centenary badge

But perhaps the one thing he will be most remembered for is his popular campfire song, “Woman in a Church Yard” – Camp Fires will just not be the same without his rendition!

Woman in a church yard sat,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
She was short and very fat,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
Saw three corpses carried in,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
They were tall and very thin,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
Their heads dropped off,
and the eyes fell out,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
Worms crawled in,
And worms crawled out,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
Woman to the corpses said,
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
“Will I be like you when I’m dead?”
oo-OO-oo-OO, ah-Ah-ah-Ah,
Corpses to the woman said,


It was very fitting, for someone who gave so much of his time to the Group, and to local Scouting, that there were so many representatives from all Groups across the District (in full uniform, of course!), and a large number of our Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts who all wanted to be in attendance – and formed a guard of honour at the church entrance.

Thank you to you all, every one of us were proud you could make such a wonderful gesture on what was a very emotional day.

If one individual could epitomise all the 6th Harrow strives to achieve, it is Bernard. He will be sorely missed by us all, and still inspires us to “keep up the good work!”.


Bernard Frank Archer, 10th September 1927 – 2nd February 2015



Bernard Archer remembered — 1 Comment

  1. Thank you to all our Scouting friends for helping to give Dad such a good send-off. It was great to have so many of you there. The flowers were beautiful, and the guard of honour from the 6th was outstanding – a fitting tribute. Dad would have been very touched, and very proud. Thank you.

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