H.M.S. Rawalpindi was a British armed merchant cruiser, (a converted passenger ship employed as convoy escorts, as patrol vessels, and to enforce a blockade) that was sunk in a surface action against the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau during the first months of the Second World War.
We know the names of some former Scouts and Leaders who were lost with the ship.
Acting Sub Lieutenant (E) Laurence Ernest Bevington 1st Rodbourne Cheney Crew.
Ordinary Signalman Ronald William Brown 18th Acton Group.
Assistant Steward Jack Leadbetter Deep Sea Scout.
Acting Sub Lieutenant Robert Leslie Pallister 2nd Whitley Bay Group.
Ordinary Signalman Edward John (Jack) Williams 2nd Kenton (Captain R.F. Scott Rover Crew) Group.