Longest serving scout passed away after 92 years behind the woggle

October 5, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

The world’s longest serving scout and war veteran has died aged 99 – after more than nine decades wearing a woggle.

Vic Viner joined the Dorking Scouts in 1925 when he was eight years old and spent 92 years with the group.

Cub Scout Elliott Rice, aged eight, presenting the 90-year-badge to Vic Viner (L)

Cub Scout Elliott Rice, aged eight, presenting the 90-year-badge to Vic Viner (L)

As well as becoming president of the organisation Vic received a congratulatory letter from chief scout Bear Grylls to thank him for 90 years of service.

Vic was also one of the last remaining survivors of the Royal Navy Dunkirk rescue team, Operation Dynamo in World War Two.

Vic Viner in the Royal Navy.

Vic Viner in the Royal Navy.

His son Mike Viner said: “As a leading seaman, aged 23, he spent six days and six nights under heavy bombardment on the beach, marshalling troops off the sands and onto the flotilla of little ships.”

Vic spoke to young scouts about his experience of war.

Vic Viner with the Dorking Scouts=

Vic Viner with the Dorking Scouts=

Mike said: “He was very keen for people to remember and to understand what happened.

“The impact was profound – they listened attentively, learnt a great deal and developed huge respect and affection for Vic.”

Vic, who was born in Kent in 1917, died September 29 2016.

He was president of 1st Dorking Scout Group and remained active within the group until very recently, attending meetings and visits.

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