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 Betty St. Clair <I>Baden-Powell</I> Clay

Betty St. Clair Baden-Powell Clay

Death 24 Apr 2004 (aged 87)
Wincanton, South Somerset District, Somerset, England
Burial North Cheriton, South Somerset District, Somerset, England
Memorial ID 184937709 · View Source
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younger daughter of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting and Olave Baden-Powell. She was the sister of Peter Baden-Powell; the aunt of Robert Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron Baden-Powell, and Michael Baden-Powell; the niece of Agnes Baden-Powell, Baden Baden-Powell; niece and goddaughter of Warington Baden-Powell; and granddaughter of Baden Powell.

Betty enrolled in the Brownies as soon as she was old enough. She was educated at Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire and St James' School in Malvern, Worcestershire. While boarding at St James' School, she joined the school's Girl Guide company

In 1936, on board ship returning from Africa, Betty met Gervas Clay (16 April 1907 – 18 April 2009), a District Commissioner in Her Majesty's Colonial Service in Northern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia), who was returning to England on leave; they married on 24 September 1936. They lived in Northern Rhodesia until retirement. Gervas Clay later became Her Majesty's Resident Commissioner of the Barotseland Protectorate, in which capacity, in 1960, he and his wife entertained Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Gervas and Betty Clay had four children: Gillian, Robin, Nigel, and Crispin.

Betty, Gervas, and Robin Clay were all born on 16 April, sharing the same birthday; Betty's parents also shared a birthday, 22 February, and they, too, had met on board ship. Betty's brother and his wife also shared a birthday.
Upon her marriage in 1936, Betty moved to Northern Rhodesia, where she became a Cub leader for the pack of which her youngest son was a member, when the leader left. She was an active Guider in Northern Rhodesia, eventually becoming Colony Commissioner for Guides. When the Clays returned to England in 1964, Betty continued her involvement. She was President of the South West Region for the Guide Association from 1970-91. In 1978 she was appointed a vice-president of the Guide Association. In 1985 she became a vice-president of the Scout Association.

In 1993, she became only the second person ever to be awarded an honorary Gilwell Wood Badge

She was the holder of the Bronze Wolf from the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and a gold Silver Fish in the form of a brooch from the Guide Association.

In 1997 she was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). She attended many Jamborees, including the 4th World Scout Jamboree and 16th World Scout Jamboree and others between.

She died, aged 87, on 24 April 2004, in Elliscombe House Nursing Home, Elliscombe House, Higher Holton, Wincanton BA9 8EA, United Kingdom where she was recovering following a fall at home. She was cremated in Yeovil Crematorium, and on Wednesday, 5 May 2004, her ashes (and five years later those of her husband Gervas) were buried in the Churchyard of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, North Cheriton. A memorial service was held at Wells Cathedral, Somerset, on Monday, 12 July 2004 at 2:30 p.m. and was well-attended

Children and grandchildren
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857–1941), m. (1912) Olave St Clair Soames (1889–1977)
Arthur Robert Peter Baden-Powell (1913–1962) (later 2nd Baron Baden-Powell), m. (1936) Carine Crause-Boardman
Robert Crause Baden-Powell (b. 1936) (later 3rd Baron Baden-Powell)
David Michael Baden-Powell (b. 1940) (current heir to the title)
Wendy Dorothy Lilian Baden-Powell (b. 1944)
Heather Grace Baden-Powell (1915–1986), m. (1940) John Hall King (1913–2004)
Michael Robert Hall King (1942–1966), who died in the sinking of SS Heraklion
Timothy John King (1946–1995)
Betty St. Clair Baden-Powell (1917–2004), m. (1936) Gervas Charles Robert Clay (1907–2009)
Gillian Clay
Robin Clay
Nigel Clay
Crispin Clay

In addition, when Olave's sister Auriol Davidson (née Soames) died in 1919, Olave and Robert took her three nieces, Christian (1912–1975), Clare (1913–1980), and Yvonne, (1918–1995?), into their family and brought them up as their own children. Feel free to copy anything you want, but an attribution would be courteous.
Robin Clay


The Guiding movement is based on the principles outlined in the Promise and Law. Every Guide makes this promise when she is enrolled. The Promise and Law were renewed in 1994, and on 13 January 2010, the current Promise was unveiled.
I promise to do my best,
To be true to myself, my beliefs, and Canada.
I will take action for a better world
And respect the Guiding Law.

Promise (1994-2010)
I promise to do my best,
To be true to myself, my God/faith and Canada;
I will help others,
And accept the Guiding Law.

The word God or the word faith is chosen according to each girl's own personal convictions.
The Brownie Promise finishes with "And respect the Brownie Law".

Promise (pre-1994)
I promise, on my honour, to do my best:
To do my duty to God, the Queen, and my country,
To help other people at all times,
And to obey the Guide Law.
Spark Promise (current)
I promise to share and be a friend.

Law (current)
The Guiding Law challenges me to:
Be honest and trustworthy
Use my resources wisely
Respect myself and others
Recognize and use my talents and abilities
Protect our common environment
Live with courage and strength
Share in the sisterhood of Guiding.

Law (pre-1994)
A Guide's honour is to be trusted.
A Guide is loyal.
A Guide is useful and helps others.
A Guide is a friend to all and a sister to every Guide.
A Guide is courteous.
A Guide is kind to animals and enjoys the beauty in nature.
A Guide is obedient.
A Guide smiles and sings even under difficulty.
A Guide is thrifty.
A Guide is pure in thought, word, and deed.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 184937709
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Betty St. Clair Baden-Powell Clay (16 Apr 1917–24 Apr 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184937709, citing North Cheriton Cemetery, North Cheriton, South Somerset District, Somerset, England ; Maintained by Rae (contributor 49245920) .