Hubert S. Martin

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Hubert S. Martin
Director, Boy Scouts International Bureau
In office
1920 – 11 February 1938
Succeeded by J. S. Wilson

Hubert Stanley Martin CVO CBE (1879 – 17 November 1938) was a British diplomat, an early Scouting leader, The Boy Scouts Association's International Commissioner and the first director of the Boy Scouts International Bureau in 1920, a position he held until his death.

Life and career[edit]

Martin joined the British Foreign Office in 1898, serving as a King's messenger. He was made Chief Passport Officer in 1916. He was twice appointed to the Order of the British Empire for his service during the Great War, first as an Officer (OBE)[1] in 1918, and then in 1920 as a Commander (CBE).[2]

Martin formed a Scout troop in London in 1909. He later became an official in The Boy Scouts Association. Martin maintained an independence from and, at times, uneasy relationship with Robert Baden-Powell. He was one of The Boy Scouts Association instructors at the first Wood Badge course held at Gilwell Park, from 8 to 19 September 1919. In 1920, while serving as The Boy Scout Association's International Commissioner, Martin also became the first director of the Boy Scouts International Bureau. The Bureau was established at 25, Buckingham Palace Road, London, and Martin was initially appointed as Honorary Director.

In late 1923, Martin verified the French Scouting camp schools of Cappy and Chamarande.

Martin was appointed a CVO in 1934.[3]

In 1937, Martin was awarded the Boy Scouts International Committee's third Bronze Wolf for exceptional services to world Scouting.[4]


  • Scouting in Other Lands, 1926

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 30460". The London Gazette. 7 January 1918. p. 382. 
  2. ^ "No. 34056". The London Gazette. 4 Jun 1934. p. 3561. 
  3. ^ "No. 31840". The London Gazette. 30 March 1920. p. 3769. 
  4. ^ complete list

External links[edit]


  • Scouting Round the World, John S. Wilson, first edition, Blandford Press (1959) pg. 203.
World Organization of the Scout Movement
New title Boy Scouts International Bureau Director
1920 – 1938
Succeeded by
J. S. Wilson