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Eric White

Henson Appleby

District Commissioner - Gravesham District 

Eric White

It is with great sadness I have to report the passing of Eric White who died on the 26th May just under two months shy of his 96th Birthday. Eric was the oldest member of our District and had been involved in Scouting pretty much all his life. He will be particularly remembered for the significant part he played in Hillcraft and for just being a good, all round, nice guy. He held the Chief Scouts 70 year long service award along with the Silver Wolf for Services to Scouting. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this sad time and I will let you know as and when any arrangements are able to be made to both commemorate & celebrate his astounding life.

Funeral Arrangements

Eric’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 10th June 2020 at Thames View Crematorium and Cemetery, Gravesend Road, Chalk, Gravesend, Kent. DA12 3JH.

The service itself will be at 12.00, but due to the current coronavirus situation, will not be open to anyone other than a small group of family and friends. It is the family’s intention to hold a Memorial Service at some time in the future when the current restrictions have been lifted.

Guard of Honour

The crematorium has given us permission to form a guard of honour, along the approach road to the crematorium building, so long as we observe social distancing protocol. To that end, if you wish to attend, please do so, in full uniform arriving at 11.40 precisely NO LATER & NO EARLIER please!! There will be other ceremonies in progress so we have been asked to minimise congestion by not arriving too early.

Once the hearse has passed through and the Parade Marshall has dismissed you all, would you please leave the crematorium grounds promptly.


The family have asked that no flowers be sent. Donations can be made to “Holywell Residents”, the home which looked after Eric for his last few years. They intend to provide something for the residents to use in the gardens.

Donations should be made to: Holywell Park Limited Sort Code Number: 16-25-16 Account Number: 10037073 Reference: Eric White

Please make sure you use the correct reference so the home are able to tell the family how much has been raised and to what use the money has been put.

If you have any queries or concerns, please email me:

Henson Appleby

District Commissioner - Gravesham District 


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