The Boys’ Brigade

Extracting from the Kent & Sussex Courier of 25 Oct 1907 we learn that the beginning of the Boys’ Brigade was in 1883 in Glasgow and it was an institution that was working against hooliganism with extraordinary success. The objects of the Boys’ Brigade were to combat the terrible evil of boys lounging about the streets, smoking, and getting into bad company, and to make them creditable citizens. The movement was supported by members of all religious dominations, who were animated by those common principles of Christianity which united them. The organization still exists today. The adventure begins here.

Kent & Sussex Courier 02 September 1932Kent & Sussex Courier 02 Sep 1932

Boys who desired good comradeship and an opportunity to take part in soccer, gym, swimming, cricket, etc., could obtain these by joining the Boys’ Brigade. There were also Boy’s Brigade bands.

Kent & Sussex Courier 29 June 1934Kent & Sussex Courier 29 Jun 1934

Charles Albert Cheshire, born 8 Apr 1890 at Hastings, Sussex married our 3rd cousin 2x removed Lucy Margaret Philpott in 1915 at Hastings. Charles was a Captain in the 1st Hastings Company of the Boys’ Brigade. He is likely pictured in the groups below. He seems to have been associated with the Brigade at least between 1927 and 1940.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer 26 January 1946Hastings and St Leonards Observer 26 Jan 1946

Hastings and St Leonards Observer 26 August 1939.jpegHastings and St Leonards Observer 26 August 1939

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