Boys’ contribution

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As the country marks the centenary of the First World War, the Boys’ Brigade is reflecting on the contribution of its members.

Looking back, it is perhaps surprising to learn that within the first year of the Great War, 100,000 officers and ex-members joined the armed forces to serve our country.

Our own records show Boys’ Brigade members and ex-members took on many different, valuable roles such as buglers enlisting to sound the all-clear when air raids were over, offering support at ambulance stations, guarding public infrastructure and helping deliver messages.

Among those who risked their lives, 11 were awarded the Victoria Cross and 93 the Military Cross, among other medals for service.

In honour of our fellow members, ten young people from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have attended the National Commemorative Service for the Centenary of the start of the First World War at Glasgow Cathedral to mark Britain’s involvement in the war.

This is a thought-provoking time and as we celebrate our 130th year I am grateful to all who have come before us and to our current members who continue to contribute so richly to our societies.

Bill Stevenson

The Boys’ Brigade

Carronvale House

Larbert