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       209th Glasgow BB

Church :  Rockcliffe Church, Rockcliffe Street, Glasgow S.E.               


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209th Glasgow
Company, the Boys Brigade was formed 24 March 1924 attached to Rockcliffe UF Church

In session 1929-1930 the company's church changed to Rockcliffe Church
In session 1972-1973 the company closed

Rockcliffe Church, Rockcliffe Street, Bridgeton Glasgow


209th Boys' Brigade,
Recruit's Application Form

Dated 14 Sept 1951

James Blackburn aged 12, 
11 Webster St., Dalmarnock


209th BB

.          209th BB Glasgow at their annual camp.  If you have any info about these photos please contact the Webmaister.

209th BB

Mar.2008 Extract from messageboard, 'GlescaPal Ronnie', London, England
Did I previously get this one to you? My wife, Jessie, being a Blackburn, is almost certain that she is related to this gentleman, who like her grandfather was born in the same vicinity of Dalmarnock.

April 2010 Extract from messageboard, 'GlescaPal, Jador' , 67yrs old, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
The 209th BB was out of Rockcliffe Church, in Bridgeton, but, we met in Strathclyde School.
In my time the Captain was Alec. Johnson and the officers were Jimmy McConchie, Donald Ellis, Hughie MacIntosh, Rab McConnell, Jim Cree and Tommy Martin at various times.
We had the only bugle band in Glasgow that the first row in the band played Irish or Trumpet bugles. One time we had a battalion gathering at Hampden Park. Played all the way there, all the way back and when H.Q. saw our trumpet/bugles they put us at the front of the massed band. Jaws were aching for days.
Camps we went to were Bridlington [2], Ilfracombe, Port Rush, St. Ives. Always stayed in church halls, no tents for us.
The 209th always had good football teams and even had an ex - 209 Old Boys play in one of the Glasgow amateur leagues.
The length of names I can remember is too long for here,but will mention a few. Tom Hillcoat, Billy Fox, Jim McAvoy, Ronnie McDade, the McNishes (John & Jim) Hugh Dougan, Andy Dorman, Sammy McTaggart.
Lots of great memories. Ministers at the kirk were the Rev. McLennan (with his fag ash always on the point of falling off) and the rev. Blair (aka Yogi)


March 2013 extract from email Tommy Martin, Scotland                                             
Saw 'GlescaPal 'Jador's message re 209BB Staff (2010), could you please contact him and let him know that Joe Bovill, Rab McConnell, Jim Cree and yours truly are still on the go and would like to get in touch.
July 2016,  email, GlescaPal Jim Turnbull, Age 63, East Kilbride
This was my Lifeboy company.

Nov. 2016,  email, John Marshall, Age 70, Glasgow, Scotland                                       
Hello, I enjoyed seeing all the old photos of the camps I went to and also I was a member of the Band in the 1950's - 1960's would love to hear from any of you to catch up, John                                                                                                                                                                             
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April 2019 Ann Butters - Brigton Pals facebook
This is the 209th BB held in Rockcliffe Church, anyone recognise themselves or see anyone you know? My father, Alex Johnston was the captain

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