228th Boys' Brigade Glasgow,
| Status :
Active (as of 2010)
( This is the church I knew this BB from but thanks to GlesgaPals I
have found out that they
originally operated from Newlands East Church
which was just around the corner in London Road. )
Meetings : Church & School halls
Queen Mary Street
I have fond memories of this company, whilst not a member, I
still shared many events with them.
Captain Neil Dunn taught me my first aid badge as we attended classes in his
My company the 175th from Fairbairn Street and our Captain Robert Smart, attended
Whitevaleswimming baths with the 228 lads every week.
|E-mail, 01 Oct. 2021, Andy Masterton, Age 65, Glasgow
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of the last captain of the 228th Boys Brigade company.
Neil Dunn sadly passed away a
few days ago on 29th September 2021. Many young boys who passed through
the company will remember Neil with fondness. He gave decades of
service to the BB and during that time he and the officers impacted on
the lives of boys in Bridgeton.
Andy sad news indeed and I greatly appreciate you getting in touch.
Captain Neil Dunn did indeed impact on many boys' lives through his
leadership in the Boys Brigade
at St.Francis-in-the-East Church, he
gave great service to the Bridgeton community.
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Junior Boys Brigade
for boys aged 5—7 at 6pm
for boys aged 8—10 at 7pm
for boys aged 11—17 at 7.30pm
a meeting where all men are welcome at 7.30pm
Any old 228th boys or officers with photos and stories to tell?
Extract from e-mail, May.2004, John Miliken
I note from your excellent website that the 228th Boys Brigade Company / St
Francis in the East Church at Queen Mary Street is missing from your list ! Any
particular reason for this omission.
Webmaister:- John absolutely no reason other than I have not been sent
anything on them. I have fond memories of beating the 228 at football on the
Glasgow Green! Capt Neil Dunn etc etc They have got a wee mention have a look at
Whitevale Street baths I
hope John you can address the gap and send me some info/ photos on the 228th BB
a great company that lasted for a long time whilst other BB companies were
Extract from e-mail, May.2004, John Miliken
Dear Webmaister, thank you for your reply, i will try and get some more info about
the 228 to you. I don't suppose you'll have many memories about beating the 228
on the Glasgow Green, as far as i can remember we were the top team in the East
End, lol .
Extract from e-mail, June 2004, Richard
Hi Webmaister, you might be interested to know that I was a member of the 228th
when it belonged to
Newlands East Church on London Rd.
The church was between Frazer St. and Stamford St. Moore's fruit shop was on one
side and Dr. Stirling had his place on the other side. The minister was Rev.
John McKechnie. The church was demolished and Mr. McKechnie went to Aberdeen
University to teach. I actually met him on the Empress of Canada in 1967. Like
myself, he was emigrating to Canada. He was 70 years of age and couldn't face
the mandatory retirement being forced on him.
The Captain of the B.B. was Andy Leitch and I know for a fact the one of the
officers ( Jack Paully ) was living in Mount Vernon a couple of years ago. He
married an officer in the Life Boys, the gorgeous Lillian Wales.
I have a photograph somewhere of the 228 BB entering Newlands Church
during a Sunday Parade.
I have great memories of our camping holidays to Bangor
in Ireland and Millport. Everyone wanted to be part of the advance party which
left earlier to get the tents pitched. Nobody was too keen to get appointed to
dig the latrines.
I'm sure there are others out there who have similar memories of their days in
the 228. John Bones , Kenny Anderson and the Finnie brothers. I believe the
older Finnie, Alex, went on to be high up in the Glasgow Police Force. Great
Extract from e-mail, Aug 2006, Richard
Hello Webmaister, back in 2004 I wrote that the 228
BB originally belonged to Newlands East Church on London Rd.
Enclosed is the photograph I mentioned, with the 228 entering the church.
When you look at all the kids in the photo, keep in mind that the photo
would have been taken around 11 a.m. on a Sunday. Some of the wee faces look
as though they hadn't been washed since the previous Sunday. I can't put an
exact date on the photo but I would guess it to be 1948.
I'm on the extreme left of the photo and in front of me, with the fancy cap,
is Kenny Anderson, next to Kenny is Sammy Roy. By coincidence all of us now
live in Canada, I am in touch with the Andersons who live in Niagara Falls.
A photo of the 228th Boys Brigade company marching into
Newlands East Church in London Road where they were based..
A proud looking BB Captain Andy Leitch is captured on film leading the boys into
church through the gates and the boys can be seen wearing the standard uniform
of that time i.e. pillbox hat, white haversack, leather belt and jacket, shirt &
tie. The boy at the front left wearing the 'fancy' hat is a staff sergeant, his
hat is skipped and he also wears a leather belt across his white haversack.
Also interesting to see the cobbles in London Road these were later covered or
removed in and around Glasgow and a tarmacadem road surface laid.
Church services started at 11.00am and the uniformed organisation parades
normally took place once a month ... plenty of weans in the street for that time
in the morning..... take a walk around this area nowadays at 11.00 am on a
Sunday morning and you'll hardly see a soul ........... a great photograph
Richard........ regards, Webmaister
See photograph of Newlands East
Church on London Road
|August 2004, Extract from email,
John Paton, Australia,
"..............my church closed down in 1967 then I went to St
Francis in the east church where I joined the 228th BB being
captained by Neil Dunn who as you said was a top bloke I was there till
1970 and it was one of the best times in my life...
October 2006, Extract from
messageboard, GlescaPal Ronnie, London
This lovely wee painting by Tommy McGibbon and dated 1935 was
given tae me by Charlie McDonald oan him and Maureen's visit tae London
aboot two years ago. Noo. And listen tae this.
I was luikin at the
Webmaisters excellent BB site when I came tae a picture of "the 228 Boys
Brigade entering Newlands Church in the London Road".
Which was directly opposite the building in this painting. Check oot
then the paneled ootside door in the photograph, which is exactly similar
tae the one in the painting.
I kin clearly remember the the wet fish shope
in the picture, and the wee lane aside it that took ye through tae the 'Herry
Ham'. And wasn't the paper shope in the fifties owned by a guy caud Tommy
O'Neil. Check oot the photograph .......
Email from James McGibbon, Glasgow. Age 65
Hello Wull, I by chance clicked on the link for BB on the
email from Richard Evans June 2004 and was pleasantly surprised to see
the painting by T McGibbon. Tommy was my uncle.
My granda lived on the
top floor of the little building his name was Robert McGibbon formerly
McKibbin. You walked up the lane at the fish shop to the back and then
walked up the wooden stairs to the house. I still have a photo of my
cousin Mary on her bike at the bottom of the stairs. The large red
sandstone building to the left was called the Gents.
They had their own
steamies in the back court. My auntie Jean Morrison nee Graham worked
in the fish shop when it became a fishmongerers some time later. My
uncle Tommy as well as being an artist was known for his portraits of
King Billy made from different colors of silver paper. Best Wishes, Jimmy
McGibbon was buried in Janefield Cemetery on 13 May 1938 aged 35. He
was the last to be buried in the McKibbin plot in which eight were
buried. The first being Robert McKibbin aged 01on 21 December 1874.
email March 2018 Tam McCann, Glasgow
Received an email from my pal, with an extract from the Glasgow Eastern Standard newspaper from 1951
hoped that what is believed to be the only Boys' Brigade flute band in
Scotland will make its first public appearance in Bridgeton during the
next few weeks.
It will belong to the 255th
Company, attached to St.Francis-in-the-East Church, Bridgeton.
The company's commanding
officer, Capt. Bill Whitington is the driving force behind the new
He has bought 16 flutes and is
teaching his boys how to play them. The band will also have two side
drums and a big drum.
Capt. Whittington who lives in
Queen Mary Street, Bridgeton, is hoping that his new band will be ready
to attend their first church parade soon.
The 255th Company which have
weekly outings to the coast and country, are going to Scarborough for
their annual camp this summer.
Capt. Whittington has a list of annual camps arranged for between now and 1960."
Webmaister: I was interested to read the BB company number was the 255th for when I knew this BB company in the 1960s they were the 228th.
(I assume there must have been an amalgamation and the number changed)