Boys Brigade 32nd
Colour Party of the 32nd Glasgow
on the steps of Wellington Church,
University Avenue, 1936.
The Officer carrying the
King’s Colour is Tom Ewing,
and carrying the Company Colour
is Andrew McPherson.
Andrew McPherson, son of the Glasgow
Battalion Secretary, served with Bomber Command during the Second
World War and was the first person to be awarded the DFC
(Distinguished Flying Cross); shortly after receiving the award he
was killed when his aircraft was shot down over Holland...
Nov.2010, extract from email, Ewan
MacPherson, trustee of the Clan MacPherson Museum, Newtonmore.
I am a Trustee of the Clan Macpherson Museum, Newtonmore - a
Registered Scottish Charity and have special voluntary
responsibility for looking after the exhibits and displays.
I am at present researching Flying Officer Andrew McPherson, DFC
who was the first person to cross the German frontier in WWII - on
the 3 September 1939. He was the awarded the DFC for his action His
father was the full-time secretary of the Boys Brigade HQ in Bath
I would be most grateful if I could have permission to use the
photograph shown under 'Boys Brigade 32nd Anderston' of Andrew
McPherson in 1936 in our museum exhibit and also in our clan
magazine 'Creag Dhubh', please.
Your website would of course be acknowledged.
With kind regards,
from email, John Cooper
the photograph of the 32nd Glasgow Boys' Brigade Company Colour
Party on the steps of Wellington Church (1936) which features Andrew
McPherson. I was aware that Andrew was the son of the Battalion
Secretary, and that he was the first, certainly of Bomber Command,
if not the RAF, to be awarded the DFC during the Second World War...
I think he was awarded the medal for carrying out a mission at the
very beginning of the war in September 1939 (?). If I recall
correctly he was killed when the Blenheim bomber he was flying was
shot down in May 1940 - I am pretty sure that Pilot
Officer McPherson and some of his crew lie buried in Heverlee
Cemetery, Holland.... Hope this info is correct.
Sergeants of the 32nd Glasgow
taken in 1892
Page 2 ....See 1892 Boys Brigade
Flute Band and 1983 BB Brass Band
|By kind permission of
John N Cooper
Part of the Story
A CONCISE HISTORY of THE BOYS’ BRIGADE
ANDERSTON DISTRICT of GLASGOW