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  32nd Glasgow Boys Brigade, Anderston




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32th Glasgow
Company, the Boys Brigade was formed 17 May 1886 and was attached to Piccadilly Mission Wellington Church

In session 1932-1933 the company church changed to Wellington Church Anderston Congregation

In session 1938-1939 the company church changed to Wellington Church

In session 1950-1951 the company church changed to St.Mark's Lancefield Church

In session 1962-1963 the company closed and had a union with the 17th Glasgow

In session 1990-1991 the company attached to Anderston Parish Church and had Union with 41st Glasgow & 227th Glasgow


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 Street, Glasgow. 
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,

Ewen MacPherson

Nov.2010, extract 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

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