history of the BB in Glasgow
photos and memories preserved on
GlescaPals for future generations.
1906 - 2001
tribute to a great servant of the Boys'
Brigade, the community
and to the youth of Glasgow's east-end.
In 1996 Bobby Bryson, aged 90,
was the oldest Boys' Brigade officer in
The Dennistoun Glasgow pensioner's life
spanned the history of the BB and he was
given a royal salute for his
| In February 1996 a special dinner
was arranged in his honour by BB companies
throughout the city and he was presented
with a 'This is your life' book and a telegram from
BB boys Barrie McColm, John
Archie Ferguson & Steven Murray
salute a proud Bobby Bryson
| Bobby was born
in 1906 and was the only surviving BB member
the funeral of Sir
William Smith, the founder of the
Bobby said at the dinner " It is true that
the Boys' Brigade has been my life.
Over the past few years the youngsters have
kept me young in mind and heart - if not
Guests from all over Britain travelled to
Glasgow's east-end for the tribute.
In 1934 Bob was asked to help run the 107th
company which was attached to Bridgeton West
he took up the challenge and six years later
he joined the 177th company. He later became
Captain of two BB companies and has been
credited with saving several other BB
companies throughout Glasgow.
Bob Bryson was a legend in the Boys' Brigade and
an example to us all, our motto 'Sure &
Stedfast' is a good description of Bob's service
to the BB.
|| Bobby as a
young boy in
the BB, the 61st Glasgow.
The famous pillbox
hat.......they were murder to clean,
remember having to whiten those narrow white
bands and polishing your company number?
Then the white haversack with the silver
buckle and metal button which also had to be
gleaming! Brasso and duraglit made a fortune
in those days.
| Anyone have any more photos or
stories about Bob, please get in touch.
gratefully received towards the running
A lifetime honour
and timeless photographs on the web