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Captain Robert Bryson 
Boys' Brigade

1906 - 2001


St.Thomas, Gallowgate, Church

A 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 Scotland.
The Dennistoun Glasgow pensioner's life spanned the history of the BB and he was given a royal salute for his work. 

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 Buckingham Palace.

   BB boys Barrie McColm, John Docherty
         Archie Ferguson & Steven Murray
             salute a proud Bobby Bryson  

Bobby was born in 1906 and was the only surviving BB member who attended
the funeral of Sir William Smith, the founder of the movement.

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 body
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 Church,
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.

Bobby Bryson continued page 2



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