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Heroes of The Boys’ Brigade

Thursday 8th November 2018

There isn’t a community in the country which wasn’t affected by the events of the First World War.  The same is true for churches and organisations, including The Boys’ Brigade.

As we look to Remembrance Sunday and commemorative events throughout the UK and beyond, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices given by BB members in the World Wars and in other conflicts.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award for gallantry and is awarded for courage "in the presence of the enemy" to members of the British Armed Forces.  Amongst the total 628 VCs awarded during the Great War (WW1), 12 were awarded to former members of The Boys’ Brigade.

One particular recipient’s (Edgar Kinghorn Myles) citation reads:

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers except two had become casualties, he, for five hours, inspired confidence in the defence against two counter-attacks and sent back most accurate and valuable reports of the situation. His courage and fine example were largely responsible for the steadiness of all ranks under him."

Details about each of the VC recipients are included in a new version of the book ‘Heroes of The Boys' Brigade ’.   Printed  copies of the book will be available to purchase from the Heritage Society at http://heritagesociety.boys-brigade.org.uk

This Sunday current members of The Boys’ Brigade will participate in acts of remembrance across the UK, including at the Cenotaph in London, where 80 young people from 12 BB companies will join the parade.

 

How is your section, company or battalion marking Remembrance?  Share your photos, videos, stories and more by emailing newsdesk@boys-brigade.org.uk or tweeting @theboysbrigade

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