46th Company Boys Brigade
Plaque to Tom Curr
"This tree is at the bottom of the
field at Lilliesleaf where the 46th Coy Boys Brigade camped every
summer during the Edinburgh Trades fortnight.
I was proud to be a member of the band
of BBs who camped there from 1953 'till 1958. It was on one of
those camps that the memorial plaque for Tom Curr was put on the
I was a bugler with the Company then,
and played the Last Post during the ceremony of unveiling.
"Willie Johnson was the Captain at
that time, with Danny Croall and Jimmy Couper being Officers in
the Company also."
You'll notice that the other three
plaques in the photograph are for them. I played the Last Post
together with an ex-member (Walker?) for Danny Croall's plaque
The site has great memories for
'legions' of boys and young men who were members of the 46th BB.
All the boys in our street - Heriothill Terrace - and area were
members and we had some great times."
Dublin Street Baptist Church
"We came under the auspices of Dublin
Street Baptist Church, but we all came from different
denominations and nobody cared.
We paraded at the Canonmills Primary
School on a Friday evening and met at the Church Hall in
Canonmills (now the Dublin Street Baptist Church) for football
training and other activities during the week. There was always
something to do.
The Company used to have a very active
Ex-Members Association, which is the group that apparently still
camps there from time to time."
"Lots of names conjure up in one's
mind; lots of great memories of a time when we were all
innocent lads, with no thought but to enjoy ourselves and take
advantage of the activities and parades which were offered at no
The BBs was a
great organisation. It helped thousands of boys to become
responsible and caring adults who fitted into all walks of life.
I still know the Object of the Boys Brigade to this day:
The Object of the Boys Brigade
- the Advancement of Christ's
Kingdom among Boys
the Promotion of habits, of
Obedience, Discipline and Self Respect and all that tends
towards a True Christian Manliness.
A Great Legacy
"Like thousands of others who came in
contact with the likes of Tom Curr, Willie Johnson and other
Officers of the Boys Brigade, we have been given a great legacy,
such a shame that organisations such as this seem to be struggling
to survive. Today's generation just don't know what they are
Hopefully there are other ex-members
of the 46th who will read this, and
like me it will bring a tear to their
Les Braby, Borders, Scotland: May 17, 2015