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hightown boys brigade in 1940-41
hightown boys brigade in 1940-41
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OUR feature on Hightown Boys Brigade on July 15 has travelled the globe!

Brian Cross, who now lives in Australia, rang the Guardian to say he had been sent a copy of the article, which included this photograph of the boys outside their headquarters, Hightown Methodist Church.

He was among the group of lads, along with his two brothers.

We were also contacted by Leonard Holdsworth, who now lives in Eastbourne, but who had seen the article while in Gildersome visiting relatives.

“I believe the photograph was taken in either 1940 or 1941,” said Leonard, who is ninth from the left on the third row.

“We lived at Laurel House, Halifax Road, next to the Brown Cow Inn. My step-father was a hairdresser, Mr Herman Schorah.

“I attended St Barnabas Church and I had to obtain the organist’s signature (Mr Bert Firth) on a card to show that I attended church every Sunday.

“I recognise the NCO, Mr Crossland, who drilled us (10th from the left on the second row), and also Mr Musgrove who was the minister at the Hightown Methodist Church. He conducted my step-father’s funeral in 1958.

“I served in the West Riding Constabulary, Northern Rhodesia Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

“I retired from full-time employment in 1992 and thereafter worked as clerk to the governors of three local schools for 13 years.”