Boys' Brigade Memorial Garden Dedication of for VC and GC award holders

Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Boys' Brigade Memorial Garden Dedication of for VC and GC award holders


Dear Friends


The Boys’ Brigade West Midland District, manages The Boys’ Brigade Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire.


Through the Garden, part of its ongoing commitment to the life and work of the BB past, present and future is to ensure that the garden continually evolves to reflect the celebration of historical and present day occasions.


With this in mind, the Garden is to commemorate those former BB members throughout the UK who have been awarded either the VC or in one case the George Cross.


The first BB Award was made during the Anglo-Boer War, with subsequent Awards during both the First and Second World Wars.


The Garden has commissioned paviours (bricks) which have been engraved with the name of the Award holder and the Company number and name.


A special Ceremony will be taking place at the BB Garden on Saturday 21st May 2016 at 2 pm at which the Brigade President, The Reverend the Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, will dedicate the paviours to the memory of these brave Boys. This will last for approx. 30 mins, followed by an opportunity to meet with past and present members of the Brigade, as well as hopefully representatives of the families and/or Companies of the former BB members who have been awarded the VC or GC.


It would be a privilege and indeed and honour if family/friends and/or Company representatives could join us for the occasion, but locating them is not quite so easy.


This letter is being sent to Battalions of which the Company is or may have been part; local Companies that are still open and to some Churches where the BB Company may once have been part of. Also, it is being sent to several Districts across the UK.


The purpose of this letter is to try and reach those families/Companies and ask them to come along to the Dedication Ceremony. However, we do not have funds to be able to pay expenses for those coming along and we are only sorry that we cannot meet these expenses.


It may be that distance and expense prevents representatives coming along, but we would truly welcome any messages or greetings that may be sent and we will include in the Ceremony the reading of any such messages or greetings.


Listed below are those former BB members from Edinburgh who have been awarded the VC:


Boer War

  • Donald Farmer, 12th Edinburgh


World War 2

  • Thomas Hunter, 67th Edinburgh – Thomas Hunter’s name also appears on the VC plaque in the centre of the Commando Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum


It is indeed a privilege to be able to honour our former BB members in this way and we sincerely hope that we can successfully make contact with family members and/or Companies or Battalions.


Please, therefore if you are able to pass this letter on, we would really appreciate it.


With kind regards


Sue Hoddinott

Member of BB Memorial Garden Steering Group



Donald Farmer and Thomas Hunter