Ernest Albert Smith 1919-1993
My dear Dad, Ernest Albert Smith, was in the 26th Boys’ Brigade from 1932-1936. They had an annual service and reunion at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton In their monthly newsletter they received in later years, they were asked to write about their thoughts on the Boys Brigade. The letter shown here is what my Dad wrote.
Hymn sang by the Boys Brigade at their services
Underneath the banner of the cross arrayed,
Lord! We ask thy blessing,on the boys brigade:
Thou are our commander and thy soldiers,we,
And in Christian warfare,we would honour thee:
In our lowly service,as on drill parade
Duty be the watchword of the Boys Brigade:
Make us ever loyal, small or great the foe:
Lead us,Saviour! lead us
Everywhere we go.
We will fight for laurels,that will never fade:
For the Holy City ,march the Boys Brigade:
What we find unholy in our daily life,we will try to conquer,help us in our strife