1st A Birmingham Boys' Brigade and 14th Birmingham Girls' Brigade

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The Company began as the 1st Birmingham Boys Life Brigade Company, and arose from a request by two Boys to their Sunday School teacher  - 24 year old Donald Finnemore. 

At the first meeting  on 30th September 1913, there were 18 Boys and 2 Officers.


left to right  -

F Evans, 

A Evans,

Harry Mitchell,

Harry Voice and

A Gardner

People's Chapel ran a branch Sunday School at the Birmingham Education Department school in Smith Street. The department sent a letter to the Church in1919 threatening to cancel the lease because of the bad behaviour of the girls in the Sunday School.

Mabel Finnemore (Donald's sister) was the young 20 year old Sunday school secretary and she decided to start a Girls Life Brigade company to try an help these unruly girls. 

The 14th Birmingham GLB began in March 1919 with its HQ at Smith Street School where it continued to meet until 1939.