ON 24 September 1915 a group of boys gathered for a drill practice under the arches at St Mary’s School in Greenfield…
Just a few months later on 8 December the company was officially registered as the 1st Greenfield Boys’ Brigade.
Now one hundred years on, members and officers are coming together to celebrate the centenary of the brigade, which was disbanded in the 1990s.
To mark the landmark occasion, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, November 22 at 10.30am followed by lunch at Greenfield Conservative Club.
The service will feature the ‘laying up’ of the Company Colours, a flag behind which many Boys marched, and an act of remembrance for those who fought in the world wars or are no longer here.
Then the lunch will offer the chance for Old Boys to catch up as well as view a poignant display of hundreds of photographs and memorabilia from the company’s history.
The display has been put together by the ‘Old Boys Association’, set up by Chris Partington three years ago to share memories and renew friendships.
Chris was a member of the 1st Greenfield during the early 1980s as a boy and then as an officer, and today is part of the 5th Halifax Company in Elland with his son Thomas.
He followed in the footsteps of his father David who was captain of the company in the 1980s and his great-uncle Tom who was captain from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Chris said: “Being a member of the 1st Greenfield was the most significant thing about my teenage years. It gave me a sense of purpose, fellowship and friendship and loads of fun.
“The event is important because it is a chance to say ‘thank you’ to all those who served as Officers and Boys, who gave their time to lead and share fellowship.
“As a Methodist Local Preacher I have been asked to preach at the Centenary Service. It will
be an honour and privilege though I know it will be an emotional day.”
Ex-members and officers of the 1st Greenfield Boys Brigade are invited to the Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, November 22 at 10.30am. Please confirm attendance by phoning 07518 752798 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the 1st Greenfield Boys’ Brigade on their website: www.1stgreenfield.org.uk or find them on Facebook.