Thursday, 23 April 2015

Soldiers' letters fascinate Boys' Brigade members


An exciting visit to the Boys’ Brigade in Redruth, which meets in the Methodist Chapel where 100 years ago the Redruth Wesleyan Bible Class met: 150 young men signed up to fight from this class. Letters written back by them to their leader, Harry Rich, are held by the County Records Office Truro, which kindly lent them to the Heart of Conflict exhibition at the Cornish Studies Library, Redruth in February.

Boys and girls can now join the Boys’ Brigade. They handled objects from Valerie Grigg’s collection and read the letters. They are keen to do more. One boy said that when they went on their monthly parade, he would now look out for the names on the War Memorial by the Chapel door.

We are grateful to Carole Holmes, Methodist Minister in Redruth, and Mike Semmens, Boys' Brigade Leader, for their help in arranging this.