Beeston Boys' Brigade - Band, about 1925

Boys Brigade Band 1925

Another photograph of the band, again undated but probably from about 1925

Jack Meakin is on the left. He joined in 1920, aged 12, and by the time of the photograph was a Staff Sergeant in charge of the drummers.
4th from the left is John Paling who was lieutenant and in charge of the Buglers.
The photograph was taken to mark their winning the Battalion Cup.

Jack Meakin died in 2008, just two months short of his 100th birthday, but recorded his memories of his time with the Boys Brigade in conversations with his daughters. He spoke of marching to Nottingham to join the Battalion parades and marching back again afterwards; on one of these occasions, he received his "Kings Medal", outside the Council Offices, from the Duchess of Portland, in either 1928 or 1929. He attended camps at Skegness where, from the age of 19, he helped in the cook house. Friends at the time where George Blackshaw and Frank Drinkwater. Frank was the best man when Jack married Ethel Wright at Wollaton Church in 1938. For several years, up to his marriage or the beginning of the war, Jack was a Lieutenant at East Bridgford under the Captaincy of Edward (Ted) Bullers.

Suggestions for other names would be very welcome

Thanks to Janet Carr and Jenny Tudbury, daughters of Jack & Ethel Meakin, for providing the photograph and memories.

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