Flemming T – 1936
BB Gazette Vol.44 No.7 – The Boys’ Brigade Cross for Heroism has been awarded to Private Thomas Fleming, aged 15, of the 1st Falkirk Company, for saving a child from drowning in the canal at Falkirk on the 6th of September, 1935. Fleming was in his home, the house of the lock-keeper, when he heard cries that a child had fallen into the canal. He rushed out and saw a small Boy of 5 struggling helplessly in deep water. Although he could only swim a little, he at once jumped into the canal and seized the drowning child. Without any assistance he succeeded in overcoming the strong flow around the lock-gate, and ultimately reached shallower water and safety.
This account has been complied using records held in The Boys’ Brigade Archive Collection, local and national newspaper archives and other sources. If there are any omissions or errors we sincerely apologise, and request that you come forward with this information, so that this can be corrected.