Henshall S – 1915

BB Gazette – The Brigade Executive have awarded the Cross for Heroism to Private Sidney Henshall, 8th Nottingham Company, for rescuing a child from drowning in the river Trent, Beeston, on 12th June, 1915.

Beeston Gazette and Echo, 19th June 1915 – How a seven year old boy was saved from almost certain death at Beeston Weir on Saturday last by the cool courage of another boy is described by Mrs Ward. About 11 o’clock in the morning childish screams attracted attention to the river, and it was observed that a little boy who had been paddling on the ‘beach’ where the canal and Trent meet, had got out of his depth, and, caught by the stream, was being whirled round and round in the water like a cork.

Sidney Henshall, who is 14 years of age, without a moments hesitation, waded in, fully clothed, clutched the drowning child, and would himself have been carried away had not the lady who was with him caught his hand. The little boy had lost consciousness, but Ex-Sergeant Ward promptly set to work to restore respiration. After ten minutes his efforts were crowned with success.

Boys Brigade Cross for Heroism

Media Files



Share This

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.


Heritage -
Newsletter of The Boys' Brigade Archive

Heritage is the newsletter of The Boys’ Brigade Archives. Volumns 1 and 2 were published in print form by the BB Archive Members Association. Volumn 3 onwards is a digital newsletter sent to supporters of the BB Archives monthly.


The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust relies on supporters to further the preservation and promotion of the Heritage of The Boys’ Brigade, ensuring that is is accessible and relevant to future generations of young people. If you are able to support our work though a financial donation, by the donation of artifacts, photographs and paperwork of by volunteering please click on the links below. If you wish receive our monthly newsletter please sign up. We look forward to hearing from you and advancing the work of The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust.

Whats' new

Our volunteer researchers are constantly developing content for The Boys’ Brigade Virtual Museum.

Links to our brand new content can be found below.