Queen’s Badge Recipients

To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and her patronage of The Boys’ Brigade we have created a page featuring pictures and stories from Queen’s Badge recipients.

Since 1952 thousands of Queen’s Badges have been presented to members of The Boys’ Brigade and it is the stories from these award winners we want to use to commemorate 70 years of service by the Queen.

You can be a part of this special item of ‘BB’ history by sending a picture and a few words explaining your award to archive@boys-brigade.org.uk



1. A clear photograph ideally showing the recipient of the award holding either the badge or certificate. This can be a current photo, or one taken when the award was presented.

2. The recipients ‘BB Story’ either as a text document (200 words) or a 2 minute Audio file (MP3 preferred format). The Audio file can be recorded using you phone and sent to us as a voice note.

3. Send the photo and ‘BB Story’ to archive@boys-brigade.org.uk for use on the Virtual Museum.

For further information about this project, or to learn about additional ways to support the work of The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust, please email archive@boys-brigade.org.uk


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D Linford - 1st Devizes

Derek Linford was one of two members of the 1st Devizes Company presented with a Queen’s Badge at the annual display of the Company held at the Corn Exchange in 1959. Reflecting on achieving the award shortly after his 80th Birthday, Derek said his memory wasn’t as good as it once was, but he recalled that a lot of hard work went into gaining the Queen’s Badge and he thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Company and playing a side-drum in the band 

Queen's Badge Story Boys' Brigade History

R Hawes- 1st Redbridge

G. Bishton- 6th Birmingham

R Catchpole- 1st Ipswich

‘The Object of The Boys’ Brigade is the advancement of Christ’s kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards Christian manliness’ I feel this was really achieved in the 1st Ipswich Company.

 The great sporting tradition is what I feel attracted me but is was the tremendous dedication of the Officers and the Christian ethos that were of even greater value. The badges I received were a testimony of the hard work of the Officers. Scripture Knowledge, First Aid, Physical training, Athletics, Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Life Saving and Seamanship showed just how balanced was the education we received.

 More importantly, the Company nurtured my Christian Faith and I will always be grateful for the part it played in my development in adult life.’ 

Chris Spackman Boys' Brigade

C. Spackman-
5th Swindon

D Daniels-
6th Birmingham

The Taylor Brothers

Geoff (left), Ray (centre) and Les (left) all were awarded their Queen’s Badge whilst members of the 6th Birmingham Company. They received their awards in 1960, 1962 and 1965 respectively. They achieved their success thanks to the support of the company but in particular Ken Bushell their captain.

Queen's Badge story Boys' Brigade History

J. Moore-53rd Sheffield

My name is John Moore & was a member of the 53rd Sheffield BB Company at Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church . I joined The Life Boys aged 8 in 1952 & BB in 1956 . I earned both Queens Badge & Gold DofE. Became an officer & trained Battalion members for DofE .
I am now President of Teesside Battalion & have loved my time in BB as boy, Officer , Captain & Official.

S. Wilkes- 6th Birmingham

D Barnes- 1st Ipswich

I joined the Life Boys with a friend and when I moved into the Company there were only a small number of members. The Company did recruit and our numbers gradually grew. 

During my years of service I did many activities and took part in most Company events.  I was not a great sportsman but I did manage to play football, cricket, and table-tennis. 

I progressed with my badges. The Captain said if I did my third first aid cloth I would be eligible for the Queen’s Badge, which I achieved. I enjoyed being a bugler in the band and went on to play in Ipswich & District Battalion Band.  

I am currently a member of ‘The Brigades Band.’ I had a great time in the 1st made many longstanding friendships and kept up my links in joining the Old Boys Association. 

T Coley- 1st Lichfield

My involvement with the Boys Brigade began with the Anchor Boys, which I joined simply because some of my school friends were in it. Little did I know, the Boys Brigade would go on to form a central part of my youth, right up until leaving for university at age 18.

Whether it was trying not get lost on Cannock Chase on expeditions, competing in quiz nights with other companies, or simply having a laugh with my mates at meetings on a Monday night, being in the BB made growing up more rewarding and more fun than I think it would otherwise have been. In retrospect, it also taught me crucial leadership skills that I’m able to draw upon in my career.

A stand-out memory was a trip to Denmark when I was about 11: camping, building bridges and cooking fish on open fires; experiences none of us would have otherwise had. This expedition encapsulates how I look back on being in the BB more generally: a real adventure.

My time in BB culminated in proudly receiving the Queen’s Badge on a hot summer day in 2003. I remain massively grateful to the leaders who did so much to help me achieve it.



John Simmonds Swindon Boys' Brigade

J. Simmonds-
2nd Swindon

It was a bit harder with my dad being the captain. I remember I needed one more badge to get it. I was a second or two too slow to get one of the swimming badges so ended up doing the advanced drummer’s badge on the bass drum which involved twirling the beaters etc. which my dad insisted I did in public before he gave it to me. Pete Heames was the first in 2nd Swindon, I was the second and I’m pretty sure Keith Bishop was the third. Not sure if there were any more after that.

D Hall- 40th Birmingham

Robert Auld Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge

R. Auld- 1st Armagh

I gained my Queen’s Badge in 2007 and it capped off 14 years in the Boys’ Brigade as a boy in 1st Armagh. The Boys’ Brigade has played and still plays a very important role in my life, as I am still an Officer in the Company and involved at various levels with the BB.

For my Queen’s Badge, I had to undertake volunteering roles within the Brigade and with a organisation outside of the Brigade.  I volunteered with Special Olympics Ireland and even though I was only meant to volunteer for a short period of time, I ended up volunteering with them for a number of years.  This also happened with my volunteering with BB, where I spent 5 years working with another local Company instead of just the one!

As I was completing my Silver Duke of Edinburgh along side my Queen’s Badge, I was able to use my expedition in the Sperrin Mountains for both awards.  Looking back at the expedition, I have a lot of fond memories, though at the time, I did find it very challenging!

I played rugby for my school and I was able to use this for my Queen’s Badge. 

I also had to complete 2 weekends at Rathmore House (NI HQ at the time.)  There were boys at the courses from throughout Northern Ireland and in years to come when I went to University I was able to reconnect with them.  Also I was privileged to have some great Officers on those courses and now that I’m a Training Officer within the BB, I get to serve along side them.

J. Clugston- 6th Birmingham

A Crown- 1st Ipswich

‘I joined the Anchor Boys at the age of 6 and progressed through Junior and Finally Company Sections of the Brigade.

I enjoyed participating in all the activities, projects and challenges, gaining a wide range of subjects. This all culminated when I achieved the Queen’s Badge in 1997with the assistance and encouragement of the Company Officers at the time.’ 25 February 2022

P Colley-
6th Birmingham

D Read-
6th Birmingham

Swindon Boys' Brigade History 5th Swindon John Daglish

John Daglish- 5th Swindon

The completion course was a full weekend. There were two of us from the 5th Swindon company that would be traveling up to Hemel Hempstead on the Friday night. It’s probably fair to say that we didn’t quite know what to expect from the weekend, but we had enjoyed years of going on Junior and Company camps before, so we were pretty confident that we would be able to deal with anything that the officers were going to throw at us. Our confidence was short-lived after the first night!

The start of the weekend was very normal. Welcomed at the door, showed our room for the weekend and given what our activities would be. It all seemed like it was going to be pretty fun. Archery, air pistol shooting. The kind of activities that older teenage boys would love. The main opening activity though would take place on our first night there. It was already dark by the time we were all set for the first activity, which we thought would just be a night hike. We had been split up into 4 teams from companies from all over the place but quite a lot of the lads were from London. Each team was told to get into a different vehicle, as we had to drive out to where we were going for the walk. The drive was probably about half an hour. Totally dark, and not knowing where we had gone or which direction we had gone in we reached the drop off point. Our drop off point. The other teams were starting from their own grid references it seemed. So, we understood quickly what was happening. Each team were given a map, a few bits of paper with questions on that we had to answer on the way back, but the main thing I remember was the information that throughout the weekend, there would be points on offer for whichever team got back to the lodge first, because this was a BB event and there is always a competition! 

All of those skills learned on Friday nights, at our regular BB evenings, would suddenly be tested. The information that we were not provided with as we exited the minibus, was where we actually were! We were expected to work that out for ourselves. It was probably 11:30 at night, and the enormous head-torch my mum had insisted on buying for camp proved to come in rather handy that night. It filled our path ahead with enough light that we could spot most of the things that would give us the clues we needed to find our way forward! 

We worked our way through the questions that we were given and were feeling pretty good about ourselves as we reached the last few questions. It meant that we had done ok!! We found where we were on the map and plotted the right route back. We found ourselves in a bit of a built-up residential area when we heard other voices… Nobody anticipated that 3 of the 4 teams would converge onto the same street right at the end of the course, at the same time. Footsteps started to build. Fast walks became runs. Runs became straight-up sprint finish footrace down a street. Four teams of teenage boys all yelling at each other and trying to get across the finishing line first! The residence of that street probably knew that Felden was going to be full up after that night. Luckily, that was the only time we had to leave the sight that weekend!

It was pretty much straight to bed when we got back, even though we were all fairly pumped up from our late-night athletics. Team four wasn’t quite so lucky with the navigation, as the other guy from our company came in in the early hours a little while after we had all got back!

It’s one story from a host of tales from experiences in the Boy Brigade. I feel like I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to do all of the things that the BB allowed me to.

C. Moore-6th Birmingham

L. Ellard- 6th Birmingham

A. Hardy- 31st Birmingham

J. Farrar- 29th Leeds

“I’ve dug out my Queen’s Badge Record Book, which is handwritten (and slightly tatty now), and it’s
hard to believe that its 28 years this July since I was presented with the Queen’s Badge by Her
Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Mr John LylesCBE, JP, at Leeds Civic Hall.

I covered the “leadership” element by helping for the required 12 months, in Anchor Boys, followed by the leadership and completion courses.
For my service outside the Company, I helped at a reception class at my old Primary School in Leeds.
The requirement was 30 hours –but I managed 104 hours! I also started helping with the church
magazine and the children’s Scottish Country Dancing Class!
For those who know me, I found the physical element the hardest, and I attempted to learn
Gaining the Queen’s Badge remains the highlight of my 38-year involvement with BB and I would encourage everyone to work towards it!
I recall being slightly disappointed that some of the other lads were being presented with the “new”
style badge, whereas I had the purple barrel shaped one!!


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