In 1925, The Brigade discontinued the use of the rifle, not without opposition. Boys of that time experienced a great thrill when issued with a rifle for the first time, and how proudly it was exhibited to their families. That year, the amalgamation of the movement with the Boys’ Life Brigade and Boy Reserves saw the addition of the Cross to the well known Anchor emblem and the start of the Life Boys for younger members.
In 1933, the Brigade celebrated its Golden Jubilee and the 130th Glasgow were present to take part in the celebrations. Boys marched all the way from Broomhill to Queen’s Park, stopping en route to allow the then Captain, Mr Willie Muir, to take the reins of the horse he was to parade on. After the celebrations, the Company marched smartly back to the church for a party.
Despite discipline being a large part of the Boys’ Brigade programme during this period, there was always ample opportunity for fun and entertainment within the organisation. Among the activities which proved popular at this time were ‘Concert Parties’, when “Singing in the Rain” and “I’ve never harmed an onion, why does it make me cry?” became popular hits.
Even during the Company’s Annual Inspection, the element of enjoyment was important throughout, although this landed one boy in trouble when he rode a penny-farthing type of bicycle along Randolph Road to school in order to get the necessary practice for an Inspection item – but ended up receiving a warning from police for travelling on this unaccustomed mode of conveyance!
The difficulties which arose during the two world wars did not stop the work of the Company, though the period of 1939-1945 brought problems unknown during the First Word War. Evacuation halved the Company membership and those who remained had to parade with gas masks, whilst convoy escorts had to be arranged to get the Boys home during the black-out. The evacuated half of the Company kept in touch by letter and many of these boys joined local companies. Those at home gained the new National Service Badge acting as A.R.P. Messengers and First Aid Post Orderlies and some of the Company’s members were on duty in Clydebank following the “Blitz” in 1941.
Such was the spirit of the Company that Drill and Bible Class continued and the only Parade Night missed during the war was the second night of the Clydebank Blitz.
However, it was this period that also led to a 130th legend when one of the Boys, Stanley Ewing, was trapped inside his bombed out house for several days. He managed to reach food through a hole in the wall and he kept his spirits up by learning Morse Code from his BB Handbook.
In the post-war period, summer camps were resumed under camouflaged canvas, military supervision and the almost impossible food rationing conditions. For many years the Company cycled all the way to camp at Kinlochard and one year the Boys had to endure a mass smallpox vaccination. As life returned to normal, the activities and programme expanded. Company Camps were held each summer in places such as Tayvallich, Tighnabruich, Kinlochard, Southend, Morar and Loch Striven.