Salvation Army, Thornaby c1948

Taken at the The Salvation Army on Westbury Street at the bottom of Chelmsford Street in 1948. In the centre of the photograph is a boy with a Boy Scout neckerchief that is Jeff Barker, I am the one to his left Philip Moore.

When my mother was young at the beginning of the 1900s it was a Baptist Church. The Wellington Street Baptist Tabernacle built the new Baptist Church by Robert Atkinson School and then sold the old church to the Salvation Army.

Photograph and details courtesy of Philip Moore.

14 thoughts on “Salvation Army, Thornaby c1948

  1. I remember Maureen and Gordon Anderson whose family were Salvationists they lived in Queen Street. I believe Maureen married Tommy Gilson.


    • That is right Tommy married Maureen Anderson. The Anderson family were very active in Thornaby Salvation Army for a lot of years. If you look at the picture and see Jeff Barker, the lad with the neckerchief, the lad behind him was the Anderson son. I cannot remember his Christian name though


      • Looking at the picture. The two ladies wearing bonnets on the far right back row – to their left is Ronnie Simpson. Just below them is Tommy Gilson


  2. Derek (Appleton) Would you enlighten us on your family’s history, some of whom may have lived at 13 Barnard Street, Thornaby on Tees. I can remember just 3 people residing in that property; the mother, father and son who we called the Appleby’s, with your name being so close to their name is there a connection? Like Mary Rose above I also recognise Mrs Appleby in the group photo. May I add that I have always admired the Salvation Army for the following reasons:

    EARLY HISTORY OF THE SALVATION ARMY: William Booth (the founder) was born in Nottingham in 1829, when he was aged 13, his father sent him to work as an apprentice in a pawnbroker’s shop situated in the poorest part of Nottingham. He disliked this job, but it was through this work that his social conscience was stirred when he became aware and saddened by the plight of the poor. During this period William attended the Broad Street Nottingham Methodist Chapel and underwent a conversion experience which involved promoting self-aid for self and others. Eventually Booth stopped working at the Pawnbrokers and was out of work for a year. In 1849 William moved to London joining a chapel in Clapham. Through this church he was introduced to his future wife, Catherine Mumford, forming a formidable and lifelong Christian partnership. Four years later both William and Catherine commenced his first evangelistic campaign in Whitechapel, preaching self-aid and teetotalism in a tent.

    This ministry led to the formation of The Christian Mission, with Booth as its leader. In 1878 The Christian Mission was renamed The Salvation Army. ‘General Booth’, as he was now known, summed up its purpose in the following way: “Our speciality – is getting saved – Salvation, and then getting somebody else saved.” Booth explored various ideas, such as providing hostels for the homeless, employment centres and helping young men learn agricultural trades before emigrating. Thereafter Booth day-to-day administration of the Army passing to his oldest son, Bramwell. General Booth was honoured by being given the Freedom of the cities of London and Nottingham. On 20 August 1912 – “the old warrior finally laid down his sword”.

    Some 150,000 people passed the funeral bier to gaze upon the features of “the world’s best-loved man.” The Mayor of South Shields had described him as “The Archbishop of the World.” A public tribute memorial service was arranged at Olympia when 35,000 people attended, including Queen Alexandra, who came incognito (private visit) and representatives of King George V and Queen Mary. The heart of London stood still for nearly four hours as the lengthy “Hail to the Chief” procession of some 7,000 Salvationists, wended its way through densely crowded streets from the Thames Embankment, no fewer than 2,950 Metropolitan police officers being on duty. His legacy was a Salvation Army that numbered then 15,875 officers and cadets, operating in 58 lands, and whose work is well known to all of us today..

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  3. Great people the Sally Anne. I was born in 1948. My uncle, John Tinning, was in London during the Blitz, on leave from the Royal Navy. He said when the bombs were falling the only people on the streets were the Police, Ambulance, Fire Wardens and the Salvation Army.


  4. I went to Salvation Army thought I may be on the photo but we all change so much I do remember Mrs Appleby she is on left side with glasses on


    • I think the lady next to Mrs Appleby was called Powell and she emigrated to Australia. Also in the picture, the two girl together at the back, are Winifred Hutchinson and Alma Pugmer. Also there is Ron Simpson and Tommy Gilson. Tommy later played the cornet in the band and married Maureen Anderson.


      • You must remember then that Gordon Anderson was the Corps Captain. His wife Maureen and daughter Maureen were both very active in the choir.


        • Gordon Anderson married Margaret Brown who was an officer at Thornaby but Gordon never was. Maureen is his sister (my mother).


      • I went to school with your sister and was told after she was at my aunty Mays funeral but did not get chance to speak. Also Stuart Gibbon spoke of you as I always went to his shop when I was in the area. I am now back after 60 years wandering, its always been home.


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