the Boys' Brigade
Smith was born on 27th October 1854 at Pennyland House, Thurso,
At 15 he moved to Glasgow to work in his uncle's business. While
he joined the volunteers and by 19 he had become a Lance Corporal
in the 1st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers.
The very same year he joined the church after hearing the evangelists
Moody & Sankey.
By 1883 William
Smith had become a Lieutenant and was teaching in the North Woodside
Mission Sunday School.
The boys in his Sunday School class were a challenge, and he was
open to new ideas about how best to deal with them.
Someone suggested that the methods used in the volunteers might
and by this inspiration the Boys' Brigade was created.
William Smith took
a leading role in the new organisation, accepting a full-time
post as the first Brigade Secretary in 1887.
He worked non-stop for the movement, on two occasions even crossing
the Atlantic to promote the Boys' Brigade in Canada
and the U.S.A. Throughout he remained Captain of the 1st Glasgow
company, rarely missing a meeting.
In 1909 William
Smith was knighted by King Edward VII for his service to boys.
Sir William Smith
died on 10th May 1914 after being suddenly taken ill at a Boys'
Brigade meeting in London.
He was buried in Glasgow.