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From Lancaster to Holland

Lancaster Guardian 25 July 1952:

LANCASTER will be represented at the first international gathering of Salvation Army scout troops at Lunteren, Holland, from August 5 to 15, by Scouter James Halliday* and Scouts Alan P. Dodd, David W. France, and Ronald Eccleston, from the Lancaster Salvation Army Scout troop (29th Lancaster).

They will form part of the British contingent of 180 out of a total of 600 from 15 countries. The gathering will be known as a “Motondo” derived from an African verb meaning to “give thanks”, use by Salvationists in the Belgian Congo for large thanksgiving meetings.

Special features will include a “Friendship Day” on which scout’s will visit some of Holland’s principal cities: a “visitors day”, when they will give a display in the open-air theatre at Ede, seating 2000: a “contest day” for competitive sports and games.

There will be too, and “explorers day”, when boys in international patrols of 10 will have an opportunity, in a 48-hour hike, of putting into practice all they know about Scouting.

Queen Juliana has expressed her intention of visiting the camp.


Lancaster Guardian 22 August 1952:


LANCASTER Salvation Army Scouts had a memorable time at the International Jamboree in Holland.

A two-day hike over a circular course of 38 kilometres was completed despite very hot sunshine.

On one of their free days the Scouts visited the Lunteren open-air baths. Scoutmaster J. E. Halliday has added to his laurels by conducting the Arnhem Salvation Army Band.

A feature of the Jamboree has been the international soccer matches for Scouts and Scouters.  English Scouts beat Sweden 2-0 after previously defeating Finland. The scouters were not so lucky. They lost the final tie to Belgium 4-2. “Skipper” Halliday scored eight of his team’s goals during the competition.

Camp-fire get-togethers have proved very popular. The party, now back home, have happy recollections of their visit to the Jamboree, and hope it will be the first of many more. 


* James Edward Halliday was born 29 October 1922 in Lancaster a son of William Scott and Olive Caroline Halliday nee Holmes.

In the 1939 Register James and family are living at 27 Westham Street, Lancaster. The father is listed as an Oilcloth Worker and James as a Colour Mixer and R.P. Messenger (Scout) Lanc. Corpn.

Lancaster Guardian 24 November 1944:


The services on Sunday were conducted by Captain Stone, of the Divisional Headquarters Staff.  On Monday night the Y.P. Band and Singing Company from Carnforth, conducted by Captain Munro, gave a splendid programme to launch the special effort to raise £50 for the purchase of instruments to form a Y.P. Band at Lancaster.

Sergeant Major Henderson made an appeal for donations and the newly appointed Band Leader, James Halliday, said how the Sunday school had started off the scheme with a donation of £5.  The senior band had given its support by donating some instruments and will be giving a festival in aid of the scheme.

Lancaster Guardian 14 April 1950:
New Scout Troop.
A new Scout Troop and Cub Pack were inaugurated at the Lancaster Hall of the Salvation Army last Wednesday.  There were many parents and friends present as well as Brigadier Meade, Divisional Commander; Senior Major Watson, Divisional Young People’s Secretary; Mr. Davies, District Commissioner for Cubs and Mr. H. Todd, District Commissioner, who presided in the absence of Mr. J. Dodds Drummond, the County Commissioner.

The ceremony was conducted by Divisional Commander H. Meade, who also gave an address and also installed Mr. J. Halliday as Scoutmaster and Mr. A. Eccliston as Cubmaster.

The Young People’s Band, comprising of D. Harrison, D. France, J. Smallshaw and K. Taylor played special items.  Captain Rochelle proposed the vote of thanks.

The Easter Sunday service was conducted by Brigadier and Mrs. Meade.

Lancaster Guardian 09 March 1951:
A LARGE and appreciative audience of parents and friends enjoyed an entertainment given by the 29th Lancaster (Salvation Army) Group on Saturday evening. The chairman was Scoutmaster G. Cowherd, of the 12th Lancaster. The effort was promoted by the Scouts and Cubs in aid of Church funds under the direction of Scoutmaster Halliday and Cubmaster Eccleston.
A varied programme included: Pianoforte solos by Kenneth Henderson and David Harrison; mock radio broadcast, the Scouters; recitations, Choruses, and a Scout and Cub play in which the participants had the assistance of Miss M. Taylor.
Items were also given by the Sunbeams. Refreshments were served by the Group and Mesdames Halliday and Eccleston.
Amongst those present were Senior Capt. M. E. Smith and Capt. M. Rochelle.

Lancaster Guardian 06 February 1953:
Says player hit him, swore
Left full-back for Storey’s, James Edward Halliday, of Westham Street, said Tyson struck the referee with his clenched fist. He demonstrated a right upper-cut in the witness box. He had not heard Tyson swear.