The Arm Lads Brigade

Creator(s): Durrell Museum

The Arm Lads Brigade (ALB) was a paramilitary organization for young men and boys. It was founded in Durrell, Twillingate Island, Newfoundland, Canada, in 1908 by a visiting soldier. The ALB operated until the late 1960s when interest declined and it was disbanded. The ALB introduced the youth of this tiny fishing village to military training and gymnastics to promote character and fitness. Meeting in a fish store on Howlett's Island in Durrell's Arm, the ALB was a huge success, attracting local volunteers to the organization. The ALB flourished and attracted so many recruits that an armoury was built in 1910 on a hill named the "Old Maid" overlooking Durrell's Arm.

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