The Lads of Kent Boys’ Brass Band – training for the forces and touring in Edwardian England

Originally known as the Brompton Boys’ Institute Band, from the New Brompton Orphanage in Kent, its proprietor Henry Allen developed the band from its formation in 1896 into a touring set of brass ensembles – the “Lads of Kent” that raised money for the bands and the home and also provided skills for the boys to prepare them for careers in the army and navy. They were very popular in their time, but towards the end of the band’s existence serious questions were raised about the well-being of the boys under Allen’s care. See the following article for more details on the “Lads of Kent” 1896-1914.

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