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04 July 2015

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of The Salvation Army’s beginnings. When you’ve answered all the questions, view the answers at the bottom of the page.

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1. In 1865, William Booth began preaching outside a pub on Whitechapel Road, London, from where he often returned home with bandages on his head after being struck with rocks. Although the pub was rebuilt in 1894, the name remains the same. What is the name of the pub?

  • The Pleasant Pheasant
  • The Blind Beggar
  • The Whitechapel Inn
  • Bill’s Bar and Grill


2. The first Salvation Army flag was designed and presented to Coventry Corps by Catherine Booth in 1878. In 1882, the symbol at the centre of the flag was changed to the star that we still see on the Army’s distinctive yellow, red and blue flag today. What symbol did Catherine Booth originally place at the centre of the Army flag?

  • Yellow circle
  • Yellow sun
  • Yellow cross
  • Yellow silhouette of William Booth


3. What is the name of the group that elects Salvation Army Generals?

  • International Management Council
  • Pastoral Care Council
  • High Council
  • General’s Consultative Council


4. The eldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth, Catherine ‘Katie’ Booth-Clibborn brought the Army to France in 1881. She was also known as:

  • La Prédicateur
  • La Générale
  • La Maréchale
  • La Capitaine


5. In addition to being elected as General of The Salvation Army, what do Edward Higgins, Erik Wickberg, Arnold Brown, Bramwell Tillsley, John Larsson and André Cox have in common?

  • Played professional sports prior to becoming Salvation Army officers
  • Born in the United Kingdom
  • Composed Salvation Army musicals
  • Served as Chief of the Staff


6. Born in Australia, General Eva Burrows served as the Army’s international leader from 1986 to 1993. Which other Salvation Army General was born ‘down under’?

  • Albert Orsborn
  • Paul Rader
  • Frederick Coutts
  • George L. Carpenter


7. Which early day Salvationist, known for his prize-fighter stature and bright red fez that he wore with his uniform, was introduced to The Salvation Army when he stepped in as a bodyguard to protect a group of Salvationists who were being attacked on the streets of London?

  • ‘Joe the Turk’
  • ‘Ballington the Boxer’
  • ‘William the Warrior’
  • ‘Frederick the Fighter’


8. In 1885 who, together with Bramwell Booth, stood trial on charges connected to their successful efforts to secure legislation to protect young girls in England from being bought and sold for immoral purposes?

  • William Thomas Stead
  • Ballington Booth
  • George Scott Railton
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley


9. General William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army, was promoted to Glory on 20 August 1912. How many people, including Queen Mary, wife of King George V, attended his funeral?

  • 40,000
  • 25,000
  • 5,000
  • 1,000


10. What is the motto of The Salvation Army?

  • Heart to God, hand to man
  • Saved to serve
  • One Army, One Mission, One Message
  • Blood and Fire


11. What was the name of the group that persecuted early day Salvationists as they conducted open-air meetings, throwing stones and rotten eggs?

  • The Angry Army
  • The Skeleton Army
  • The East End Gang
  • The Vagabond Brothers


12. Instituted in 1917 by General Bramwell Booth, what is the highest honour that can be bestowed on an officer or soldier for outstanding service?

  • Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service
  • Booth’s Award of Honour
  • Order of the Founder
  • International Certificate of Recognition


13. Between 1882 and 1883, The Salvation Army began work in which countries?

  • Canada, India, Switzerland, Sweden, Sri Lanka
  • South Africa, New Zealand, Isle of Man, Pakistan
  • All of the above
  • None of the above


14. Formed in 1887, what is the oldest Salvation Army staff band in the world?

  • The New York Staff Band
  • The Canadian Staff Band
  • The Chicago Staff Band
  • The International Staff Band


15. Concerned for the health and safety of London’s working class, in 1891 William Booth opened a factory to manufacture a product that helped revolutionise production across the industry. What was it?

  • Kerosene lanterns
  • Safety matches
  • Children’s shoes
  • Canes and crutches
  • View Answers
    • 1. B – The Blind Beggar
    • 2. B – Yellow sun
    • 3. C – High Council
    • 4. C – La Maréchale
    • 5. D – Served as Chief of the Staff
    • 6. D – George L. Carpenter
    • 7. A – Nashan ‘Joe the Turk’ Garabed
    • 8. A – William Thomas Stead
    • 9. A – 40,000
    • 10. D – Blood and Fire
    • 11. B – The Skeleton Army
    • 12. C – Order of the Founder
    • 13. C – All of the above
    • 14. A – The New York Staff Band
    • 15. B – Safety matches

How did you score?


0-5 – A good effort, but history may not be your thing.

6-10 – Well done. You’re on your way to becoming an Army historian!

11-15 – Outstanding! William Booth would be proud of you.

By Pamela Richardson -


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