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Order of The Founder

In 1917, five years after the death of William Booth, his son, General Bramwell Booth inaugurated the Order of the Founder to recognise Salvationists who had rendered distinguished service, such as would have specially commended itself to the Founder.

The first awards were made in 1920 to 15 officers and one soldier.

The honour is rarely given because every nomination is carefully and painstakingly scrutinised by a panel of senior leaders at IHQ. Salvationists have every reason to be proud of those who have been awarded this outstanding recognition for meritorious Christian example, witness and service. Further details are available on:

Members of the order include Indian officers and soldiers, and officers who have served in India:

Commissioner Booth-Tucker (of International Headquarters). For toil and devotion, extending over a period of many years, in pioneering and extending the Army’s Work in British India, and particularly for the work of mercy and Salvation which he inaugurated amongst the Criminal Tribes in that country. Admitted to the Order in1920.

Lieut. Colonel Yesu Patham (Walter Keil): on his retirement from active service, for many years of self-sacrifice, loyalty and devotion amongst the masses of India. Admitted to the Order in 1923.

Commissioner Mrs Lucy Booth-Hellberg, for long and exceptional service under peculiarly difficult circumstances, together with her readiness at all times to answer to the call of duty, particularly in the earlier years in India and France and latterly, in South America. Admitted to the Order in 1933.

Commissioner Arthur Robert Blowers, for outstanding service in pioneering and establishing our Missionary Work in India during thirty-seven years’ tropical residence, in which he selflessly laboured, living in the villages, dauntlessly endured hardships, heroically suffered persecution and imprisonment, presented a Christ-like example and pursued pre-eminently and persistently The Army’s principles, policies, and practices with marked success. Admitted to the Order in 1937.

Colonel William A. Noble, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., pioneered Salvation Army leprosy work in India, specialized in eye surgery and established branch hospitals throughout Travancore. His thirty-six years’ ministry brought healing to countless multitudes. Whether ministering to the prince or to the poorest of his people his Christian character has been expressed in all the ministry of heart, mind and hand. Admitted to the Order in November 1957.

Lieut-Colonel Kawl Khuma (N.E. India Territory) who with vision and tenacity, pioneered and established our work in the Mizo Hills and later in the Cachar District and Manipur State. Admitted to the Order in1966.

Lieut-Commissioner (Dr) A. Bramwell Cook (R), (New Zealand), has for over 50 years including almost 23 as chief medical officer in India and 15 years as a retired officer, sacrificially toiled for the healing of the bodies and souls of the people. Admitted to the Order on 26 September 1983.

Mrs Commissioner Grace Sughanantham (India South-Eastern Territory), has been a peerless example to all Indian officer-wives, effectively combining officership and motherhood and beautifully demonstrating the gift of caring through over half a century of active service. Admitted to the Order on 10 September 1988.

Sergeant-Major C. Thangkima (India Northern Territory), exemplifying the good Samaritan, has coupled business acumen with spiritual sensitivity, contributing generously top corps and divisional needs and keenly encouraging outreach endeavours in North Eastern India. Admitted to the Order on 13 January 1990.

CSM Lalzuala (India Eastern Territory) who for more than 40 years has been an exemplary local officer and has personally made a major contribution to the extension of the Army in Mizoram and in neighbouring states, was admitted to the Order of the Founder on 21 March 1993.

CSM Pu Darthuama (India Eastern). CSM Pu Darthuama has rendered service as a local officer for 45 years, and was a founder member of the work in Manipur State and also of the Children’s Training Higher Secondary School and the Motherless Babies’ Home and Destitute Children’s Home. Admitted to the Order on 15 October 2000.

Major Jorun Goksoyr (Norway, Iceland and the Faeroes). Major Goksoyr has given a lifetime of service to the people of India, and particularly in the establishment of an English Medium Matriculation School for low-income families in the city of Chennai. Admitted to the Order on 6 January 2001.

Colonel Sawichhunga (India Eastern Territory). Colonel Sawichhunga is the first Territorial Commander since India Eastern became a territory and having served for 45 years as active officer entered his honoured retirement on 1st June 1996. The Colonel's attendance in ICO 1976 and special administrative course in Melbourne in 1986 was an added blessing in his officer career. The Colonel is honest, trustworthy and has passion in bringing lost souls for Christ. His love towards fellow Christians made him hold many responsibilities entrusted by other denomination churches in Mizoram. he continues to serve as any other active officer extending fullest support to leadership by being available to the need of the territory. Admitted to the Order on 4the Sunday february 2007

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