Frank Guy Armitage grew up in York, England. Before moving to the United States, he worked with the Association as the assistant secretary in Sheffield (1906-1908), the general secretary in Rotherham (1908-1911), and the general secretary in York (1911-1913). During World War I, Armitage was decorated with the Military Cross "for his part in a series of incidents during the first two or three days of the battle of Amiens, commencing August 8th, 1918." After the war, Armitage earned his Ph.D. and became a traveling lecturer of hymns. He was also “a notable interpreter of the characters of Dickens.” While traveling, Armitage vigorously recruited high school students for Springfield College. He died on January 16, 1962. Gordon R. Virgo was born in Sydney, Australia. Prior to college, he worked for three months as a clerk at the Sydney Association. Virgo then moved to the United States and enrolled at Springfield College. During the summer of 1912, he moved to England and became the Assistant Physical Director of the London YMCA. For his heroics in World War I, Virgo received the honor of Special Mention by order of King George of England in June 1919. After the war, Virgo moved to Hawaii and worked as Director of the Industrial Service Bureau of the Waialua Agricultural Company of Hawaii until his retirement in 1936.
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