The Salvation Army is an international Christian charitable organisation with a presence in 127 countries around the world. With the words ‘Blood and Fire’ on its crest, it has a quasi-military structure and has over 1.5 million members. It was founded by William and Catherine Booth in 1865.
Their work among the poor and destitute in the East End of London led the Booths to establish the Salvation Army. William Booth became the General of the Army with others being appointed as officers and soldiers. Established religions and some in public life were at first hostile to the work of the Salvation Army. In time however the good work being done by the organisation came to be recognised.
The Salvation Army, an international Christian charitable organisation, was founded by William and Catherine Booth in the year 1865 On This Day.