St John Ambulance Brigade

Bolsover Colliery Company set up a separate department attached to the St John’s Ambulance Brigade. The skilled ambulance men were readily available on each shift throughout the mine. All members were re-examined once a year. Thoresby Colliery had over 60 fully trained members during 1940’s.

This photo shows what we think may be the first photograph of the founder members of the
Thoresby Colliery Division. It is taken in the front garden of one of the Colliery Villas, the
houses that were built for the colliery officials, on Ollerton Road.
1st row: Mr Taggart, Mr Beardsley, Mr Beeson, ? ? Mr Hooley, ? ? Mr Gozzard, Mr Wood, ?
2nd row: Mr Jones, ? Mr Guy, ? ? Mr Evans, Mr Steed, Mr Hollingsworth, ? ? Mr Poslthwaite, ?
?. 3rd row: Mr Barber, ? Mr Revil, ? Mr Russon, Mr Tagg, ? Mr Fell, Mr Bowler, Mr Middleton,
Mr Cudworth, ? Front row: Mr Snuggs, ? ? Mr Battison, Mr Redfern, Mr Meridith, ? Mr Brown,
Mr Freeman, ? ?

The Bolsover Colliery Company set up a separate department to deal with safety measures, and each colliery maintained a uniformed division attached to the St John Ambulance Brigade. The skilled ambulance men were readily available on each shift throughout the mine.

The photo shows Mr Aisha Gozzard, Mr George Hargreaves, and Mr Harold Battison taking part in an ambulance competition during the 1950’s.

Mr Battison receiving his certificate.

Rhyl Camp

For many years the Company provided for employees sons and daughters who were members of the Boys and Girls Brigades and for the six Ambulance Divisions who were also attached to collieries to spend a week each year in a camp at the seaside.

The Company purchased a site at Rhyl, North Wales, and constructed a permanent camp which opened in the summer of 1936.

The site was a short distance from the sea front and the principal shops and Amusement Park.

Members 1940.

The boys section of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade –  It was taken in the early 1950’s.

L to R, Back row:  Dick Duffin, Eric Clay, Alan Hodgkinson, Barry Green, John Vessey, George Maxfield, Robert Postlethwaite, Herbert Brown, Noel Moseley, Brian Wathall.

Centre row: Derek Green, Ray Mellors, John Guy, Colin Rose, Mr Frank Rose, Mr Stewart Worrell, Pat Moody, John Wiltshire, John Coulson,

Front row: Richard Kirkland, Barry Wardle, Brian Hall, Keith Woodland, Frank Crossland, David Gascoine.Dick Duffin, Robert Postlethwaite, ? John Wiltshire,Peter Callaghan, Terry Scothern, Derek Green, David Gascoine, Peter Green, Pat Moody, Alan Higgs, Colin Wilton, ? Jackson. Noel Moseley

Ambulance Cadets Party 1953

                                    Some of the boys recognized in the photograph.                                                  Ken Mollatt, Stewart Higginbottom, Robin Flear, Brian Wiltshire, Terry Hodgson, Brett Baines, Dale Furniss, John Vessey, Richard Kirkland, John Guy, Keith Woodland.                                                             

                                                          Senior Cadets – 1950

Princess Margaret – 1965

Royal visitor to Derbyshire on Sunday was Princess Margaret. the Commander in Chief of the St. John Ambulance and Nursing cadets, who flew in and out from the East Midlands Airport at Castle Donnington. The Princess was to have inspected many cadets at Bemrose School, Derby. The event was planned for the outdoors but because of the rain, the inspection was switched to classrooms. She met members of the Order of St. John Association from Britain and overseas and led the cadets in their promises and enrolment ceremony, which was conducted by the Bishop of Derby, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Allen. The Duke arrived at the airport in a Hawker Siddeley Andover of the Queens Flight and was met by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire. Col. R. St. G. Martin. After presentations of members of the consortium which operates the airport the Duke unveiled a plaque at the entrance to the main concourse and was taken on a tour of the airport buildings. His visit last only 30 minutes.

LINED THE ROAD – Ambulance and nursing cadets from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were among those enrolled and among those who received Grand Prior’s badges. Earlier the Princess had been welcomed into the county by the Lord Lieutenant.                                                                     Long Eaton Advertiser 16 July 1965

Elizabeth Wright, of Edwinstowe Ambulance Cadets had been chosen to represent her Brigade. An honour, well deserved. Although Elizabeth didn’t follow a nursing career, her training must have stood her in good stead because she had been a First Aider at work, and has been a First Responder with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service for the past 11 years.

St John ambulance cadets circa 1972

Area St John’s Ambulance review at Edwinstowe next to King Edwin School. The School Canteen is visible in the picture April 1981.

 St John Reunion – 2006