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Penzance first ambulance service 1919

Discussion in 'Public Services' started by Halfhidden, Nov 11, 2016.

By Halfhidden on Nov 11, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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    At Penzance Station on Friday afternoon Mr. T. Robins Bolitho presented awards for balance work performed by members of the Penzance Branch (G.W.R. Division) St. John Ambulance brigade. He supported Mrs. Bolitho, Mr. Potter (Divisional Superintendent at Plymouth), Mr. Tirney (Penzance stationmaster) and Mr. R. H. Quick. of the branch, Mr. P. H. Tarr was the secretary.

    Mr. Quick, who had had previous experience at Falmouth, spoke on the suggested formation of a Penzance Division of St. John Ambulance Brigade. It was, he said, high time that Penzance had one. Camborne, Redruth, and Falmouth were all ahead of them in this matter. The principal work such as a division would be that of invalid transport, and in this matter they would be a great asset to the town and neighbourhood.

    Messer. Tarr, Wooders and Maclntyre also spoke in favour of forming such an organisation, and resolution calling upon the Mayor to convene a meeting of those interested in ambulance work and those prepared to take it up, with a view to promoting a division of St. John Ambulance Brigade in Penzance, was unanimously carried.

    Mr. Potter said they were met under more favourable circumstances than on former occasions, and they, looked forward to a bright and happy peace. He hoped that with that and the influx of more men into the railway, the ambulance movement would be given a fillip.

    During the past four years the movement had been kept alive on the railway to a large extent by the secretaries and; older members, and the company were indebted to them. He hoped Mr. Tarr's energetic secretary-ship of the Penzance branch would receive the reward it deserved in the form of increased membership.
    During the year pending November 30th, .1917-18 there were 120 candidates in the Plymouth Division. 39 obtained certificates, 10 vouchers, 11 medallions, and 60 labels. The previous year there were obtained 9 certificates, 14 vouchers, 8 medallions, 67 labels a total of 98. The increase in the number of satisfactory candidates was therefore 33.
    Two more classes had been formed in the Plymouth Division, one male and one female, the latter being the first of its kind. 32 certificates were obtained.
    The Penzance class this year had won three medallions and fifteen labels. During the year the class had dealt with 53 goods cases, 12 passenger cases, and 48 locomotive cases.

    Mr. Bolitho said that they had got to a time when things were in a state of solution. Gradually, he supposed, they would work out into some new system. Whether they would be members of a Government staff, or continue to be under private influence he did not know. Whatever happened he hoped, the G.W.R. would never fall off its reputation. Mr. Bolitho concluded remarking how delighted he was that young Harry Dale, who had been in the Locomotive Department, and who had been a prisoner in Germany, was safe. He had had his leg amputated in a German hospital, and was now in a, French institution. News had been received that morning.


Discussion in 'Public Services' started by Halfhidden, Nov 11, 2016.

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