St John volunteers helped war effort


More than 50 members of the St John Ambulance Brigade from Heanor volunteered to help the war effort in the autumn of 1914.

We have been delving into our archives to find accounts from World War I as part of our Pennies for our Heroes appeal.

An article in the Heanor Observer said: “It is very creditable to the Heanor branch of the St John Ambulance Brigade that so large a number have volunteered for service in this time of national need.

“No fewer than 36 have volunteered for foreiegn and nine for home service. The females’ section too has been responsive to the needs of the times, and four volunteers are forthcoming for foreign and seven for home work.

“The members of the brigade meet each evening at the technical school for training. Dr Turton is doing good service in devoting so much time to the training of the men. First officer Wood is also a stalwart who follows duty’s call in giving time and service.”

The names of the volunteers are then listed, some of which are marked with an asterisk to denote service in South Africa in the Boer War, which ended in 1902.

You can leave your jam jars/pennies with the reception staff at Amber Valley Borough Council’s central office on Market Place, Ripley and at 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston.