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St John Ambulance Brigade
Rushden Ambulance Men
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Rushden Echo, 21st August, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Ambulance Work

First-class Sergt. Prigmore, Privates H. May, Timpson (Rushden), and Wm. Eatly (Irthlingborough), left on Sunday for Chatham to serve in the Royal Naval Sick Berth. They left by train from Irchester station.

The Rushden Echo, 17th September 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Promotions for Rushden Ambulance Men

Rushden Ambulance men have received promotions as follows: Private H. Boyce R.A.M.C., promoted corporal; 1st Class Sergt J. C. Wright promoted; 1st Class Petty Officer Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve.

The following Rushden Ambulance men left on Monday for Devonport Naval Hospital; Messrs. H. Skeeles, H. S. Hall, G. Bates, C. F. Fairey and J. Gross. They are Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve men.

Rushden Echo, 16th October 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

More Rushden Ambulance Members go into Active Service

To serve in the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve, Corporal G. Ambridge, and Privates B. Lincoln, Bradshaw, and E. Baxter, of the Rushden Ambulance Division, left for Bazlar Hospital, Gosport, on Tuesday. Rushden is now well represented amongst those caring for sick and wounded soldiers, but we understand that more ambulance men are required.

The Rushden Echo, 29th October, 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Three Rushden Brothers
Mr. H. C. Swindall, third son of Mr. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman of the Rushden Urban Council), has gone to Chatham to join the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserves. His two brothers are already serving their country.

The Rushden Echo, 5th November 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Men in Ambulance Work

Mr. Tom Sanders, son of Mr. W. B. Sanders, Hayway, Rushden, and Mr. Harry Selwood, only son of Mr. George Selwood, Newton-road, Rushden, left on Saturday for the Military Hospital, Millbank, London.

Rushden Echo, 26th November 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Ambulance – Rushden Men Leave – For Active Service

The following members of the Rushden Ambulance Division left last Friday for Devonport for active service:- Messrs. Herbert Harris, Arthur E Linnell, Frederck C Crofts, Wm Packwood, Reginald Bateman, and Silas H Wright.

Rushden Echo, 28th July 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Naval Sick Berth ReserveThe authorities on Sunday last applied to the Rushden Corps of the St. John Ambulance Brigade for more men for the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve, and the following were decided upon as eligible:-
Ptes. W. Partridge, W. Chattall, F. Chattall, J. W Smith, W. Frisby, C. Boyce, G. Linger, E. Hobbs, A. Drage, H. Maddams, A. Warr, and H. Deighton.

The Rushden Corps have already 44 members on active service. The men mentioned above have all passed the medical examination, with one exception, and they are now awaiting orders.

Rushden Echo, Friday 12th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Ambulance Worker
Bombardier Alfred Watson Seriously Wounded

We are sorry to report that Mr and Mrs J W Watson, 155 Queen-street, Rushden, have received a letter from the Rev B Booth, C.F., to say that their son, 9786 Bombardier A Watson, S.B.R., has been seriously wounded and is now in the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, France.

The chaplain writes: “Dear Mrs Watson—Your son, Bombardier A Watson, 9786, asks me to tell you that he is in hospital here. I am afraid he is seriously wounded in both legs, but everything possible is being done for him. He sends his love to all. Unless you hear to the contrary he will be sent to a base hospital in a day or two, I do not know which. May God comfort you in your anxiety.”

Bombardier Watson, who was formerly a member of the Rushden Corps of the St John Ambulance Association, was on holiday duty at Chatham Naval Hospital at the outbreak of war, and his services in consequence were retained on the outbreak of hostilities. He remained there two years and five months, and then volunteered to proceed to the Front, going to France early this year. Since then he has been attached as Red Cross attendant to a naval gun team that have been and are operating about five miles behind the front trenches, and it was during the course of these duties that he received his injuries.

Mr and Mrs Watson are anxiously awaiting further news, and will be grateful for any further particulars any of his comrades can send them.

Rushden Echo, Friday 19th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Ambulance Promotions—We have much pleasure in recording the following promotions of Rushden ambulance men who belong to the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve. Corpl. J A Bugby to be First-Class Petty Officer; Pte A Smith to be Corporal. F.C.P.-Officer Bugby joined the Reserve in 1914, and has nearly the whole of the time been attached to No. 2 R.N. Ambulance Train, running between the South of England ports and Scotland.

Rushden Echo, 30th August 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Ambulance Effort—At the Ambulance drill at Rushden on Tuesday night Supt. T. Swindall stated that a hospital in France, which had been built and run by the St. John Ambulance Association, had been bombed by the Germans and totally destroyed. The Headquarters were now asking for funds to rebuild the hospital. After considerable discussion as to the best means of raising funds towards this object, the Rushden members resolved to hold a prize distribution, and, as it is for such a worthy cause, it is hoped that the effort will meet with good financial results.

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