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Rushden Ambulance Corps

Rushden's litter 'The Lancer'
'The Lancer' wheeled litter of Rushden Ambulance Corps

Rushden Echo, Friday July 15, 1898 transcribed Sue Manton

Rushden and Higham Ambulance Corps – the Higham Ferrers Corps accompanied by the drum and fife band, marched to Rushden on Wednesday night, among those present being Supt. J. W. Higgins, First Officer A. G. Groome and Serg. Bettles. On reaching Rushden they were joined by the Rushden Corps and the whole of the men then proceeded to Mr. Marriott’s field where they went through a series of stretcher and other drills. The drills were executed in a very creditable manner. The Higham and Rushden Divisions will meet on Higham Ferrers Market Square for drill on Wednesday next at 7.30 sharp. All members are requested to attend. Orderly Officer, First Officer A. O. Groome; orderly sergeant, Staff Sergeant J. Bettles.

The Argus, 3rd February 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins

Among the many excellent bodies which have come to the front in Rushden of late the Ambulance Brigade must take a foremost place. The public generally are perhaps unaware of the extent to which this work has grown, and though having a dim conception that ''first aid'' has been rendered through an organised body, have never become acquainted with the useful character of the operations of the Ambulance Corps. In a manufacturing town like Rushden, where so much machinery is constantly in motion, accidents are unfortunately numerous, and the presence of first  aid men is, therefore, an absolute necessity. Although the Rushden brigade has now attained a high degree of efficiency, the work is one which can  be extended and perfected, and it is, as Mr. John Claridge so forcibly pointed out at the annual meeting on Monday evening, the duty of manufacturers, employers of labour - many of whom have seen the advantages of first aid in their factories - and all interested in the welfare of the support a movement of this kind. To successfully carry out ambulance work involves a heavy outlay, and the appeal of the committee for liberal support "so that their efforts may not be curtailed by lack of funds" should meet with a ready and generous response. During the year 33 cases of somewhat serious character were treated by the members, while two transport cases were conducted.
As the latter department of the work is usually brought into operation with poor people the ambulance funds have to bear the whole of the expense. During the evening a very interesting presentation was made to Dr. Baker, the hon. surgeon, who is deservedly popular among ambulance men.

Rushden Echo, 29th September 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins

Ambulance Corps.—Last night Dr Baker gave the first of his lectures to the new class. There were 23 new members present and 27 for the second and third examinations, this being the best class ever held in Rushden. Dr Baker’s lecture dealt with the skeleton, circulation of the blood, respiration and nervous system.

Rushden Echo, 31st August 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

While Driving a Brewer’s Wagon on Rushden Hill, on Friday afternoon, a man named Charles Twelvetree fell off and injured his face. Privates J Jubb and W Parker, of the Ambulance Corps, assisted by Mr J Parker, took him home on the wheel litter.

Northampton Mercury, 29th November 1901

Ambulance Annual Meeting—This meeting was held in the Alfred-street Board Schools, Mr J Claridge presiding. Supt. Care gave the annual report, which stated that during the year 35 serious cases had been attended by members of the branch, besides numbers of small cases. There had been five transport cases, 48 drills, the official inspection, and two church parades. The financial statement was presented by Mr T Swindall, and showed expenditure amounting to £75 12s. 11d., leaving a deficiency of £1 8s. 11d. Certificates, medallions, and nursing certificates were then presented to the members by Chief Surgeon Audland.

Rushden Echo, 10th July 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Ambulance Successes - The annual competition, open to all the divisions in the Wellingborough Ambulance Corps, took place on Dr. Audland’s tennis lawn at Wellingborough on Saturday, when the contest for the cup given by Mr. H. W. Miller was very keen. There was also a competition among the nursing sisters for prizes given by Mr. W. Lewin, president of the Wellingborough Centre. Five teams entered for the cup competition, three belonging to Headquarters Division, one to Rushden, and one to Wollaston, and their work was judged by Dr. Stott, of Hallaton. The adjudicators in the competition among the nurses were Dr. Arthur and Dr. Paliolugus (locum tenens for Dr. Hollis).

The officers present were: Assistant Commissioner Dr. Audland, Corps Supt. Nicholson, Inspector of Stores J. Cairns Parker, Supt. Parker, First Officer B. Graveley (Wellingborough), Sergt. Drage (Wollaston), Lady Supt. Miss Smith (Wellingborough), Lady Supt. Mrs. W. Tomlinson (Rushden), Lady Supt. Mrs. Williams (Irthlingborough).

Tea was provided by Dr. and Mrs. Audland.


Dr. Stott announced the awards in the cup competition as follow:-

1st -
Rushden (Corpl. G. Ambridge, Privates F. Pashler, W. Burgess, E. Whiteman, and G. Timpson), 110 points.
2nd -
Headquarters (Sergt. B. Jeffries, Privates H. Richards, G. Atkins, F. Sanders, and W. Tite) 106 points.
3rd -
Headquarters (Sergt. Francis, Privates Sparrow, L. Waters, J. Roberts, and W. Coles), 102 points.

The prize-winners in the competitions among the nurses, announced by Dr. Paliologus, were:
Mrs. L. Clark, Rushden, 55 points.
Mrs. W. J. May, Wellingborough, 54 points.
Miss Margetts, Rushden, 53 points.

The doctor congratulated all upon the high averages obtained.

The competition was pretty stiff, and the Rushden men had not competed before under those circumstances, so great credit is due to them for the success with which they met. Their wits were put to the test of showing what they could do in an accident of a complicated nature. The judge paid high tribute to the Rushden men’s intelligent grasp of the situation and of the remarks made by them on the supposed case. Congratulations are due to the Rushden winners on their gratifying success.

Rushden Echo, 1st January 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

“Ambulance Children”—Upwards of 130 children of Rushden Ambulance men on active service, with the juvenile Belgian refugees, had a capital entertainment at the Church Institute on Boxing Day. Tea was provided and supervised by Mesdames G Toby, Oakins, S Clark, and D Cave. The Rector (Rev P E Robson) and the Curate (Rev W Pelham) welcomed the children. An operetta, “Dick Whittington,” was given and thoroughly appreciated by the youngsters. As the party left, each child received a box of chocolates, a banana, and an orange. Mrs Clark and Mrs Toby were the instigators of the entertainment.

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