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St. John Ambulance Association emblems on necklace chain.
« on: Wednesday 13 March 19 17:23 GMT (UK) »
Whilst clearing out my late father's house recently, I came across something of interest. A necklace that once belonged to my grandmother features a locket (containing small portrait photos of my dad and uncle) and a set of attached St. John Ambulance Association items - a standard medallion, with a cross of St. John(?) and two small 'bars' (for lack of a better description), one bearing the date 1912 and the other 1940. On the reverse of the medallion is the inscription, 119356 Harry Smith. On the reverse of both bars is just the number. I have been researching my family for some years now and have never come across the name of Harry Smith. However, he must presumably have held some significance for my grandmother. She spent most of her life in the Leigh area of Lancashire and died in 1995 aged 91. I gather, after looking on the internet, that any research inquiries related to the St. John Ambulance Association have to be directed to the relevant local area branch. Does anybody know how I find out who to contact in the lancashire area? I am intrigued  and would like to find out a bit more about Harry Smith.

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Doddie

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Re: St. John Ambulance Association emblems on necklace chain.
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 13 March 19 20:08 GMT (UK) »
Family History Research

The Museum of the Order of St John holds significant, but not exhaustive, records relating to members of St John Ambulance and of the Order of St John.

If you are conducting family history research and are making an enquiry concerning a relative’s membership of the Order of St John, or of St John Ambulance, please note that the Museum does request a donation of £10 to carry out such research, and such research may not always provide further information.

Order membership will be confirmed through the Honour Rolls, which list all Order members at regular points since the Most Venerable Order’s official foundation in 1888. In order for us to carry out an effective search, please provide as much information as possible on the member for whom you are searching including full name, birth and death dates, place of birth and address if possible. Please note that Order citations remain confidential documents and we are unable therefore, to provide copies or direct transcripts.

If your search concerns St John Ambulance membership, the Museum only holds local records for London and Kent. If other county and regional records exist, they will be held locally.


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Re: St. John Ambulance Association emblems on necklace chain.
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 14 March 19 13:26 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Girl Guide, I will contact the museum and see what information they can give me.

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Doddie

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Re: St. John Ambulance Association emblems on necklace chain.
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 14 March 19 13:58 GMT (UK) »
You could also try contacting "Wiganworld" - that site has some very assiduous researchers who are real whizzes at ferreting out unusual information. They've been a great help to me in the past, in the Leigh area. Just type it into your search engine, and register - it's free - and phrase your query to attract StJ ambulance and family historians with links with your surname.
Threlfall (Southport), Isherwood (lancs & Canada), Newbould + Topliss(Derby), Keating & Cummins (Ireland + lancs), Fisher, Strong& Casson (all Cumberland) & Downie & Bowie, Linlithgow area Scotland . Also interested in Leigh& Burrows,(Lancashire) Griffiths (Shropshire & lancs), Leaver (Lancs/Yorks) & Anderson(Cumberland and very elusive)

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Re: St. John Ambulance Association emblems on necklace chain.
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 14 March 19 17:29 GMT (UK) »
Thanks ThrelfallYorky.

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Doddie