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This clipping shows the Family Announcements page of the South Wales Echo and includes an article reporting the funeral of John Powell C. St. J. who died on 26 August 2002. He was Commissioner of St John Ambulance, South Glamorgan. 'C. St. J.' denotes Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

"The Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem originated in a hospice founded around 1070 to care for pilgrims, which was dedicated to St John the Baptist. The brothers and sisters of the Hospital, which was recognised as a religious Order by the Pope in 1113, nursed the poor and sick of any faith." They "were recognised by Queen Victoria and their Order became an Order of the British Crown in 1888. They had founded an eye hospital in Jerusalem in 1882. They had already set up St John Ambulance to train people in first aid in 1877 and in 1887 their volunteers were organised into a uniformed Brigade to serve at public events. The Ambulance Association and the Brigade were amalgamated in 1974. In many parts of Britain, St John was the first and only provider of an ambulance service up to the middle of the 20th century."

Source:, accessed 1/4/17.

The article is accompanied by a photograph of John Powell.

From Microform, Local Studies, Cardiff Library.
Image created by The British Library Board.
Copyright: Media Wales.

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