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The white metal cast medal of the Welsh branch of St John Ambulance has a circle with inscription ORDER OF ST JOHN PRIORY FOR WALES and four clover shapes around the edge, each containing Welsh emblems such as dragon on top, leeks on both sides and daffodils at the bottom. The circle with inscription surrounds St John emblem, Maltese cross. There is a stamp inscription on reverse of the medal: LESLIE I. REES on the outer circle and WA39248 at the centre of the cross.

The exact date when the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem first came into being is unknown although it was about 1070, when a hospice was established by Benedictine monks for growing number of pilgrims in Jerusalem. The modern Order had three charitable Foundations; two such as the St John Ambulance Association and The St John Ambulance Brigade were amalgamated in 1974 to form the present St John Ambulance Foundation. The Order today consists of 8 St John national organisations known as Priories, 33 St John national organisations known as Associations and the St John Eye Hospital Group which has its main hospital in Jerusalem. This happened after major re-structuring of the Order’s constitution in 1999. St John Ambulance Foundation focuses on providing first aid training in the workplaces, communities and schools, training volunteers and providing first aid supplies.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, F81.143
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