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The metal badge of the Welsh branch of St John Ambulance Association has a Maltese cross in the centre with the text ORDER OF ST JOHN PRIORY FOR WALES running around it. The edge is decorated with the detailed ornament of leeks. The badge has a diameter of 2.4 cm.

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, F81.177.1

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