The American Ambulance Great Britain (AAGB) was an humanitarian organisation set up by Americans living in London in 1940. Within the first year of operating, the AAGB has raised $856,000 allowing them to operate their fleet of around 300 vehicles. At stand down, the AAGB operated from 27 stations across the country. Almost half of those stations (13) were run by the Mechanised Transport Corps, they were; Brixton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Swansea, Wrexham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Reading, Shoreditch, Tunbridge Wells, West Kensington and MTC Headquarters. The further 14 stations were run by the AAGB themselves, they were; Aberdeen, Birmingham, Stoke, Bristol, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kentish Town, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Newcastle, Scarborough and AAGB Headquarters.
Around half of the AAGB’s total numbers were made up by the Mechanised Transport Corps, the MTC provided drivers and used AAGB marked vehicles. They wore MTC uniform with a distinctive blue AAGB badge sewn onto their sleeve. They operated under the command of the AAGB.
A lot of the information you will find on this blog is with regard to the Leeds station, this is where the late Betty Bacon (latterly Sansom and Hopwood) served. We inherited a vast amount of information from her and hope to be able to tell the story of the AAGB so it doesn’t just fade away.
Since starting in 2016 we’ve developed a big collection of AAGB and more recently MTC items which will allow us to tell the story of the MTC for years to come. We have also found hundreds of pages of archive material which is a treasure trove of information.
If you have any information or family connection to the AAGB we’d love to hear from you. Use the ‘Contact us’ page.
I hope you enjoy the blog.