The AAGB uniform was very similar to that of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). It consisted of a hat, blouse and skirt. The AAGB Blouse had a pair of collar dogs, the same as that pictured bellow, they were 30mm in diameter and secured with two lugs and a split pin. The buttons on the blouse consisted of the crossed flags logo. There was also a Cloth badge, as pictured bellow, that was worn on each sleeve. The cap badge was the same as the collar dog however it was 36mm in diameter with folded metal fixings instead of lugs.The belts used were mostly modified Sam browne’s. Driver Bacon wore her fathers first world was belt during her service with the AAGB.
Below is the Leeds station Group photo and the names of as many as possible. A Dash indicates an unknown name. Separate to those in the photo is also another list of names we have also seen mentioned.
Group photo contains:
Phyll Cooling (Captain)
Other Names mentioned:
It seems fitting that our first post should be about the lady that made this blog possible by keeping extensive photographic record of the American Ambulance Great Britain (AAGB). The late Betty Bacon (latterly Sansom and Hopwood) served as a driver with the AAGB in Leeds. She kept lots of information, from newspaper cuttings to the tax disc from her ambulance. We hope that you enjoy the upcoming posts and that you find it interesting. If you have any information or artefacts you would like to send us or provide pictures of we would be extremely grateful, use the ‘Contact us’ page to get in touch.