The History of the Ambulance Service

We’re pleased to announce that the wonderful book on the history of the Ambulance Service which includes some history of the American Ambulance is now available on the Blue Light Education Collaborative website. £9.99 per copy with a donation made to The Ambulance Staff Charity for every purchase.

An update…

So it’s been absolutely ages since I last posted on here but I thought I’d pop up a quick update for you. While there has been a fair bit of silence we continue to work hard behind the scenes on American Ambulance related stuff. I’m really excited to have worked with someone recently to contributeContinue reading “An update…”

Diecast Collector Magazine Article

Today we take a short look at the June edition of diecast collectors magazine which features an article on the American Ambulance. Almost three years ago I got an email from Graham Cook, he bought my book and was interested to learn about the little known history of the American Ambulance. Graham was at theContinue reading “Diecast Collector Magazine Article”

10th/11th May 1941 – A dark night for the American Ambulance.

Eighty years ago today, London had faced over eight months of relentless bombardment from Luftwaffe, unknown to them the night of the 10th/11th of May would be the last night of the Blitz but the night would be absolutely devastating. That night the Germans flew a total of 571 sorties, they dropped 711 tons ofContinue reading “10th/11th May 1941 – A dark night for the American Ambulance.”

We’re back!

Well it’s been a while since our last post and in that I promised some more regular posts through 2021. That hasn’t been possible so far however now I’ve got more free time I can get back to it! We’ve got some exciting things coming up in the next month and hope to be ableContinue reading “We’re back!”

Welcome to 2021!

So it’s been a fair while since I last posted but I thought I’d update you all! We’re still very much here however life outside this project has been extremely busy recently and I’ve had little time to sit down and write some posts. While usually we work for fortnightly posts I will be schedulingContinue reading “Welcome to 2021!”

Badge reproductions

Since quite early on in this project, something on the wish list was an embroidery machine. A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and finally invested in one. Despite the large initial cost, due to the large number of varied badges the American Ambulance used, it is by far more economical to make ourContinue reading “Badge reproductions”

15:00 24th October 1945 – 75 years on

“THE QUEEN REVIEWS 200 GIRL DRIVERS” Two hundred girl drivers of the American Ambulance were being reviewed to-day by the Queen at a stand-down parade at Buckingham Palace. (…) Among the drivers representing units from all parts of England and Wales – are girls with whom the Queen talked during her tours of the bombedContinue reading “15:00 24th October 1945 – 75 years on”

Letter from The Queen

Back in June, I wrote to various different politicians and leaders of both Great Britain and the United States to tell them about the history of the American Ambulance and that this year marked the stand down of the organisation. Although I haven’t been able to do anything face to face due to COVID IContinue reading “Letter from The Queen”

Morning of 24th October 1945 – 75 Years on

Today’s the day, 75 years ago today the American Ambulance held a series of celebrations to say goodbye , remember the work they had undertaken and commemorate their stand down. On the morning of the 24th October 1945, at American Ambulance headquarters Mr. Gilbert Carr received a letter from the Minister of Health giving thanksContinue reading “Morning of 24th October 1945 – 75 Years on”