The key part of Percy’s life was not the laundry but his involvement in first aid. The first record is in 1909 when he qualified to render “First Aid to the Injured”.
In 1877 the British Priory established St John’s Ambulance Associations in large railway centres and mining districts so that the workers could treat victims of accidents. This was followed in 1887 by the formation of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade.
Percy’s involvement in the Ambulance Brigade seems to have exempted him from overseas service in WW1.
We have found no records of military service, and there are St Johns Ambulance Service annual medals throughout the war period. Their marriage was in 1913 and their son was not born until 1918, so it is possible that he was not at home over the war years.
In 1947 Percy was awarded the “Dignity of a Serving Brother”, and could “wear his medal”.
Percy’s annual medals go up to 1960 which is over 50 years in the service and he continued to work with the brigade afterwards.