On this day: 1,200 St John Ambulance volunteers support Peace
This year, as we celebrate our 140th anniversary, we look back
at how St John Ambulance volunteers have played an important role
in some major historical events.
19 July 1919 Peace Celebration Day
On this day, 98 years ago, across the nation, thousands of
people came together to celebrate the end of the First World War.
While November 1918 marked the end of over four years of fighting,
it wasn’t until peace negotiations came to a close in 1919 that the
war was declared officially over. The 19 July 1919 was made Peace
Huge crowds of spectators gathered across London to witness
thousands of troops take part in the victory parade, which also
included 1,200 St John Ambulance brigade members. Celebrations were
held all over the city, with entertainment and fireworks provided
in five royal parks. St John Ambulance volunteers had a vital role
to play in keeping the crowds safe with 24 first aid stations. More
than 8,000 cases were treated, and some volunteers remained on duty
for nearly 30 hours.
Nearly a century later, our volunteers continue to provide first
aid to those enjoying London’s beautiful royal parks. This year,
you’ll see us at the Royal Parks
Half Marathon, taking place on 8 October. The route
takes runners on a 13.1-mile journey through Hyde Park, St James’s
Park, Green Park, past Wellington Arch, the Houses of Parliament
and the Royal Albert Hall.
 Fletcher, N.C. The St John Ambulance Association: Annals
of the Ambulance Department. (Hertford: Stephen Austin &
Sons, Ltd. 1949), 140.