On this day: St John Ambulance helps wounded in France
We look at the history of the St John Ambulance Hospital during
6 September 1915
102 years ago today, St John Ambulance opened its hospital in
Etaples, near Boulogne in France. At the time, Etaples was home to
a British army base which was notorious for its military training.
It was also a stopping point for soldiers making their way to the
The hospital played an important role during the First World
War. It provided 520 beds for soldiers wounded by the nearby
fighting. It was described as ‘one of the finest and best-equipped
hospitals in France’
On the 19 and 31 May 1918, the hospital was almost destroyed by
‘The staff exhibited magnificent gallantry in their attempts to
protect the patients, of whom 11 were killed and 18 were wounded'
In August 1918, the hospital was rebuilt in Trouville and was
later demobilized in 1919. Learn more about
St John Ambulance in the First World War.
While we don’t run our own hospital anymore, we are still
involved with hospitals all over England. With our professional
ambulance crews, we provide out-of-hospital care to over 125,000
patients every year. Our ambulance crews provide many different
services. For example, A&E support, bariatric transfers and
repatriation. Learn more about our ambulance operations.
The St John Ambulance Association: Annals of the Ambulance
Department. (Hertford: Stephen Austin & Sons, Ltd. 1949),
 Fletcher, The St John Ambulance Association,
Image credit: Scrapbook of Veronica Nisbet (SJA383),
Museum of the Order of St John, London.