Sir Edmund LechmereSir Edmund Lechmere, 1880s

As an early volunteer of the modern Order of St John, Sir Edmund Lechmere promoted the idea that it should do more to follow the Order’s original purpose of caring for the sick.

Lechmere was wealthy and well connected, and he used his money and influence to positively shape the development of St John Ambulance. In 1873, he purchased St John’s Gate in Clerkenwell, which is now home to the Museum of the Order of St John.

He later transferred ownership to the Order of St John, and the building remains the Headquarters of the Priory of England and the Islands, the English branch of the Order, which is now an international charity with many branches throughout the world. In 1875, he instituted the Life-Saving Medal, which continues to be presented to outstanding volunteers of St John Ambulance.

Source: Museum of the Order of St John

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