William Church Brasier
William Church Brasier formed a unit of trained first aiders in
Margate in 1879. This was the first organised group of St
John trained volunteers to offer aid to the injured.
Church Brasier’s work was recognised by the founders of St John
Ambulance, and he was invited to assist with the early development
of what was then known as the Brigade.
His practical experience helped to create a service for
transporting the sick, which did not depend on the
patient’s ability to pay. The service began with one horse-drawn
carriage, two litters and four staff. Church Brasier worked with
other early volunteers to promote the importance of first aid, and
the need for an ambulance service that was available to all.
Source: Museum of the Order of St John