Group Photos

If anyone can identify any of the men in these photographs of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance or has any other photographs of the Unit that they would be willing to share with me, I would be delighted to hear from them.

 Image by kind permission of Philip Groves - Grandson of 48119 Pte George Groves (arrowed)

48192 Ernest Sweeting Group Photograph

This photograph is by kind permission of Eleanor, Granddaughter of 48192 Sgt Ernest Sweeting M.M. and her relatives, who looking on the back of the photograph discovered all the men named. It is wonderful to have such a large group photograph with all the men identified and shows in importance of always looking at the reverse of such photographs as often the information written on the back is often as valuable as the image itself. 

Ogmore Vale boys in Flanders 

The photograph above is by kind permission of Len Gibbs, Grandson of 48086 Sgt. Frank J King D.C.M. and was probably taken in late 1917 or early 1918. 48086 Sgt. Frank J King D.C.M. is seated in the centre and we believe that the man to his right (seated far left) could well be 48176 LCpl Gwilym Ivor Rees Croix de Guerre. Also identified in this photograph are 48627 Pte. William John Probert M.M. (standing far left, middle row) and 48079 Pte. Thomas George Baker (standing back row far right). If anyone can identify any of the other men in this photograph, we would be delighted to hear from them. 

Military Medal for 1917

 With kind permission of Helen Cleaves - Granddaughter of 48542 Pte James Cleaves

The photograph above depicts the five men of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance who were awarded the Military Medal in August/September 1917 for acts of gallantry during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Pilckem Ridge). It had to have been taken before January 1918 as Sgt Maj Stroud was evacuated to a CCS in January 1918 and did not rejoin the Unit. In the front row (left to right) are, 48192 Sgt Ernest Sweeting M.M., Lt Col J.E.H. Davies, 48071 Sgt Maj W. Stroud and the rear row (left to right) are 48196 L/Cpl William George Thomas M.M., 48186 L/Cpl David J Samuel M.M., 48221 Pte Oliver Young M.M. and 48626 Pte J Probert M.M. 

Officers of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance 15/09/1916

We have identified the Officers in the photograph above as front row (left to right) Capt. Andrew W ("Pa") Anderson, Lieut. (later major) John Burke and Capt. Albert Jones (later D.S.O. M.C.) and rear row (left to right) Lt. Robert A.G (R.A.G.) Elliott and Lt. Douglas C. M. Page

 

3 men of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance

Does anyone know the names of these men - note the crest of the St John Ambulance Association being worn on the left forearm.

Fred ? and Jim ?

With kind permission of Helen Cleaves - Granddaughter of 48542 Pte James Cleaves. Photograph of 48207 Pte Frederick H Watkin and  48559 L/Cpl Trevor Nicholas M.M. 

 

Four men of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance

With kind permission of Helen Cleaves - Granddaughter of 48542 Pte James Cleaves.

Can anyone identify any of the men in this photograph?

 

The following five photographs are with the very kind permission of Eleanor, Granddaughter of 48192 Sgt Ernest Sweeting M.M.

Rear row: L/Cpl Blackall, S/Sgt Williams, Sgt E T Owen, L/Cpl Sweeting

Front row: Sgt Sumpton, Pte Ll Jones, Pte C W Jarman & Ginger the Mascot.

48192 Cpl E Sweeting - standing centre - can anyone identify the other men. Photograph probably taken in late 1915 before the Unit embarked for France.

The Sweeting brothers. 48192 Cpl E Sweeting (later Sgt)- seated on left, 48246 LCpl Harold Sweeting who served with the 129th Fld Amb and was invalided due to sickness and discharged in September 1916 and standing is 48622 Pte Christopher Sweeting who was commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in September 1918.

48192 Cpl E Sweeting crouching on far left.

 

 48579 Sgt/Maj G T Davies & 48192 Sgt E Sweeting in 1918.     

 48098 Pte William Coleman MM

This photograph is reproduced by kind permission of Mrs Marjorie Coleman, daughter of 48098 Pte William Coleman M.M who is pictured seated on the far left, with Sergeants stripes and proudly wearing this medal. As this photograph shows, many of the men who served in the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance went back to serve in the St John Ambulance after the war.

 

'Old Boys' of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance

 This photograph is produced here by kind permission of the Ogmore Valley Local History & Heritage Society.  If anyone can identify any of the men in this photograph, please do be in contact. 

48128 Sgt F B Sumption & Sgt Maj W Stroud

This photograph is produced here by kind permission Mary, daughter of 48128 Sgt Francis B Sumption. Sitting are 48071 Sgt Major William Stroud (left) and 48128 Sgt Francis B Sumption (right) and standing are 48118 QmSgt Archibald J Griffiths (left) and 48592 Sgt Thomas C Price (right). Both 48128 Sgt Francis B Sumption (A Section) and 48592 Sgt Thomas C Price along with 48227 Sgt Louis C Cohen were the dispensers of the Unit.

We are most grateful to have been allowed access to the letters of 48128 Sgt Francis B Sumption which cover the period from January 1915 until early 1917. They contain almost a page for a day of detailed description of the activities of the Unit and are a most fantastic addition to our knowledge.