• Short Summary

    Footage of women ambulance drivers performing exercises to keep fit.

  • Description

    Note: Location of events unknown, but possibly London.


    Various shots, group of women ambulance drivers wearing strange mixture of uniform and civilian clothes, marching into square, doing P.T. exercises and then marching out again. M/S Ambulances, which are converted commandeered delivery lorries, being driven past camera.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathe
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:47:00 / 01:10:27:00

Comments (4)

  1. shalimited says

    This clip was filmed in Dolphin Square, Grosvenor Rd., London, SW1- a very exclusive housing ' estate'. The ladies are all members of the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service, Station No 44, which was located in the underground garage here. The staff were located at Flat 06 of Beatty House and Rooms 1/4 of Raleigh House. Uniforms were not issued to the ladfises of the LAAS until 1941- until then all they were given was a lapel badge and a waterproof long coat. A great piece of film, starring very brave ladies who are largely forgotten.

  2. sidoniebb says

    Hi, we are looking for my maternal grandmother who lived at Dolphin Square during and after WW2 and we believe drove an ambulance. Her name was either Valerie or Violet, possibly with the surname Davies or Davis. Do you have any model release info from this film? Or indeed any other information that could help us in our research?
    Many thanks
    Sidonie Beresford-Browne

  3. AdamBBrowne says

    To add to, and update, my sister\'s comment from last year:

    Our maternal grandmother was Valerie Browne, married to Charles Bernard Browne. They lived in Keyes, Hawkins and Hood houses at Dolphin Square in the late 1940\'s and throughout 1950\'s until her death in 1958.

    Her maiden name was Violet Davis, but she hated the name Violet and used Valerie instead.

    Before living with Charles, she lived with her friend Frances \'Frankie\' Reidy, who went on to marry film director Michael Powell.

    If anyone reading this can offer any information about our grandmother, we would dearly like to hear from you. Please contact me at geologist@postmaster.co.uk.

    Thank you,

  4. Chris Salaman says

    The two vans shown acting as temporary ambulances are a Fordson Thames Model 61, followed by an Austin K30. Both were 25/30cwt. carrying capacity and unlike many of the subsequent London Auxiliary Ambulance Service fleet (which were converted large private motor cars), were both purpose built commercial chassis.

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