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A circular bronze and black coloured badge, with an extended curved strip along the base. The middle is enamelled black with a bronze coloured cross made from four arrow point shaped triangles with the top tips of each triangle meeting in the middle. Between the triangles are bronze coloured images of a lion, unicorn, lion and a unicorn. The rim of the badge is coloured bronze with black indented text.
The strip along the bottom has text stamped into it.

Historical information

This St John Ambulance badge with case was worn by Miss Carmen Lorenz, a member of the Armadale Womens Emergency Corps (AWEC) which operated in the local area from 1941-1945. AWEC was formed by Constable Denzil Roy Fletcher (based at the Armadale Police Station 1939-1948) with the help of his wife Sheila and Mesdames Harris and Enright during World War Two. The local volunteer unit was made up of primarily young local women who were training in first aid, how to carry an injured person on a stretcher and how to use firearms including heavy machine guns. The St John Ambulance badge was issued as part of their first aid training. Members totalled nearly 50, aged 16-20, recruited not only from Armadale, but, Kelmscott, Byford and Gosnells.



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Text around edge of badge [THE St.JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION], text on strip [A.W.E.C.]

[SHERIDAN / PERTH] on the obverse side.

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Well provenanced
City of Armadale - History House

City of Armadale - History House

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