A recent picture of the Jarrow Division of the St John Ambulance took us back to the era when many shipyards and similar centres of heavy industry encouraged first aid training among their employees.
Often, they were the first responders in any accident.
So it’s since been nice to be able to put a name to one of the faces on that picture, which encapsulates that very ethos.
One of the chaps on the photo was John ‘Jack’ Cain, who served with the division for many years – in fact, he was presented with his long-service medal just a year before his death in 1961.
Jack lived in Stothard Street, Jarrow, and worked at Palmer’s shipyard, where he was ambulanceman.
During the Second World War, he served as an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden and, as such, helped to deal with the aftermath of the heavy air raid on the Princess Street area which claimed a number of lives.