Stratton Ambulance Trophy

Cambridge District Scout Archive

In 1926 Professor Stratton (Gonville & Caius College)(Chairman)  provided a Trophy for a County first aid competition.  This was called an Ambulance Trophy.

The Trophy pictured below dates from 1965, a time when the competition appears to have reorganised. District heats were conducted and the winner or winners entered for the County Competition.   This had Scout and Senior Scout later VSU sections which may have echoed the County level competition.  This would help explain the discrepancies between the trophy and the records from other sources.

It is not clear for which Section or Districts this particular trophy was intended.

District Archive Collection

It has two plates on the back one engraved.  The list of winners is given below.

County results were not always prominently recorded if District teams did not feature amongst the top teams.  As with many other passing congratulations the details were not always clearly given.

The winners of the various competitions are by no means clear.  The names taken from the pictured trophy are definite; those from before the 1965 shift to heats and senior sections are less certain.

Before this trophy: from various sources

  • 1928 4th Cambridge
  • 1930                13th Cambridge (winning £5 worth of goods)
  • 1932                1st Leverington
  • 1937 7th Cambridge
  • 1950 23rd Cambridge
  • 1951                23rd Cambridge
  • 1952 7th Cambridge
  • 1953                7th Cambridge
  • 1954                28th Cambridge
  • 1955                5th Cambridge
  • 1957 7th Cambridge
  • 1958                7th Cambridge
  • 1959                7th Cambridge

From this Trophy:

1st Cowlinge 1965
1st Ely 1966
1st Shelford & Stapleford 1967
7th Cambridge 1968
Melbourne & Meldreth 1969
x 1970
14th Wisbech 1971
1st Whittlesey 1972
1st Cowlinge 1973
1st Cowlinge 1974
4th Wisbech Leverington 1975
4th Wisbech Leverington 1976
4th Wisbech Leverington 1977
2nd March 1978
2nd Wisbech 1979
1st Cowlinge 1980
2nd Newmarket 1981
Linton & Abington 1982
2nd Newmarket 1983
2nd Newmarket 1984
2nd Newmarket 1985
10th Wisbech 1986
1st Histon 1987
32nd Cambridge 1988
2nd Soham 1989
32nd Cambridge 1990
32nd Cambridge 1991
2nd Soham 1992
From 1932

1949  Competition for teams of six with total age of 90.  Standard to be the Senior Scout Ambulance Badge

Competition details from 1965, 66, 67, 68 for Senior Scouts in the District are in Archives.

5th Cambridge winners 1955

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick John Marrian Stratton DSO OBE TD DL FRS PRAS (1881-1960), Professor of Astrophysics and a decorated British Army officer, active in both World Wars.  Active in Cambridgeshire County Scouts.

JWR Archivist Feb 2019