With his parents, older sister and younger brother, Dave moved to Laindon from London in 1951 to a bungalow called “Cotswold” in Buller Road. This house was later demolished to make way for the new houses that were built when Devonshire Road was further developed and extended southwards in the 1950s’.
Being a new boy on the block and being encouraged by school friend Donald Tyler he joined the Laindon Division of the St. John Amulance Brigade in 1952.
|Don & Dave||Don & Dave on parade|
With many other young like minded people from the area they were kept busy at the St. John Ambulance Headquarters on the A127 Arterial Road on the London bound side west of The Fortune of War roundabout. Dave left Laindon School in 1953 but continued involvement in his love of first aid throughout his life.
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Celebrations
Many cadets from Laindon and the surrounding areas joined other cadets from around the world at the Stubbers Summer Camp in Ockendon in 1953.
|Frank Price (Grays)||Don Tyler (Laindon)||Denis Parker (Grays)||Dave Peck (Laindon)||_______?|
|_______?||_______?||Barry Cutler (Laindon)|
Dave has given us a list of people he remembers at the time he spent at The St. John Brigade here in Laindon
- Jack Lambert – Superintendant.
- Ted Powell – Divisional Officer (who took over from Jack later).
- Ron Cutler – Sergeant.
- Ted Root.
- John Ross – Cadet Superintendent.
- Henry Vine – Ambulance member.
- Tommy Brown – Ambulance member.
- Vera & Sylvia Frost – Nursing Cadets.
- Sheila Gregory.
- Peter Brooks
- David Jenkins (he lived in Victoria Road)
- Norman Gilson.
Do you remember any more members?
|Johnny Ross||Colonel Page?||____ Carey||Dave Peck||_______||Vera Frost|
Dave related that driver Henry Vine and Tommy Brown were apparently the first ambulance to arrive on Canvey Island in 1953 when the disasterous floods started. They both went on to receive a Serving Brothers Award for their assistance and bravery in the tragedy.
The St. John Ambulance staff then, as now, were called to do various duties around the county, attending Speedways, Fetes, Football Matches, Carnivals and many other public events.
Dave married Margaret Ann Camp in 1961 and went on to have two daughters and a son. Margaret’s father was Sergeant Bernard Camp stationed at Laindon Police Station. He also remembers a Police Sergeant Reid and PC Wilfred Reed serving at the same station in Laindon High Road.
Dave Peck went on to do 43 years service in total for the St. John Ambulance Brigade. He moved to the Southend Division where he rose to the position of Acting Superintendent. Over the years he enjoyed doing competitions and won many awards thoughout his time in the force. He was also a First Aid Instructor.
Among some of the duties he was involved in were:-
- The Ilford Poll Tax Riots
- Prince Charles and Diana’s Wedding
- Southend Police Duties
- Caretaker Deputy Superintendant of Southend
- Teaching First Aid to the public and Life Boat Crews
- Adult Industrial first aid at Chelmsford St. John Headquarters.
The pictures Dave has allowed us to put on the site are from his own personal collection.
Do you have any photos from this time or know any names of the locals in any of the pictures above?
Please feel free to add any comments or memories.