Digital story created by St John members Chloe Hallam and Rhys Braisdell from Wrexham Division. The story features Wrexham’s oldest member Mr Reg Williams MBE who is still in uniform. View transcript
He joined cadets in 1936 then aged 11, and was driving the ambulances at 17. During his service he has attended many prestigious events, including being on duty outside for the St Paul’s Cathedral for the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981. He was awarded a Priory Vote of Thanks in 1960, and awarded a Serving Brother in 1983.
In 1995 Reg was awarded an MBE, this was presented by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. This he took in his stride, but having it announced to a large crowd at the Wrexham racecourse at the next home match, shocked him. When officially retired at the age of 70, a special night was arranged at the headquarters in prices lane. Reg was taken off out the way, while everything was organized. Jean his wife was brought down in secret and the room was assembled. On his return he entered the room and was surprised to find everyone there. He was presented with a retirement mug and everyone enjoyed a great party. In his years of service Reg has served as a cadet, a member, he served many years as officer in charge and he is still in uniform as a member of the fellowship.
Rhys and Chloe’s report on interview with Reg Williams MBE
“We interviewed Mr Reg Williams MBE about the past history of his life as a cadet and his history of his life. We interviewed him with a question sheet, we asked him numerous questions and recorded the interview. We then used audio to edit the recording of his past history and life. We found out a lot of information about St John life eg. about the old uniform etc. The interview was very interesting and we found out a lot of things we didn’t know before hand.”