Percy English

Photo:Receiving the Insignia from the Lord Prior of St John, Earl Cathcart

Receiving the Insignia from the Lord Prior of St John, Earl Cathcart

A lifetime of service

By John Marlow

The Local History Society has recently received the superb photograph album of the late Percy English of Hatching Green, Superintendent of the Harpenden St John Ambulance Brigade.

The album includes photos of his outstanding service over 44 years; Commendations from the Queen relating to his promotions - eventually to Commander (Brother) of the Order of St John; and other memorabilia including fulsome testimonials on his retirement.

It also includes photos of the Cadets under training, parades and events at Flowton Priory, and at work in his garden and in the garden of the Priory.

The Society is indebted to Mrs Jill Hunt, also a long-serving St John's member, who has been looking after the album since it was forwarded on to her by Percy`s niece, Mrs Bygrave. It will in future be available for inspection in the History Room at Park Hall.

This page was added by John Marlow on 25/02/2011.
Comments about this page

What an extremely long service career! Mr English sounds like an interesting character.

By Kate Lightman
On 28/02/2011

I had the pleasure of knowing Percy English for many years and photographed him at the VE Day celebrations held on May 7th, 1995. Percy was one of the many veterans who marched that day. He had formerly served in the Royal Artillery.

By John Olley
On 21/03/2011

A close neighbour to us on Hatching Green, I will never forget Mr. English bringing me an ice cream when I was rather ill with measles. Such a treat, such a kind and thoughtful man. 

By Helen Cheshire
On 15/12/2015