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The St John's Ambulance Corps marching past the Nags Head on Chesterfield Road, Staveley. Mr Elliott is leading the parade and Philip Elliott (son?) is on the extreme right. They are possibly celebrating the end of World War II in Europe. On 7th May 1945 General Jodl signed an unconditional surrender at Reims. However, the Second World War continued until the Japanese Army surrendered on 2 September 1945. St John's Ambulance was set up by the British Order of St. John, a group who cares for the sick in the Hospitaller tradition. Throughout the Industrial Revolution work related accidents were frequent but victims rarely saw a doctor in time, and death or disability from untreated injuries were commonplace. Members of the British Order wanted to find a way to help. They decided to train ordinary people in First Aid so accident victims could be treated quickly on the spot. In 1877, they set up St. John Ambulance to provide this emergency medical care in an organised way.