Date added: 14 Aug 2014
Mrs Mary Larner's father, Frank Skutt, was born in 1890 and was first recognised for his first aid work in 1925 when he was awarded a Cup Winner's medal. In 1938 he was presented with a medal for 15 years of service, and between the years of 1927 to when he died in 1953 he was awarded a link to form a chain for each examination he passed.
Frank worked for the Great Western Railway (GWR) and Mary remembers him telling the family one day that another man had been hit on the back of the head with a shovel full of hot coals and that he had been the first one on the scene and treated him for his injuries. This was in the days of triangular bandages and wooden splints - much of the equipment used today had not been invented then! He taught his children how to tie a 'St John's Sling', and from his handbook they learned the names of bones from a diagram of a skeleton. When Dettol (a bespoke antiseptic and disinfectant) was first issued to replace iodine he was really thrilled! Mary says that she can still remember much of what he taught them.
He died in April 1953 after becoming ill, and is remembered with much love.