I joined the Liverpool ambulance service in September 1972. This was after a difficult childhood in which my mum died young which led me to run away to sea at the age of 15. That did not work out and I came home; I was alone, frightened and depressed with no real prospects. When I was accepted as an ambulance cadet I quickly realised that I did not just have a job, I had a true purpose in life, goals to aim for and I felt I was part of a caring family
The Chief Ambulance Officer Albert Guinney introduced the first ambulance cadet scheme in 1964, as a result of a challenge by local M.P. Bessie Braddock who asked him what he was doing to assist the school leavers of Liverpool.
What begin in 1964 was truly a visionary youth engagement programme.
The first squad of cadets (A) began in the January of 1964 and the last squad (the second B squad) passed out September 1993. Over this length of time the cadet scheme was embraced by three ambulance services; the City of Liverpool, Mersey Metropolitan Ambulance Service and Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.
Over three hundred young men and women have donned either the purple or green cadet epaulette and hat band. Some have gone on to be senior officers in ambulance services around the country and indeed world, some have stayed “on the road” being part of the ambulance crew but all were taught well to deliver care with pride.
A Squad 1964
Roger Martin. J. Murphy. M. Evans. Richard Oswick. Gerry Gibbons. D. Beaumont.
B Squad 1964
Jim Barkley. Russ Clayton. Keith Goodall. Terry Little. Tommy McCarthy. Tommy Nolan. Bobby Norcross. Bobby (Benny) Smith. John Traynor. Chick Woodcock. Don Willis.
C Squad 1965
John Lanigan. Ronnie Laycock. Alan Schraeder. Les Riley. Bobby Farmer. Ronnie Brislen. Paul Gledhill. Ray Thomas. John Tierney
D Squad 1966
Steve McBride. Alan Gregory. Don Page. G. Donald. Phil Scott. D. Fargher. R. Bettley. R. Rushton.
E Squad 1966
Terry Kelly. Brian Peters. Steve McGaskill. T. Williams. Owen Disley. Mr. McDonald. Mr. Martin. B. Stabb
F Squad 1967
Phil Jones. Greg McGaskill. Tom Collins. D. Gorton. C. Quinn. Mr. Morgan.
G Squad 1967
Ian Fitton. Peter Hanton. Tony Cowley. Kenny Challoner. Ian Fleming. J. Hughes. Phil Smith. P. Neary. Evan Davies. Colin Roberts. Steve Davies. Graham McNamee.
H Squad 1968
John Fleet. Alan Owens. Glyn Davies. (Some names are believed missing)
I Squad 1969
Dave Temple. T. Clancy. Kenny Doyle. Steve Ellis. John Jones. Dave Kenyon. Tommy O’Hara. George Tune.
J Squad 1969
Joe Scott. Rob Jameson. Robbie Link. Rob Poynton. Paul Turton. Jack Reppion
K Squad 1970
John (Jake) Noon. John Hemphill. Dave Harris. Frank Wardale. Brendan Kelly. J. Gibbons. Harry Whitfield. Steve Hughes. Kevin Early. Pete Owens. Bobby Moore.
L Squad 1971
Steve Potter. Steve Evans. Fred Robinson. Peter Kent. Peter Whitaker. Paul Poynton.
M Squad 1972
Steve Clarke. George D’Arcy. Dave Sullivan. Billy Linacre. Peter Chapman. Gerry Wignall. Chris Gibbons. Chris Duff. Rob Fallon. Ian Mulqueeney.
N Squad 1973
Ronnie May. Glyn Brown. Steve Noonan. Frank Lang. George Ingham. Roy Mathison. Larry O’Hara.
O Squad 1974
Jeff Hughes. Brian Bannon. Paul Chapman. Alan Kennedy. Brian Jones. Nick Martin. Mr. Riley. Tony Edwards. Lol Sullivan. Geoff Tyrer.
P Squad 1975
Ronnie Schofield. Graham Kidd. Paul Ambage. Paul Townley. Ken Morgan. Glen Thorpe. Eddie Devy. Paul Crosswood. Billy Mitchell. Elwyn Jones.
Q Squad 1975
Dave Bruford. John Jennings. John Power. Phil Gerry. Mal Scott. Dave Hart. Ian Pevy. Phil Homan. Keith Arnold. Steve Marshall. Keith Knowles.
R Squad 1976
Ian Fairclough. Mick Wardale. S. Bimpson. Alan Crearie. W. Gordon. Stuart Smith
S Squad 1977
Peter Mulcahy. Dave Malloy. Steve Tague. Graham Kaye. Dave Barker. Phil Davies. Geoff Cooper. Mark Slocombe Phil Yarrel Keith Knowles Kenny Pruden
Dave Cliffe. Ian Carville. Nev White. Dave Lee. Geoff Mercer. Pete Mercer. Ian Wilkinson. Gary Ford. Frankie Chellew. Ray Lunt. Bob Davies.
U Squad 1980
David Johnson. Bobby Graham. Mike Jackson. Cliff Adams. John Ormandy. Stuart Ryall. Alan Gadd. Colin Atherton. Ken Russell Andy Beasley.
V Squad 1982
Joe Barrett. Pete McCarthy. Alan Davies. Timmy Hannah. Carl. McCabe. Alan. Hughes. Mark Knowles. Steve Rooney. Kieran Byrne. W. Croxton.
W Squad 1983
Eddie Melia. Georg Engh. Colin Askew. Mike Quirk. Tony Chaffer. Chris Vaughan. Gary McKiver. Phil Brown. Ian Smith. Tony O’Brien
X Squad 1985
Cliff Ray. Dave Keegan. Mike Enwright. Dave Preston. Ciaran Doyle. Ian Lynch. A. Morgan. R. Hussey. S. Lamb. Dave Farmer.
Y Squad 1985
Dave Seel. Ian Eckley. Mick Houghton. Alan Gibbons. Alan Woodward. Malcolm Saunders. Steve Murphy. Paul Shuttleworth. Dave Lewis.
Z Squad 1987
Andy Woods. Paul Lemmens. Gavin Bryce. Shaun Parry. Martin Hepke. Ian Moses. Yvonne Goulding. Sharon Eagleton. Paul Rigby. Mark Dutton.
A Squad 1989
Claire Glover. Joanne Smith. Denise Dixon. Belinda Jones. Jason Sefton. Darren Dempsey. Andrew Davies. Karl Hough.
B Squad 1991
Colin Whiley. Jan Barnes. Mark Cranny. Simon Churchill. Melanie Anderson. Nikki Webb. Alex Tee. Dave Buckley.
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Cadet of the Year
1966 – Keith Goodall 1967 – Phil Scott 1968 – Phil Jones 1969 – All of G squad 1970 – Dave Kenyon 1971 – Jack Reppion 1972 – Bob Jameson 1975 – Alan Kennedy 1976 – John Jennings 1979 – Ray Lunt 1981 – Stuart Ryall 1983 – Kieran Byrne 1985 – Eddie Melia 1988 – Martin Hepke 1989 – Gavin Bryce 1990 – Belinda Jones 1993 – Colin Whiley