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Background imageDrill Collection: Poster for Welsh Guards

Poster for Welsh Guards
Smart men wanted to join the Welsh Guards, pictured here in full uniform during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at St. James Palace

Background imageDrill Collection: Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving compass instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageDrill Collection: Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall
Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

Background imageDrill Collection: Blacksmiths outside their forge

Blacksmiths outside their forge
A superb photograph of six Blacksmiths and coachbuilders posing for a photograph outside their forge/workshop, each holding the tools of their trade

Background imageDrill Collection: Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving knotting and splicing instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageDrill Collection: GLC-London Fire Brigade, Clerkenwell fire station

GLC-London Fire Brigade, Clerkenwell fire station
Originally built in 1870, Clerkenwell fire station underwent a major rebuild in 1916 and two additional fire engine bays were added

Background imageDrill Collection: The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour

The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour
circa 1910s

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here a fireman is undertaking a hook ladder drill on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth. Here they are undertaking hook ladder drills on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station

LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station
Pictured at Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth SE1, an example of an 1930 enclosed London pump with carried breathing apparatus

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder

LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder
Lambeths (D61) turntable ladder at its base station, displayed in the Brigade headquarters drill yard. The hose line, when the TL is used as a water tower

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB AFS Green Goddess pump, Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB AFS Green Goddess pump, Lambeth HQ
A typical AFS (government design) Green Goddess pump, at drill in the yard of Brigade Headquarters station, Lambeth. Created prior to the outbreak of WW2

Background imageDrill Collection: Detachment of The Black Watch in Dundee, Scotland

Detachment of The Black Watch in Dundee, Scotland
Threatening encounters between rioters and the police in Dundee, Scotland, brought a large detachment of The Black Watch to the city

Background imageDrill Collection: Air Raid Drills at the Windmill Theatre

Air Raid Drills at the Windmill Theatre
At the Windmill Theatre, London, the showgirls are given a crash course in fire-fighting and first aid. 1940

Background imageDrill Collection: Childrens Exercise Drill at Cleevedon Toddlers Home, South

Childrens Exercise Drill at Cleevedon Toddlers Home, South
Staff take young children through an exercise drill at the Cleevedon Toddlers Home, South Norwood, run by the Reformatory and Rescue Union (later known as the Childrens Aid Society)

Background imageDrill Collection: Glasgow Fire Drill Competition, Scotland

Glasgow Fire Drill Competition, Scotland
The Springburn team of firemen participating in a fire drill competition in Glasgow, Scotland. circa 1911

Background imageDrill Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill

Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill
Uniformed boys on the deck of the Training Ship Exmouth perform dumb bell drill. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment

Background imageDrill Collection: Filling a Tooth

Filling a Tooth
A rather bored-looking young dentist fills his clients tooth with the aid of a small dental mirror

Background imageDrill Collection: Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ

Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB horse drawn 75ft turntable ladder (TL)

LCC-LFB horse drawn 75ft turntable ladder (TL)
Shand Mason (Blackfriars) supplied the London Fire Brigade with this hand operated 75 foot turntable ladder on a four wheel horse drawn carriage

Background imageDrill Collection: Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Firefighter during hook ladder practice. Date: 1967

Background imageDrill Collection: Copper Miners Strike - Calumet, Michigan, USA

Copper Miners Strike - Calumet, Michigan, USA. Industrial action by Copper Miners of the Western Federation of Miners. Workers were concerned of being displaced to a lower-paying job or of losing

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB Fire engines in the HQ drill yard

LCC-LFB Fire engines in the HQ drill yard
Lambeth fire station appliances in the drill yard together with senior officer staff cars, and a lorry delivering stores

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit firemen training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit firemen training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here the recruit squad are rescuing by carrying down on the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder pitched to the third

Background imageDrill Collection: Fire station drill, hook ladder and 50 foot escape ladder

Fire station drill, hook ladder and 50 foot escape ladder
Regular training continued at all London fire stations during WW2, though it was unusual for a sub-station to have a drill tower

Background imageDrill Collection: Greens Motors charabanc outing, Haverfordwest, South Wales

Greens Motors charabanc outing, Haverfordwest, South Wales
A Greens Motors charabanc outing, with five charabancs in total, makes its way through the streets of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Background imageDrill Collection: Finsbury Rifles recruiting HQ, North London, WW1

Finsbury Rifles recruiting HQ, North London, WW1
Finsbury Rifles recruiting headquarters and drill hall, 17 Penton Street, Islington, North London, around the start of the First World War. Date: circa 1914

Background imageDrill Collection: LFB-AFS convoy and fire exercise

LFB-AFS convoy and fire exercise
Part of the Civil Defence Corps until it was disbanded in the late 1960s, the Auxiliary Fire Service consisted of volunteer firefighters who would attend a fire station for drill and training

Background imageDrill Collection: LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ

LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ
Lambeths (D61) pump at its base station, on display in Brigade headquarters drill yard. Side mounted pump outlets together with hose-reel tubing and two hook ladders can be seen

Background imageDrill Collection: Massey Shaw fireboat demonstrates pumping

Massey Shaw fireboat demonstrates pumping
Moored at its Blackfriars river station on the Victoria Embankment, the newly commissioned Massey Shaw fireboat demonstrates its massive pumping capacity by discharging a vast amount of water

Background imageDrill Collection: Jumping Sheet Drill - London Fire Brigade

Jumping Sheet Drill - London Fire Brigade Date: circa 1940s

Background imageDrill Collection: Jealousy by H. M. Bateman

Jealousy by H. M. Bateman
A dental patient sits prone in a the dentists chair with his mouth wide open while his dentist is momentarily distracted by the sight of workmen with much bigger drills across the road

Background imageDrill Collection: Hiking Outfits Advert

Hiking Outfits Advert
Advert for Lang & Norton, specialists in British made hiking outfits, including sensible walking shoes, khaki drill shorts and natty sleeveless pullovers

Background imageDrill Collection: Montenegro Soldiers

Montenegro Soldiers
Montengro soldiers at their weekly drill and inspection of weapons

Background imageDrill Collection: Barnardos Fire Drill, Woodford Bridge

Barnardos Fire Drill, Woodford Bridge
A boy is carried down a ladder during a fire drill at the Barnardos boys home at Woodford Bridge, Essex. Date: Date unknown

Background imageDrill Collection: Finsbury Rifles Dart Club, North London

Finsbury Rifles Dart Club, North London
Group photo, Finsbury Rifles Dart Club outside their headquarters and drill hall, 17 Penton Street, Islington, North London. Date: 1930

Background imageDrill Collection: Officers Training Corps, Rugby School, WW1

Officers Training Corps, Rugby School, WW1
The Officer Training Corps at Rugby School going through a drill in 1915. Date: 1915

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB battery-electric pump-escape at Southwark

LCC-LFB battery-electric pump-escape at Southwark
An early electric wheeled escape ladder vehicle, Cedes battery-driven pump/50ft escape, based at Bow fire station, seen here in the drill yard at Southwark Headquarters

Background imageDrill Collection: LCC-LFB battery-electric pump-escape at Southwark HQ

LCC-LFB battery-electric pump-escape at Southwark HQ
An early electric wheeled ladder escape vehicle, a Cedes battery-driven pump/50 foot escape, based at Bow fire station, seen here in the drill yard of Southwark Headquarters

Background imageDrill Collection: LFB-AFS parade for an exercise

LFB-AFS parade for an exercise
Part of the Civil Defence Corps, until it was disbanded in the late 1960s, the Auxiliary Fire Service consisted of volunteer firefighters who would attend a fire station for drill and training

Background imageDrill Collection: Hardy Patent Pick Co. patent hand boring machine 1890s

Hardy Patent Pick Co. patent hand boring machine 1890s
Patent hand boring machine, for rock and coal, produced by Hardy Patent Pick Co, works in Sheffield. Date: 1890s

Background imageDrill Collection: Gas drill in Australia, two people in gas masks, WW1

Gas drill in Australia, two people in gas masks, WW1
Two people wearing gas masks hug each other after a successful gas drill at a Military Training Camp in Australia during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageDrill Collection: The Hardy Simplex road drill, Hardy Patent Pick

The Hardy Simplex road drill, Hardy Patent Pick Company, Sheffield

Background imageDrill Collection: The Hardy Simplex, early 1900s

The Hardy Simplex, early 1900s

Background imageDrill Collection: HMS Terrible, repelling borders drill, Royal Navy

HMS Terrible, repelling borders drill, Royal Navy, probably circa 1900 (hand coloured photo)

Background imageDrill Collection: Fire drill, Rusell Hill Schools, Purley, Victorian period

Fire drill, Rusell Hill Schools, Purley, Victorian period

Background imageDrill Collection: Fire drill, Warehousemen and Clerks Schools, Russell

Fire drill, Warehousemen and Clerks Schools, Russell Hill, Purley

Background imageDrill Collection: Royal Navy sailors shore drill preparing for a

Royal Navy sailors shore drill preparing for a cavalry charge with a machine gun



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