I have attached a photo of the Wath Joint Rescue team, I imagine it was taken 1910-20 (ish). I bought it on a whim many years ago and I have just found it again. My great Grandfather, Alfred William Perry, was a miner in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (probably Hanley Deep) before he became a Policeman in 1899! He is not in the picture, in fact I have no pictures of him as a young man. It seems a great tragedy that these gems of social history get scattered to the four winds, or worse. If I find anything else I will send it on, keep up the good work!
William Charles Winch, 3rd from the left wearing the uniform, he set up and trained the teams from 1908, he looks a little younger on this picture (see below).
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- Third from the left William Charles Winch (Sgt. Instructor) He was involved in training men in 'new' rescue techniques since the inception of the Rescue Station in 1908.
- Second from the left is his son, my grandfather, William George Newcombe Winch
(known as George because he had the same first name as his father).
- Fifth from the left and wearing a tie is a Mr Poole
according to my Great Aunt Glady's photo album