Donald Bain Ambulance Shield

The Durham Mines Inspection District Ambulance League awarded the Donald Bain Challenge Shield for the best ambulance team from 1904 until 1950. Richard Donald Bain was the H.M. Inspector of Mines for the Durham District around the turn of the century.

Ironstone miners from Cleveland competed against each other in a local division, before one representative was sent to the finals in Durham to compete against the winners of the other divisions, made up of coal miners and lead miners.

Local ironstone miners first had success in 1905 when miners from Lumpsey (Brotton) won, South Skelton won in 1911, followed by Great Ayton in 1914.

(Great) Ayton Mines – Winners 1914

A few years later in 1918, miners from Upleatham Mine (in New Marske) were victorious.

Upleatham Mine – Winners 1918
Donald Bain Shield being paraded through New Marske

Loftus won in 1926, Eston in 1934 and North Skelton in 1938.

The last mention I’ve seen is that around 1950 the Donald Bain Shield was transferred to the National Coal Board, and became the trophy for the team winning the final of the Durham Division.

The medal given to individuals

This is a different competition to the “Wharton Shield” which I will address in a later post.

5 thoughts on “Donald Bain Ambulance Shield

  1. I was part of the ICI Wilton Apprentice First Aid Team in the late 70’s and remember competing for this trophy at the Scientific Institute that used to be on Corporation Road in Middlesbrough, Does anyone recall Frank Wailing/Whaling.
    He was the team trainer for ICI Wilton Teams The good looking kid front left is my good self. Front R-L Gary Guess, David Vickers, ? Training Centre Manager, ? Paul Wilson? Back L-R John Hustwitt, Paul Rasmussen. Heady Days back in the 70’s…….
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  2. I was part of the ICI Wilton Apprentice First Aid Team in the late 70’s and remember competing for this trophy at the Scientific Institute that used to be on Corporation Road in Middlesbrough, Does anyone recall Frank Wailing/Whaling.
    He was the team trainer for ICI Wilton Teams The good looking kid front left is my good self. Front R-L Gary Guess, David Vickers, ? Training Centre Manager, ? Paul Wilson? Back L-R John Hustwitt, Paul Rasmussen. Heady Days back in the 70’s…….

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    • I’ve ben following that up with both NEIMME and the St Johns Ambulance Museum in London, I suspect its there but their contact email currently just says closed due to covid.

  3. I’ve a photo of two men and a shield passed down through the family for many years, the family story was that it was for mine rescue work or first aid at Brandon mine. One of the men being a relative Mr.Thomas James Palin.
    I first found reference to an ambulance team winning the Donald Bain Shield in the book the History of Brandon by Laurie Moran, and then found this article and could confirm it was the same shield. The two men in my photo are also wearing the individual medal as fobs. Putting all the pieces together the photo is Brandon Ambulance team 1908 winners of the Donald Bain Shield.
    Thanks to your artical and photos I know lots more about my photo.

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