During May 1964 Fochriw Ambulance Division competed at Bridgend and gained first place thus winning the Dr. Turner Cup. They went on to represent the Riches Corps at a further competition which was held in Cardiff for the Llandinam Shield. On the same day, the same team gained first place at the annual ambulance competitions, sponsored by the Gelligaer Urban Council, held at the Ambulance Hall, Bargoed, and won the Dr. Bowen Owen Cup. Fochriw finished 28 points ahead of their nearest rivals. The team members are: I. Morgan (capt), A.G. Reed, G. Edwards, G. Coles, R.G. Coggan.
The St John’s Ambulance History of Wales books from 1877 to 1945 only mentions the following details regarding Fochriw.
The members of Dowlais Corps (to which Fochriw belonged) were responsible for inventing the underground ambulance carriage. It ran along the underground main roads and was operated by horse power. With this carriage it was possible to remove an injured man from the scene of the accident in at least a quarter of the time it would have taken to carry him out.
St John’s Ambulance Brigade Dowlais Corps NoXI District.
I the undersigned, W J Payne, licensed motor driver, Fochriw, agree with the above corps to the following scale of payments for driving the Fochriw Colliery Motor Ambulance car when it is used for other purposes than conveying patients from the colliery to their home or hospital.
For all such cases, when not paid by Messrs Guest Keen & Nettlefolds Ltd, irrespective of distance, six shillings for the double journey.
For taking the car to Merthyr for repairs after working hours, and when not paid by Messrs Guest Keen & Nettlefolds Ltd, two shillings and six pence per journey.
As witnessed my signature this day of 1916
Signed on behalf of the Corps Arthur Lucas Secretary.