Matchbox Yesteryear: Y13-3-C-3 Crossley (1918) - First Aid Nursing Yeomanry Ambulance [Code 3]

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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Crossley (1918) in First Aid Nursing Yeomanry olive livery with light green cab tilt and rear tonneau. It is packed in its original type I straw coloured box. This is a Code 3 model based on the Y13-3-C-3 Carlsberg model.

The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), founded in 1907, is an all-female voluntary organisation which deploys multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.
The Corps’ founder was Edward Baker, a Warrant Officer in the 21st Lancers, who, while recuperating after being wounded in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898, thought that it would be wonderful if a group of women were able to administer first aid on the battlefield to the men before they were removed from there to the casualty clearing stations. However,it was not until September 1907 he founded and established the Corps.

Recruitment drives were held with the emphasis always on attracting young women who could already ride and who owned their own horses. However, by 1911 the Corps was being led by Grace Ashley-Smith, a feisty, no-nonsense Scottish woman, and Lilian Franklin, who became the first Commanding Officer (always known as ‘Boss’) and they helped to introduce a more practical uniform and tougher and more serious training. Early camps consisted of mainly riding and First Aid (hence the yeomanry connections and inclusion of word Yeomanry in the Corps name). A major step forward came with the Annual Camp in 1913 being held at Pirbright and which saw the Brigade of Guards taking the Corps under their wing, beginning a connection which continues to this day.

An excellent history of the Yeomanry can be found at the Corps site together with many interesting side articles (look under WWI on the sub menu) and photographs of the Corps in action (with their vehicles).

The model has no opening parts. The cab tilt and rear tonneau are light green plastic, the seats, steering wheel and radiator grille have all been painted olive green. There is no glazing. The bonnet carries "F.A.N.Y." lettering in white, the cab tilt sports a red cross on a white circular background, the rear tonneau carries the Yeomanry Ambulance logo (red cross on white circular background with white horizontal extensions to the centre), and the rear body sides have been decorated with "1st Aid Nursing Yeomanry" in white text.

Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book

Body Colour: olive body & chassis
Cab Roof: light green plastic, lightly textured
Rear Canopy: light green plastic, lightly textured
Radiator: Olive painted plastic grille with die cast, olive painted surround
Seats: Olive painted plastic
Steering Wheel: Olive painted plastic
Wheel Hubs: Olive, 12 spoke (overpainted chrome hubs)
Tyres: Black
Plated Parts: All overpainted. Gold side lamps, olive headlamps, tool box lid, etc.
Box Type: I - straw coloured window box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the "C" type rear body without cleats but with raised edges to the top and two sides of the rear body tray, type "B" front springs (additional strengthening web has been added), and the type "D" baseplate with "Matchbox © Toys Ltd" and "Crossley" instead of "RAF Tender". The base is held in place with three machined rivets (either respread or glued).

Originally issued 1983 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:47, I have no idea when this Code 3 item was produced.

Item: 3330