The Thanet Advertiser October 9th 1915
The Mayor of Ramsgate announced that the Thanet Motor Ambulance paid for by public subscription was complete and ready for the Front. The ambulance would leave the premises of F J Wraight, the coach-builder on Monday and would be taken to Ramsgate Fire Station for public inspection 10am until 11am. The vehicle was built according to the latest model and would accommodate a driver, attendant and eight patients.
Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills
Following the early death of her father Janet Stancomb and her sister were adopted by their uncle, Sir William Henry Wills. The Wills family amassed their vast fortune in the 18th century in the tobacco trade when slave produced tobacco was imported to Bristol from the American Republic. It was not until the Crimean War that cigarettes were smoked in any great quantity by the British, and they generally became popular in 1870. This was the age when it was not considered “the done thing” to smoke in front of ladies, and there was no smoking on trains. The Wills factory started producing “Bristol” cigarettes in 1871.
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