Teenager relives moment he tried to save a man’s life outside St Neots club

Assault victim John Lord, of Little Paxton

Assault victim John Lord, of Little Paxton - Credit: Archant

A TEENAGER has told how he tried to save a man’s life outside a St Neots club.

George Watson, 16, said he was cycling home from a work shift at 10.30pm on December 14 when he saw two people outside the Tudor Rose Club, in Huntingdon Street.

He said they were standing over John Lord, who had been knocked unconscious and had a severe head injury.

Mr Lord, as reported last week, was taken to hospital but died on Monday, March 3.

However, if it had not been for the actions of George, a cadet of the 2500 (St Neots) Squadron Air Training who was trained in first aid, Mr Lord, 59, may not have survived the night.

“When I got there, the two people who went to help hadn’t touched him yet,” George told The Hunts Post. “I checked his pulse and checked he was breathing. His pulse was very weak. A woman from the takeaway opposite came out and asked how she could help. I asked her for a towel which I held up against his wound on the back of his head – the wound was about three inches long.

“I kept talking to him to see if he was conscious. The other two people were on the phone to the ambulance and kept updating me to where it was. They tried to get a response from the club to see if they had a first aid kit, but no one came to the door.

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“He stopped breathing a couple of times but just as I was about to give mouth-to-mouth, his chest would start rising again.”

He added: “When the ambulance arrived, John had just about regained consciousness. They put a blood pressure monitor on him and they said that it was so low that if I hadn’t been holding the towel against his head that he wouldn’t have survived.”

There is still no information about how Mr Lord, from Little Paxton, was injured. It is believed that he was attacked by three people – and possibly hit with a brick. Witnesses are urged to contact the police on 101 with any information they have.

George, who hopes to join the Royal Marines, said he came forward with his story in the hope it will jog someone’s memory.

Mr Lord’s widow, Janet, 56, praised George: “His parents should be proud of him. He is a credit to teenagers. He has really helped me by talking to me about the night.”

INFORMATION: John Lord’s funeral will take place at Bedford Crematorium at 2.30pm on Thursday, April 4, followed by a wake at the St Neots RAFA club.