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Memories of St Bart's Hospital, Rochester, in 1943

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:13 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

In the war years, I started school when I was 5 years old. Bombs were dropping everywhere. I was 8 in 1943 and was taken into St Bart's Hospital, Rochester, and I was scared. The soldiers plastered the windows over with tape, and then there was Nurse West - she used to kiss me on the forehead every night and then one night she missed me, and she was killed that night on the low road in Rochester by a bomb dropping in the river. When I asked the nurse the next day, she told me she wasn't available because she was working on another ward, but this wasn't true.

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Norman Lake, Nurse West

Person who shared the story/items

Norman Lake

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Norman Lake is the contributor, Nurse West treated him in St Bart's Hospital, Rochester, in 1943

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Shared at Medway Archives Centre, Kent on 8 November 2023.

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96442 | MED008a