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Wartime Nursing Experience in Newcastle

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:51 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Georgina Jenkins from County Durham trained as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Institute in Newcastle during the war. She recalled bombing over the docks there and told the story of three injured German soldiers brought there for treatment. They were kept in a separate ward. The older man (an officer) was polite and grateful to the nursing staff but the two young soldiers swore at them (which she put down to the influence of the Nazi Youth movement). One very sad memory was of a young female welder who was working inside a tank when there was an explosion. She was so badly burnt that as fast as they tried to pump plasma into her it was seeping out through the terribly damaged skin, and by morning she had died.

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Georgina Jenkins

Person who shared the story/items

Joy Avril Maisey

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Shared at Ahmadiyyah Mosque Hall, Warwickshire on 7 October 2023. The event was organised by Leamington History Group.

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94471 | LEA012-2