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Contributed by 
cambsaction
People in story: 
Hillary Henderson
Location of story: 
London (kensington)
Background to story: 
Royal Air Force
Article ID: 
A7355621
Contributed on: 
28 November 2005

I worked at St Stevens hospital (Fulham) and lived with friends at Troy Court, a block of flats. One night during the blitz the main water and sewage pipes were broken by a bomb so no water or no loo. Washing was a problem, I used the water from my hot water bottle. When it came to spending a penny, not at all easy to avoid doing, I had to get on my bike and get to the hospital, and then comfort at last. Troy Court was in Kensington High Street so it took me about 20 mins to get to work. On arriving the porters all chatted and wanted to know what the night was like, how I was. I finally had to say 'I must go, i'm in dire need to visit the WC.'

We got very tired as we had little sleep, our Super Tendent found an empty nurses bed, then the physio's got some sleep, that however did not work because if we fell asleep we could not be woken, that was stopped.

The war had an excellent effect on people, in one way every one wanted to help everyone else in anyway they could, a remarkable spirit.

I joined the WAAF after the hospital was hit 3 times, which meant nine wards being ruined. A couple of WAAF we decided to go to the cinema, in the queue for buing our tickets we discussed what price, when the people in front of us got their tickets they turned to us and gave us 2 tickets, all very touching.

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