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The courageous people of Plymouth

by Genevieve

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Contributed by 
Genevieve
People in story: 
Alice Nicholson
Location of story: 
Plymouth
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5965725
Contributed on: 
30 September 2005

I was a probation nurse at the City Hospital, during the War. In 1943 Plymouth was bombed on three consecutive nights, it always started at 9pm just in time for the night nurses to start their duties.
This particular night we heard the bombers overhead and we were trying to console the patients everything would be alright, when there was a terrific bang and we were told the kitchens had received a direct hit with the loss of many lives.
The liaison between everyone was amazing - we were now a very large hospital without the means of feeding anyone.
No-one was left hungry. Without delay the Army Field Kitchen was installed in the open space. The soldiers had food ready for everyone and continued until the hospital made other arrangements.
Plymouth during the Blitz was a city of the most amazing and courageous people. Everyone helped everyone.

I'm proud to be of that generation.

Alice Nicholson (85)

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Genevieve Tudor of the BBC Radio Shropshire and CSV Action Desk on behalf of Alice Nicholson and has been added to to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

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