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The courageous people of Plymouth

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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)

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