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Contributed by 
BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Pat Assender (nee Lovell)
Location of story: 
Bedfordshire
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
Article ID: 
A5940290
Contributed on: 
28 September 2005

I was in Theatre one day with a man who had a huge plaster. I wanted him to move up the table but I could not lift him as he was far too heavy. I thought he was German so I tried to communicate with him by signs. He was not responding to all my antics and a friend of mine came to me and said “What are you doing, Nurse?” I said “I am trying to get this fellow to move up the table, he’s too heavy for me”. With that he moved up the table and said “Is that all right now, Nurse?” and I said “For goodness sake why didn’t you tell me your were an Englishman!” I had been trying all that time to try and persuade him to move but I suppose he just didn’t realise that. They had just come off boats and were disoriented, also they had been given painkillers, so I thought that he just thought I had gone a bit mad making all these signs.

We had lots of fun nursing the young boys.

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