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Nurse Kathleen "Duggie" Dugdale
from:BlackburnHere I was, a 17 year old girl who put a black X through the countries on a map of Europe as they fell to the enemy forces advancing closer to England. I was working as a young nurse, alone, and in charge of a ward in a childrens' hospital. Every night, the air raid sirens would sound and it was my duty to take all the children out of their cots, in darkness, and place them underneath to protect them from flying glass and worse. The children were all happy and excited and it was a nearly impossible job to keep my little charges still! On top of it, I had to put babies in a gas apparatus and hand pump air into it. It held two babies. If there were more than two babies, I had to choose only two. Wouldn't you have it, the Matron's bedroom was right over the ward. In the middle of my running around, she would ring down and state, "Can't you keep those children quiet?" Every night. Oh bless us and spare us!
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