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him greatly, & eventually he joined up & served in the war, coming through Dunkirk etc. He married young & turned into a real tyrant to his wife & daughter, but that's another story.

I digress all the time as things keep coming back to me. Anyway as I explained I started my training at New Cross Hospital, W'ton & this was a large municipal hospital of about 400-500 beds  a large maternity unit  Children's Block & Fever Block  We were "sent in at the deep end"  that is no 3 month "School" as now, but straight on to the wards, 8am — 8pm, 2 hrs off in the day, mostly lecture & study periods, ½ day a week & a day off monthly the first yr. After that if we past the Prelim test we had one evening a day off — monthly! Permission had to be obtained from "Matron" for a sleeping out pass & an address given for wherever we were staying  in by 10 pm & lights out. No boy friends allowed, no phone calls made. It was Army discipline & very strict. Any misdemeanor off to Matron's office for a telling off & possibly sent packing. Senior & Junior didn't mix