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harder  It really was nursing by hand so to speak, but I loved it all. There was a large ceremony at the end for the giving of certificates, wearing special caps & stripes & white gloves. How proud I was & so was my family.

War clouds were gathering & I went to Hope Hospital in Salford to do a Midwifery course  I hated it there  Salford was a dirty place & the people in the main, dirty & ignorant. Syphalis & Gonorrhea was rife, bugs & lice & extreme poverty. Sandbags & air raid shelters were being made  On the day war was declared I was on my rounds in Derby & the night before the crowds were out & Barrage balloons were being brought down by lightening & it wall partly exciting & partly scaring. I had joined the Red Cross by then & was given permission to leave at once, so started another story.

THE WAR YEARS!!