Posts tagged ‘Harry James’

August 16th, 2017

Nurses at Sea

Three  Nursing Friends go to sea on a Hospital Ship 

by Harry James

VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachments) 1st Class Annabel ‘Hazey’ Hazlebrooke, Moira Bettison and Victoria ‘Vicky’ Mates had become the closest possible friends over the past 7 years; they worked together, they laughed and cried together, they enjoyed the good times together and supported each other through the tough times. Their friendship had begun when they had entered training as nurses in Spring 1937 as 18 year olds, though the oldest, Hazey, turned 19 only a few weeks later, she was a full 10 months older than Vicky and 8 months older than Moira. It was now February 1944 and the girls, as they still called themselves, were nursing as VADs on board a Hospital Ship.
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