British civilian nurse served with Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps in Korea, 1952-1953.
REEL 1 Background in Chesterfield, GB: education; training as nurse at Sheffield Children's Hospital and nature of duties, 1939-1942; description of uniform; attitude to discipline; daily routine and problems of treating children; care of uniform; conditions in hospital during war; opinion of training; story of dead child and supernatural experience.
REEL 2 Continues: attitude to war and service personnel in hospital; trained to become State Registered Nurse. Recollections of period as nurse with Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps in Korea and Japan, 1952-1953: enlistment; reasons for being sent to Korea, 1952; description of journey to Japan on troop ship; transferred to base hospital in Korea; problem of mosquitoes; nature of multi-national staff; attitude to Korean War; opinion of hospital and daily duties; description of uniform of Nursing Sister; military rank; opinion of officers' mess; clothing regulations and fashions.
REEL 3 Continues: memory of visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki; social life and friendships; story of journey to Inchon; opinion of accommodation; attitude to danger; relationship with staff and attitude to discipline; daily hospital duties; opinion of North Koreans; story of missing handbag; problem of cold weather.
REEL 4 Continues: description of duties in charge of surgical ward in Seoul; washing facilities; prioritising patients for treatment; social life; memory of Queen's Coronation ceremony in Seoul Cathedral, 6/1953; memory of visit by Lord Mountbatten; story of death of husband; memory of end of Korean War and return to GB. Various aspects of post-war life and nursing career and reflections on period of service in Korea.
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