British schoolchild in London and Torquay, 1915-1921; served as VAD nurse in GB, 1939-1945.
REEL 1: Aspects of period in London and Torquay, GB, 1915-1939: story of father’s service in First World War; memory of Zeppelin raid in London; description of Armistice celebrations in Torquay, 11/1918; effects of rationing during First World War; story of father returning home after four years military service; story about burial service for Unknown Soldier, 1921; story of selling poppies with mother on Twickenham Bridge and mother making own poppies from red crepe paper; continuing involvement as poppy seller until present (2013); description of first poppies.
REEL 2 Continues: further comments on poppies; description of social life during 1930s as debutante; story of being presented to Queen Mary in throne room; attended finishing school in Paris; attitude to poverty and unemployment during 1920s and1930s; reaction to General Strike, 1926; description of further education in Winchester; story of war memorials being constructed following First World War; story of joining VADs in Carlisle and description of training at Army hospitals, 1932; attitude of Scots towards English. Aspects of period as VAD nurse in GB, 1939-1945: story of being called-up on outbreak of war, 3/Sep/1939; description of training and duties at Carlisle Nursing Home; story of family losing all but one servant; reaction to arrival of evacuees in home; story of father joining local Home Guard and reasons for leaving; description of hospital work in Manchester and St. Thomas’s Hospital, London; story of passing exams despite dyslexia; story of translating for French Foreign Legion patients and role in catching a spy; description of protecting patients during bombing raid on hospital in Manchester.
REEL 3 Continues: duties in charge of reception hospital for returning troops; description of training as midwife; story of nurses contracting TB from elderly patients at St. Thomas’s Hospital; introduction of penicillin to treat gas gangrene wounds following Normandy landings, 1944; story of suggesting improvements to method of injecting penicillin; attitude to wartime work as nurse; story about death of fiancée during war; rules of employment for married women in nursing; comparison of discipline on wards during war and now (2013); story of promotion to Sister in Outpatients Ward; description of V1 and V2 raids; story about death of brother due to poor care at hospital in GB; description of plaque at Eton recording family losses.
REEL 4 Continues: Aspects of post-war life in South Africa and GB: story of living in South Africa for one year; reaction to Apartheid system and racism of Boers; story of Winnie Mandela preaching at Caxton Hall, London; reflections on work as nurse and importance of training.