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June 1940 – DUNKIRK REMEMBERED……
The mass evacuation, code named Operation Dynamo, is remembered in the news this month, 76 years on from that momentous event. The hospital at Warren Road played an important role as a ‘transit’ hospital for the short-term treatment of casualties evacuated from Dunkirk. The car park became a sea of stretchers with wounded soldiers laying end to end, waiting to be admitted to a ward.
This is an extract from an article written in 1955 by Brigit Coyle who was working as a ward sister at the time……….
“In 1940, at fifteen hours’ notice, we had to admit 700 casualties from Dunkirk, and every available space in the annex, main hospital and the House, was packed with beds to meet this crisis. The terrible burns received by some of those boys who had been rescued from a sea of burning oil, and who remained with us for many months, are still a ghastly memory.”
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