Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D Day Landings.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my Mother was a young VAD/Red Cross nurse working at the Haslar Royal Navy Hospital in Gosport, Portsmouth.
She remember the 24 hours preceding the actual D Day invasion….All the nurses were told that everything had to be ready….but they weren’t told at the time for what. What’s amazing is that no one leaked information….everyone was working together!
When the many casualties were brought in to the hospital, they were ready.
Here is a photograph of my Mother taken at that time…. 21 years old.
My Mother’s VAD card…..
Three years ago, after my Mother had been moved to a nursing home, I spent several months clearing her house. I found many treasures, and amongst those was this poem, written to my Mother by a young patient in the Haslar Hospital.
The paper is very flimsy but the message lives on….I wonder what ever happened to Eric R. Gurney?
We tend to forget that those on the front line were beautiful, oh so very young people…fighting for the common cause, of peace and freedom.
I will be visiting my Mother this morning at the nursing home, and will take print outs of the poem to see if it jogs any memories.