Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Riley, Hilda, 1925 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Brief description of homelife in Highfields, Leicester. Explains how she became nurse at Hillcrest Hospital, Leicester, at outbreak of Second World War (WW2). Describes first day, shifts, work, conditions including presence of many cockroaches. Brief mention of limited social life. Mentions mothers with illegitimate children working at Hospital, taking in destitute families, WW2 having little effect on patients. Mentions hospital clothes and nurses' uniform.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Medway Street Junior, Melbourne Road School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 11/3/1987
Playing time: 26 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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