Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Stonely, Frances Jessie, 1913 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse
Speaker: Bramley, P, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls always wanting to be nurse, starting training at Leicester General Hospital (LGH) in 1933. Talks about first day, uniform, returning to quarters after hours, dances. Describes staffing, lectures, duties. Mentions having little free time, overcrowding during Second World War, role of matron, fire drill, sports. Recalls calling trainees to theatre so as to help qualify to be State Registered Nurse, formalities between nurses on duty, coping in wartime blackout, introduction of State Enrolled Nurses. Mentions prize day, Christmas, increase in surgeons; brief mention of Duchesses visiting.
Place of birth: Normanton, Rutland
Education: Normanton Primary School
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 25/1/1989
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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