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PODCAST: Irish Nurses in Wartime Britain

Our Irish Life and Lore archive contains some amazing personal testimonies from nurses who served in wartime Britain. In this podcast can be heard the voices of four remarkable women who volunteered to serve with the British forces during wartime.

They displayed incredible courage under dreadful conditions, and we are privileged to have recorded their stories.

Maura Morphey served in the Queen Alexandra Nursing Corps during WW2, initially in a Surrey sanatorium where she cared for German prisoners of war, and later in Lagos in Nigeria during the evacuation there.

Anne Meehan worked on Hospital Trains which were evacuating wounded troops from the D Day Landings. She was awarded Nurse of the Year 1946 by Leicester Hospital.

Deirdre de Burgh served in the Nightingale Training School and St. Thomas’s Hospital in London, and she also manned the Casualty Clearing Stations for D Day.

Mary Savage served in WW1 as an ambulance driver with the St. John’s Ambulance Service based in Rouen in France. Her father, Col. W.H.Savage also served in WW1.

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