Brown, Cynthia (2 of 31). Oral History of Oral History
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2014-01-20, 2014-02-26, 2014-04-02, 2014-05-22, 2014-06-03, 2014-09-16, 2014-10-28, 2014-11-26, 2015-01-07, 2015-02-17
Brown, Cynthia (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 2: After school she got a job in the local Tax Office. After that she joined the Princess Marys Nursing Service in the RAF. Much more relaxed than NHS. Mostly working age patients. Did most of her training at RAF hospital at Halton near Aylesbury. Good social side to the job, cinema on the Base. Only time she went abroad was to do paediatric and maternity nursing in Germany. Nearest big town was Monchengladbach. Three months in Uxbridge nursing people with more serious illnesses, mainly cancer. Interviewed by Matron Trick for the job. Reality of leaving home. Three year SRN course. Tended to work in six week blocks on theory and practice. Description of what they did. Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court but no A & E at the RAF hospitals. Had plastic surgery and renal units at Halton . Each Base had a medical centre. She had a mole removed by one of the Queens surgeons. When she left she had to find a GP and dentist. Lists the RAF hospitals in the UK. She signed up for four years but got married soon after qualification and applied for a discharge as could be sent anywhere, Worked 5 ½ days a week so it was just about possible to get home in time off. Most of the orthopaedic injuries were sport related. [34:30] Met John her husband in 1968, He was in the Army based in Aden for the last few months of the British withdrawal. Lot of women left when they married but there were those who made a career in the RAF. You could buy yourself out which John did.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive