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See Re-union page for details of September '68 set re-union
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Go to memories section for Trish Rees story of her time at Guy's with photos of the uniform 1965 - 71
Jan 2019 - reply to Alison Griffith's email of 2016 re March 87 set
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who may have any more information about her or who even may remember her. I'm almost certain that she was a Guy's nurse from her description of the uniform and the hospital itself.
I first read the books many years ago, when I was in my early teens, before I did my own SRN training in Bath and have always enjoyed reading them. So much more realistic than most hospital stories and much more entertaining!
I found this information about Jane Grant on Amazon
'Jane Grant was a pen name of the author (Evelyn) Barbara Blackburn Leader. She was born in Herefordshire in 1898. During the First World War she worked as a secretary for the Air Ministry.
Barbara wrote 35 novels between 1926 and 1971. Her other pen names were Barbara Blackburn and Frances Castle (a joint pseudonym with Peggy Mundy-Castle). She died in 1981.
Barbara wrote four “nurse” books as Jane Grant – Come Hither, Nurse; Come Again, Nurse; Sisters Under the Skin and Round-the-Clock Nurse, which have now been reissued as ebooks by Wyndham Books as A Nurse’s Life, More from a Nurse’s Life, A Sister’s Life and A Country Life'
So in the 1950s she would have been in her 50s so not a young nurse in training. Hope this is helpful. Andie
The Guys connection is intriguing. She must have either worked at the hospital herself, or has a very close connection to someone who did! I find it hard to believe that she didn't have nursing experience, as she writes very knowledgeably and with great credibility about life as a nurse. I was reading a post on here from a nurse who did actually train at Guys in the 50s and she describes an incident with the medical students and the Night Superintendent who was retiring after many years at the hospital. They pushed her around the park in a wheelchair and demanded a speech😁She was apparently known around the hospital ad "Auntie " In Jane Grant's book,this incident is also described in similar detail, but she is always known to the hospital staff as "Daisy". I find it intriguing, but guess a lot of the answers to my queries will have died with her sadly.
Many thanks again for your time.
I don't where Wyndham books got their information but I guess we have to assume it is correct - you could maybe contact them and see if they know more about her. I also found the following on the web
Barbara ( Evelyn) Blackburn was born in 1898 at Henley on Thames.
Between 1926 and 1971 she wrote 31 novels and collaborated on a play called 'Poor Mans Castle' with Mundy Whitehouse which was performed on the West End stage.
She married Claude Leader and had 2 sons.
She lived at Anchor Cottage in Lachingdon when she died on 14 May 1981.'
The incident with the Night Superintendent was very common in Hospitals - I myself was pushed round Guy's in a laundry crate by a doctor who was leaving. At St Thomas' they used to plaster a nurse who was leaving to a wheelchair and leave them outside Parliament. Sadly those days are long gone - nowadays it would be instant dismissal! We had fun though
Would love to hear from any one of us that was in theatre at that time and May remember me
Sally Pritchard and Caroline Dean And Sue Leewere in my group
We had great fun and I enjoyed every minute of my training and made wounderful friends
I am happy to be contacted for information.
At present we are looking at Saturday 5th October 2019 for lunch/ drinks at the George on Borough High Street and a tour of the hospital.
Hope this will find more of our set to join us.
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