Nostalgia and a touch of misty eyes!Whether it is of any interest or no, I feel I must tell someone, whoever. I built a model of MTB 655 (in fact it was in the exhibition at Alexander Palace) a few years ago. It was offered to the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust, but unfortunately they are not, at the moment, in a position to accept it. The father of my daughter’s friend runs a museum in Felixstowe (shades of HMS Beehive) who has willingly accepted the model. This was all a few weeks ago. The first thing he did was to put it on show in one of the shop windows in the town. Then the Legion had it on show in the Remembrance period. When I received photos of the lay-out, I must admit to getting a bit misty eyed. So, if any members ever get to Felixstowe, please go and have a look at the apple of my eye. Thank you. Sorry to say, though, none seemed to be interested in my model of HMS Victory! Bill Clarke
Memories of LowestoftIn 1943, two previously "sheltered" nineteen year old girls joined the Royal Navy as V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurses and were drafted to the Royal Naval Hospital 'Haslar' at Gosport for a very short training period. We both were then sent to Lowestoft to join two other V.A.D's and a Q.A.R.N.S. (Queen Alexander Royal Nursing Service) Nursing Sister to start a sick bay in a three storey house by Hamilton Dock, for HMS's Minos, Mantis and Martello. The Senior Medical Officer was a skin specialist, so we saw many skin conditions including Scabies, the treatment being scrubbing down with Benzyl Benzoate cream, then soaking in a bath of Permanganate of Potash solution which turned both bodies and bath a dark brown colour. There was only one bath in the building, so none of the other patients ever took a bath. One of the other Medical Officers was an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist but he was convinced that "all Sailors were constipated" — hence the following, from a patient grateful to be discharged:-
I came to see the Quack one day I had a busted Ankle He put me to bed in the Sick Bay And so I said "I thank you" In came a nurse, so gentle and kind. She gave me a dose of Epsom Salts So since, I've changed my mind.When VE (Victory in Europe) came, the Sick Bay was decommissioned and we were all dispatched to various other Drafts. After having had two years of many different experiences, happy, sad, exciting and fulfilling, we were certainly ’unsheltered' by this time. Patricia Brown ne Boffee And our own Vera Mitchell ne Hubband.
Not quite what the headline meant...At the risk of lowering the tone of the newsletter, just a quick finish. We include this to merely point out that confusion can sometimes exist, and that initial reactions are not always amongst the most reliable ones. A situation appeared to stem from a leaflet put through the door of our correspondent, which had the eye catching title "Sex at 79" prominent. His reaction is best summed up in his own words:–
I have just taken a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing me that I can have sex at 79. I am so happy, because I live at number 73, so it is not too far to walk home afterwards. It is also on the same side of the street — I don't even need to cross over. Life does seem to get better as you get older.Just in case you get one of these leaflets, London Branch members are advised to concentrate more on the multitude of pizza leaflets that also come through the door, rather than anything similar in nature to the above. Pizzas are considered to be far better and from the safety aspect and are to be recommended.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!Sec