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By Veronica Clark, Joan Hart

A heart-warming tale of a girl who dedicated her existence to supporting others. this can be the memoir of Joan, who begun nursing within the Forties and whose stories took her into the Yorkshire mining pits and during the tumult of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.

Joan Hart consistently knew what she desired to do together with her lifestyles. Born in South Yorkshire in 1932, she all started her nursing education while she was once sixteen, the youngest age ladies may well achieve this on the time. She persisted operating after she married and her paintings took her to London and Doncaster, taking good care of kids and miners.

When she took a task as a pit nurse in Doncaster in 1974, she stumbled on that during order to be approved by means of the boys lower than her care, she must develop into one in every of them. as a rule rejecting a conventional nurse’s uniform and wearing a dishevelled miner’s go well with, pit boots, a hardhat and a headlamp, Joan resolved continually to head right down to injured miners and produce them out of the pit herself.

Over 15 years Joan grew to grasp the miners not just as a nurse, yet as a confidante and good friend. She tended to injured miners underground, rescued males trapped within the pits, and supplied help for them and their households throughout the sour miners’ strike which stretched from March 1984 to 1985.

Moving and uplifting, this can be a tale of 1 woman’s existence, marriage and paintings; it truly is certain to make readers chuckle, cry, and smile.

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I feel sure that the submarine was there due to a navigational error. No submarine would want to surface in the middle of a zigzagging convoy. Presumably, the submarine had been following us in the hope of trapping the German battleship. There was another skirmish, apparently with genuine U-boats, as we were approaching the Irish Sea. We saw the depth charges being dropped by British coastal command planes, but we were never told of the result. We arrived safely in Liverpool, and I traveled back to Cambridge in mid-January 1941, to resume my undergraduate studies.

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I had the good fortune of being on the top of the mountain before it started, to observe and take recordings of the damage which the reflections from the waves did to the radar performance. I worked all that night through the bad storm, but the next morning, while the gale was still blowing, I had to depart to go to a very important meeting that involved major decisions. Getting down from the mountain was going to be a problem! The Snowdon mountain railway could not run in such a high wind for fear that it would be blown off the track and tipped down the mountainside in some of the exposed precipitous locations.

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