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Diary - April 1945
Easter Sunday. Very busy still
Had daffodils and tulips brought to ward from the chapel.
77th General Hospital arrived. We sisters were on duty all day. 77th Sisters took over at midnight.
Up early. Left Bedburgh at 10.am with haversack rations. Crossed the Rhine over "London Bridge". Soon onto newly liberated Holland. Flags flying, people cheery. Arrived at Oldenzaal at 4pm. We sisters are in a hospital run by nuns. Germans left 2 days ago.
Messing with officers in another building. Morning sorting kit and mending. Afternoon bought cards in town. Raining and miserable. People all speak and smile at us. Had a bath and got laundry together.
Win and I on duty helping on F.D.S. About 7 cases but quite busy.
Breakfast in bed. Walking in town in afternoon. Met a boy scout who invited us in for tea. Met his mother and sisters. Evening went to a Sergeants' dance, came home with Padre Peak and Major Rankin.
Went to Dutch Reform service with Kay. Met the Padre and his family afterwards and had coffee. Evening met the scout and his sister and arranged to see them on Tuesday evening.
Win and I on duty. Not too busy a day. walk in the evening after duty. Heard we are moving in 2 days.
Packing in morning. P.M. went for a walk. Evening we went to a party with Dutch civilian family. Had tea played piano and danced. Had a very nice evening there.
Up at 5.30 am Left Oldenzaal at 7.30. Soon into Germany, white flags out. We are in a school at Heldrup. Had a meal of bacon and eggs at 2.30pm. Unpacked and looked round building. Win and I sharing a room.
Casualty Clearing Station partly opened, not on duty, had a walk.
Heard we are probably moving tomorrow 2 sisters to be left behind.
Parker and Esther left behind. Left Heldrup at 12. Wheel nearly came off so changed ambulances. Stopped at 3pm for tea. Children gathered round. Arrived at Bassum at 4.30. At a milk factory. Dinner at 8.
Service in morning in a marquee. Afternoon Win and I on duty at 3 FDS. Not very busy. Win's brother came along later. We had a brew up in our room.
On duty at FDS again 6 patients.
On night duty at FDS (field dressing station)
Fairly busy night. Had a cardigan given. Was up at 5 and went for a walk with Win.
A lot of publicity in the papers about the Belsen Concentration camp.
Heard an ultimatum was going into Bremen today.
Heard bombs being dropped on Bremen today at 6.30pm and saw our planes on their way home.
Win is on night duty with me tonight.
Bremen fallen to the Second Army
Berlin surrounded by Red Army troops. Had 2 pairs of shoes given.
Heard we are moving in a few days.
The Casualty Clearing Station has left for Werdun over the Wesser. Win and I and 2 sisters are left behind with the FDS. On the wireless Mussolini has been executed. Hitler has a cerebral haemorrhage. We are messing with the 3FDS.
3FDS have left. 7th Canadian general Hospital have taken over. Messing with
them. Not very busy in the wards.