l to r: Margaret Brealey, VAD RN; HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Royal Patron; Ethel Lote; Major James Salt
BBC Midlands Today featured another big thank you on 23 January 2020, when they televised Eric Nolan’s gratitude to Ethel and all the nurses at Burntwood Military Hospital in Staffordshire in 1940, on behalf of his father, Frank, and the other wounded men. Frank, particularly, was a miracle story, having already been given the last rites, but recovered with the love and care he received from Ethel and her colleagues.
Eric says “thank you” to Ethel
Ethel was just a teenaged trainee nurse then, and says poignantly: “Nearly all my friends have gone now, so to find someone who knew all about that time really is wonderful”.
Ethel shares her memorabilia with Eric, including our dedication programme
As well as meeting in Ethel’s home, both she and Eric returned to the site of Burntwood Military Hospital, 80 years after those extraordinary events, in an emotional reunion of memories.
Eric and Ethel revisit the site of Burntwood Military Hospital
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