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"Thank you for our today."

Lest we forget

By 1942 65 members of staff from what became Oakwood Hospital were serving in the Forces, of whom 44 were Nurses.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
"                            Laurence Binyam, "Poem for the Fallen".

The Great War:

        Hospital Staff

Sydney Bonney           Northumberland Fusiliers
Frederick Curtis          Welsh Guards
Charles Hickmott        Welsh Guards
James Laking              Grenadier Guards
Herbert Manktelow     West Kent Regiment
George Richardson     West Kent Regiment
Walter Wells                Grenadier Guards
Frederick Wynn          Essex Regiment


Albert E Luck               West Kent Yeomenry (Queens Own)
Edwin C Abnett           Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Sidney Lowe                Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Victor S G Naughton    London Regiment
Reginald Wakefield     Kings Royal Rifle Corps

The Second World War:

Current privacy laws make it difficult to find background information about these men.

George Ashmole     Royal West Kent Regiment
Frederick Curtis     Royal Engineers
Thomas Hawker     Gloucestershire Regiment
Thomas Lovett        Royal Air Force

'I heard the bugle, the hills echoing its tone,
Paying tribute to each soldier, no one was alone.
It seemed as if I heard each one of them say,
"For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today."'
                 Ruth T. George

Click here This is a PDF file to read The VE Day Thanksgiving Service.

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