Dedicated staff at hospital
MY old friend and minesweeping wartime comrade George Drewett ( Herald & News, December 11) writes movingly of the loss of 126 of his comrades when HMS Aldenham struck a mine in action 70 years ago. George recruited me in to the minesweepers’ old comrades’ association many years ago. The press ganging was one Saturday morning in Shepperton High Street. We were both engaged in typical manner, seeking support for good causes, his being charities, mine being Spelthorne Labour Party. Now we are among the very few survivors of the wartime flotillas. We are both survivors of the hungry thirties, which the intending further cuts show is our country’s destination if Mr Cameron retains 10 Downing Street next May. In the D Day invasion, the flotillas, manned by ‘civilians in uniform’, little more than schoolboys, saw to it that the Channel was swept clear. Not one ship was mined. And here in Spelthorne, similar professional dedication as Ashford and St Peter’s trumps rightful anger. Midwives continue to serve mums and babies with 100% skill, though short in number.
HAROLD TRACE 101 Parkland Grove, Ashford