Ded­i­cated staff at hos­pi­tal

Surrey Herald/News - - LETTERS -

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

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