Joan James

Photo:Joan James in her nursing uniform in 1944.

Joan James in her nursing uniform in 1944.

Joan James

Photo:Photograph of the new recruits at Lewisham Hospital taken in 1943.

Photograph of the new recruits at Lewisham Hospital taken in 1943.

Joan James

Recollections of wartime nursing at Lewisham Hospital.

With the outbreak of war in 1939, Joan’s education was cut short and she had taken on temporary work in an office and as a restaurant cashier. In 1943, Joan turned eighteen and was required to begin war work. Her father was a conscientious objector and disapproved of Joan joining one of the forces. As the Land Army did not appeal to her, Joan decided to become a nurse. ‘I had never been in a hospital before, not even to visit anyone. I had no sense of vocation, no idea of what the training involved, but I had little choice’. For three years, Joan trained as a nurse at Lewisham Hospital. After completing her training, Joan remained at the Hospital.

Joan has written extensively about her wartime experiences as a nurse. Her memoir can be found below (please note that the copyright rests with the author).   

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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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