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Lunch meeting and a talk by Albert Hoey ” Some scraps from a lifetime”
18 October @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
The following details have been kindly provided by Rotarian David Beckitt.
“Poor education in pre war Peckham where he was brought up. Bombed in the West End at work as a teenager before call up. Army service in North Africa, Italy, and Egypt as a radio operator. Stranded in Rome in a broken down tank, within sight of the Colosseum, a week before Rome was officially liberated by the Americans.
Life threatening Tuberculosis of the lung in 1948 immediately before the introduction of the NHS and before the days of curative drugs PAS, INAH and Streptomycin. Saved only by devoted and very strict nursing care in the days when matrons ruled hospitals and ward sisters their wards. Months in a countryside sanatorium miles away from friends and family when cars were a rarity
These are among the memories of Albert Hoey aged 93 narrated in his eighties when caring for his wife with Alzheimers and personally illustrated from memory in his nineties. Now 93 his mind is clearer than mine a mere 80.
This has now been published personally and is available from Albert Hoey 13, Sunny Bank, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9ST 01883-622270
(or via firstname.lastname@example.org) price £18 (including postage and packing)
His view on his portrait, painted by a friend, for which he sat for four hours. ‘Looks as though someone has just asked me for two half crowns……’ A Half crown would have been very generous pocket money before the days of decimalisation