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Friday, October 24, 2008

News from Dr Phillpotts ...

Dr Phillpotts and family are on a visit: he tells me having seen the post about the mortuary trolley here two fascinating things: first that there was a hut opposite the front gate in the barley field that was called the mortuary because it had slabs in it (though he personally never saw them). Secondly that he remembers Fachtna McAvoy being ferried down to the Air Balloon in a wheelchair acquired from one of the other huts in about 1975! Dr Phillpotts also alleged that he used to dig catseyes out of the road with his trowel, but that was presumably on the way back from the Air Balloon. 

Steve Vaughan writes: "re: "The Mortuary" - one afternoon Joanne and I spent time with Mike Cuttell who has an excellent collection of photos of Ullenwood when he first took it over. His view, based on testimony from returning GIs was that what we described as The Mortuary was in fact the VD ward. How apt ..."

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Steve and Joane said...

Re: "The Mortuary" - one afternoon Joanne and I spent time with Mike Cuttell, who has an excellent collection of photos of Ullenwood when he first took it over. His view, based on testimony from returning GI's, was that what we described as The Mortuary was in fact the VD ward. How apt...