Pat Leadbeater from West Midlands
In relation to first aid in the 1940s, I remember that all
triangular bandages were finished off with a reef
knot. You could quite easily fail your
examination and need to re-sit the evening, if a reef knot
was not used! The tails of the bandage had to be tucked tidily away
in along the main bandage – no ‘rabbit’ ears showing.
Furthermore, we had full uniform inspections.
Hands and nails, length of dress, the cross over of the apron must
be right over left were all scrutinized.
Regardless of what we did or where we went, the full uniform was
the order of the day including travelling to camp and back and this
included our white ‘butterfly’ caps.
We went on to ambulance work and to this day I
can remember the useless order in which to load a four stretcher
ambulance. Most of us went on to be first aid
trainers in the days of ‘sit down, sit up, speak up and
speak when you’re spoken to’.