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Closing of the V.A.D. Hospital

The Rushden Argus January 3rd 1919, transcribed by Susan Manton

Farewell. On the occasion of the closing of the V.A.D. Hospital, a farewell gathering was held on Tuesday. The Matron, Mrs. T. Patenall M.B.E. and Sister Greenwood, presided at the tables at tea, and the Mayor Ald. T. Patenall J.P., the staff and “boys”, the ladies who did the washing for the hospital and the returned prisoners of the town and their wives were present. The Matron and also the Mayor voiced thanks to all who had helped to make the hospital a success. The Mayor rejoiced to learn of the good record maintained and that over a thousand “boys” had passed through the hospital. The Matron gave a touching farewell speech and during the evening games were played. Songs were nicely rendered by Mr. Arthur J. Tite of Wellingborough, who received loud applause. Dancing was indulged in until nearly 12 o’clock when the Doxology was sung. On the clock striking midnight one of the “boys” Pte. Hedges, entered the room and wished all a Happy New Year. Then all joined hands and sang “Auld Lang Syne” after which they sang “For she’s a jolly good matron” and three cheers were given for Mrs. Patenall. The music was supplied by Bombardier Don Patenall at the piano.

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