DescriptionA NARROW ESCAPE. Ryhope Colliery Nurse's experiences at the Front. Nurse Lily Hodgson, whose parents live at 21, Ryhope Street, Ryhope Colliery, and who has for the past four months been stationed at Dunkirk, France, has returned to her home for a few days well-earned rest. In an interview, she said that about three weeks ago, they had a visit from several German Taubes, and 15 bombs were dropped 15 yards from their hospital. No damage was done. She referred to one narrow escape she had from death. A few days ago she was going down the steps of the hospital, when a bullet just grazed the top of her head, and slipping right down it passed through the front of her skirt. She is keeping the bullet as a memento. The other Sunday they had a visit from eleven hostile airmen, and four of the English aviators at once went up and there was a thrilling air fight. They all stood at the windows f the hospital until the Germans turned and made off. Replying to a question as to her duties, Nurse Hodgson said they attended outside the trenches every night when there was any firing going on. The hospital is 12 or 15 miles from the firing line and they drive there in ambulances. There are only ten nurses, and more are very badly needed. They could also do with more doctors. It is quite a common sight, she says, to see the King and Queen of Belgium walking about. They have a smile and word for everyone. During the time she has been at home, Nurse Hodgson has received from the Ryhope Colliery officials, per Councillor F.W. Hylton, the sum of £2, to be spent on cigarettes, etc., for her wounded when she returns to Dunkirk. She has also received a large quantity of cigarettes from Miss Woodruffe, of Durham; cigarettes, sweets, and biscuits from Mrs. Mason, of Shincliffe; and the other day whilst on a visit to a Belgian Lady in Gateshead, she received from her a lovely cross set in gold. Nurse Hodgson leaves Ryhope on Tuesday to return to her duties. This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 1st of March 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt" >www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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