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'S-Hertogenbosch Hospital

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'S-Hertogenbosch Hospital

We got into Holland and had a couple of places there under camp and then we got to a funny little place, 's-Hertogenbosch, we got there and it was a building and we were so pleased to have a building to get in because we were getting cold, it was winter. And we got in and we weren't in there very long before there was oh an awful uproar. I don't know if you ever read anything about the Battle of the Bulge, well the Battle of the Bulge as far as I can understand was when the Germans pushed us back, not us but our troops and there was a big kerfuffle and we had to get all our patients out and sent back and we were up there with no patients. We were not allowed to go outside, we could go outside but just outside the door, we weren't allowed to walk around outside or make any contact with anybody because they thought the German troops would come across the canal and take us in but anyway, I guess our fellows fought back again, we got up, but by this time the war was ended. They really came up in great force and I think we only had patients then to get them shipped back. We didn't have to do anymore war nursing.

Ms. Whittaker describes the removal of all of the patients from 'S-Hertogenbosch Hospital as a precautionary measure, during the Battle of the Bulge. After that the hospital's role becomes that of a casualty clearing station.

Geraldine Whittaker

Geraldine Whittaker was born on March 12, 1915 in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. Her father was the local doctor, and she would accompany him on his rounds. Ms. Whittaker decided to become a nurse after graduating from school, entering the nursing program at Montreal General Hospital. In 1937, after three years of training, she decided to enlist in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. After war was declared, Ms. Whittaker went to England where she served in hospitals at Farnborough and Horley. She was deployed to North Africa, but her ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea. Rescued personnel were landed in Naples, Italy. Ms. Whittaker served in a hospital in nearby Caserta for eight months. She volunteered for service in France, was transferred there, and later served in Belgium and Holland. After her return to Newfoundland, Ms. Whittaker continued her nursing career.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Geraldine Whittaker
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Liberation of the Netherlands
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

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