Kathleen (called Kit at home) was born on a family farm in County Tyrone. Her younger sister, Norah, died of pneumonia at 9 months, leaving Kit as the youngest of the family. She attended Mullaghbaun public elementary school, from age 6 to about age 14, taught by Mrs. Guy (nee Mitchell) the entire time. Most children in the school went to "6th Standard", Kit stayed on for the 7th Standard. Her parents were genuine Christian believers; she asked Jesus into her heart at age 13. In 1923 her beloved sister Isabel, living in Belfast, came down with the Spanish flue. Kathleen, aged 11, was sent to Belfast to housekeep for her ailing sister. Tragically Isabel quickly succumbed and died, leaving Kathleen desperately sad and feeling somehow responsible. She vowed to become a nurse as a result. In 1927 she spent time helping her brother Jack in his shop at Drumlegagh. She enrolled for about a year1928 at Hughes Academy, Royal Avenue, Belfast, then worked at the Ben ENT annex to the Royal Victorian Hospital in Belfast for a year or so In 1931 she moved to London and worked at various jobs, waiting 'till she was 21 to enter nurse's training. In October 1932 she commenced the four year SRN training at Lewisham, working there as staff nurse upon graduation. On 1 May 1936 she started her one year RFN training at Northwest Fever Hospital, Belsize Park. While there she saw the forerunner of sulfonamides, prontasil, being tested. On 22 Sep 1937 she started SCM training at St. Andrews, Bow, near the Bromley--by-Bow station, working there upon completion of her training until becoming a private nurse with the Elizabeth Fry nursing sisters. On 3 Jun 1939 she married a chap she'd met while working at Northwest Fever Hospital - an ambulance driver she'd met while accompanying a patient. When war was declared Henry was called up to RTC Wool, Dorset. Mom lived alone, working with pregnant evacuees, including a maternity hospital near Newmarket. She joined Dad at Warminster, later moving into Avonview, Woodgreen, near Fordingbridge, the home of the District Midwife, where Jill was born 22 Mar 1940. On 2 May 1940 Dad was called away, attached to HQ, 30th Infantry Brigade; she saw him briefly on 12 May, then not until 1945. On 22 May Kit moved in with her parents at Rose Cottage, Cavan Townland, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. From there she became the Matronmof Omagh General Hospital, living there until the end of the war.
First hand knowledge and records kept by her son, Timothy.
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