Oral History collection: David Gwyn Thomas (born 1907) interviewed by H.M. McKelvie about Ambulance attendant in Loughor, served during the 'Blitz' in Swansea during WW2; bombing of Swansea Hospital.

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  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 75
  • Dates of Creation
      10 Jan. 1980
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:10] Second World War: Experience as an Ambulance attendant in Swansea during the War in Loughor. [00:01:42] Second World War: Describes that as a St Johns Ambulance attendant they had to attend any bombing that occurred. [00:01:57] Second World War: Describes a bomb dropping in Garden Village, Gorseinon, where a bomb made a hole in a house. [00:02:25] Second World War: Swansea Hospital bombed. Volunteered to go in the ambulance with Mrs Donovan to help. [00:03:53] Second World War: Could not get directly to Swansea Hospital due to a bomb being in Cwmbwrla, so went via Cockett. [00:04:28] Second World War: Describes evacuation of patients from Swansea Hospital to Neath Hospital. [00:05:02] Second World War: Description of damage to Swansea Hospital and black out conditions driving to Neath hospital with full ambulance. [00:07:34] Second World War: Describes one of the patients trying to get out of the ambulance en route - in shock. [00:09:06] Second World War: Bombing of Swansea Hospital was after the three night Blitz. [00:10:05] Second World War: Also had to perform general accident duties on the road. [00:11:31] Second World War: After the war went to work as an ambulance man in the Elba Steel works in Gowerton. [00:12:10] Second World War: Interviewer records that his inexperience with the tape recorder led to 45mins of discussion not being recorded!.