Brenda Hird-Scott, Runnymede Branch SJA Fellowship from
‘I was a volunteer of Addingstone
Nursing Division when I was privileged to go on duty at the
Coronation in 1953.
Travelling by coach we picked up other volunteers until we
arrived in London in the early hours of the morning. Our
first aid post was at the gates of Hyde Park Corner.
We had many casualties and I remember holding a waterproof sheet
over them to shield them from the rain. We were taken to the front
of the crowd where I remember seeing Winston Churchill
leaning out of his carriage and waving.
We saw the Queen of Tonga waving and smiling from her open
carriage in the pouring rain and of course our own Queen in her
golden carriage. We arrived home 20 hours later very wet but