They do, they wear it. And wearing the body armour, it’s so heavy. It’s horrible. But, again, you wouldn't not. And we only had to wear ours a few times, when we had the alarms go off for indirect fire. And you’re in bed and you think: 'Oh, come on!'
You have to get out of bed and put your body armour on and lie on the floor, with the helmet and body armour, thinking... and you'll drag your duvet off the bed and think: 'Oh, I’m going to sleep anyway.'
Or you’ll go into the hospital and find everybody lying on the floor writing their notes. 'I don't know how long I'm going to be here, but if I have to write my notes afterwards, I can't get off duty.' So they'll be lying on the floor, writing their notes and doing what they can.Back to article
This transcript is from a 2013 interview with Major Patsy Beesley, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. (NAM. 2013-04-11)