Nursing staff at Mountain Ash in the 1960s

Lorraine Owens, second from left

Lorraine Owens, second from left, also Nurse (later Sister) Parfitt, back row on the right, and Sister Jenkins, bottom row on the left.

The above is a photo of nursing staff at Mountain Ash hospital, probably taken in the 1960s.

My auntie Lorraine is in the photo, second from the left. She was a very caring and professional nurse, and was awarded best all round pupil-assisted nurse for Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare area in 1959.

One of the saddest times in her nursing career was when she was called to assist in the Aberfan disaster in 1966. What she saw and dealt with broke her heart, but she never spoke about it.

Also in the photo are Nurse (later Sister) Parfitt (at the back on the right) and Sister Jenkins (bottom row, on the left).

My auntie Lorraine Owens lived at Victoria Street, Miskin, and later married and moved to Cardiff. She died last year.

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