History of the Common Cold Unit

McEwan, Hamish (1 of 2). The Common Cold Unit Recordings

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  • Interviewees

    MacEwan, Hamish (speaker, male)

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    Tyrrell, David, 1925-2005 (speaker, male)

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    Describes the hospital under US Army control; site used after D-Day as a holding site for displaced persons and refugees. Describes his other refugee work. Describes recording Christmas broadcast from the hospital in 1941 - programme broadcast on NBC in America. Later in life pursued radio as a career; married a nurse and went to live in Florida. His hobbies and artwork.

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    Born in Scotland, Hamish McEwan was a conscientious objector from World War II who was placed with the Friends' Ambulance Unit in Salisbury and given paramedical training. He spent a good deal of time at the American Red Cross-Harvard University Hospital, the seedbed for the future Common Cold Unit

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