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Davos, Switzerland Sunday Mercury & Kunzle

Yvonne Adams

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i was there 1961-1962 i would to get in touch with some of the kids that were there at the same time
Hi my name is Yvonne Adams. I was there at that time. I came from Coventry, and I flew out with with two boys and a younger girl. There was also a boy called Max who came from Coventry. I do have photos so I am going to find them
 

Yvonne Adams

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Hi my name is Yvonne Adams. I was there at that time. I came from Coventry, and I flew out with with two boys and a younger girl. There was also a boy called Max who came from Coventry. I do have photos so I am going to find them
Our teacher was Lady Sarah Overton who came from the Red Cross. I can remember there was a girl called Sue from near Southend on sea.
 

Yvonne Adams

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I do not recall cleaning the brass in St Luke's, though I remember the Chaplain; I think his name was Mr Dolley and he was most appreciated for arranging chess contests. I rather think that he was in charge of the English Library across the road. St Luke's has long since ceased to be an Anglican church and is only occasionally open. I was fortunate this summer to find it open one evening: it brought back many memories, chiefly though of the funeral of Susan Wilson (known as 'Mole') in April 1968.
Charles
My name is Yvonne Adams, was there 1961 to 1963. There was an English church just down the road. The vicar was called mr Doll an, he and his wife were very kind , and we often went for tea. We were all in the choir!!!
 
My aunt went to the Davos clinic in the 1950's suffering from tuburculosis she met a young man there and became engaged, they were on the front page of the sunday mercury when they returned from Switzerland and married.I was their bridesmaid.
Hi Pam I have just joined this site my father was in one of the Davos Hospital's about 1954 I don't know which one is there any way of finding out His name was Thomas Docherty I would love to know thank you x
 
Hi everyone I'm a new member I'm looking for away to find out what Hospital in Davos that my father was a patient back in I think 1954 he had TB he did recover but passed away in 1980 I cannot remember the name of the Hospital he told me and nothing is coming to mind I know he made freinds over there his name Thomas Docherty he lived in Newport s Wales x
 

MaureenAndrews

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Hi I was so glad to find this. I was in Davos in 1967 at Santitorium Sanitas. I had TB so was not allowed to go to the school in Pro juventute, I was 16 at the time and I have so many happy memories of being there. The first time I was able to go out and walk into Davos was around Christmas time it was magical and deep with snow, there was a sled going around with St.Nicholas throwing sweets to the children. Someone earlier mentioned being with Mrs Reddish a Red Cross worker, she was my chaperone to Davos from Heathrow to Zurich and on to Davos. My stay was funded by the Red Cross as my chest specialist at the time was Dr.Bech who was on the board at the Red Cross and I was a junior member. I have been back to visit Davos since and it is as beautiful as I remembered. My maiden name was Cassidy, I wish I could find someone who was there with me.
 

MaureenAndrews

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Hi everyone I'm a new member I'm looking for away to find out what Hospital in Davos that my father was a patient back in I think 1954 he had TB he did recover but passed away in 1980 I cannot remember the name of the Hospital he told me and nothing is coming to mind I know he made freinds over there his name Thomas Docherty he lived in Newport s Wales x
Hi everyone I'm a new member I'm looking for away to find out what Hospital in Davos that my father was a patient back in I think 1954 he had TB he did recover but passed away in 1980 I cannot remember the name of the Hospital he told me and nothing is coming to mind I know he made freinds over there his name Thomas Docherty he lived in Newport s Wales x
 

andlum

Brummie babby
Hi Maureen,

I was in Davos between 1972 and 1973 but I'm 99% sure you'll find old friends who were their in 1967 if you join the group on Facebook of "People who went to Davos Switzerland for Asthma Haus Caselva ProJuventute". Great, friendly group with tons of memories and photos. I hope to speak with you again on that site; it's run by Bryan Johnston.

Steve
 

MaureenAndrews

New Member
Hi Maureen,

I was in Davos between 1972 and 1973 but I'm 99% sure you'll find old friends who were their in 1967 if you join the group on Facebook of "People who went to Davos Switzerland for Asthma Haus Caselva ProJuventute". Great, friendly group with tons of memories and photos. I hope to speak with you again on that site; it's run by Bryan Johnston.

Steve
Hi Steve thanks for the information I will try that. Whenever we all went I am sure we all had the best care and lucky to have been given the chance. Great memories
 

Davos Diaries

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Hi, my name is Rosemary Penn and I was in Pro Juventute from 1967 - 1969. I moved up to Caselva sometime in 1969, maybe because I had turned 13. I had some truly wonderful times but they are unfortunately overshadowed by some really awful times when I was really badly treated by fellow English patients. I was from Surrey and some thought I was "posh" so I suffered for it. Names I remember are Carol, Wendy, Judy (who was to become my best friend) and girl from Israel (Leoni?), another from Belgium. I used to sneak up to the TB sanitorium because I wanted to flirt with some handsome boy from somewhere in Eastern Europe. Maybe someone remembers me. I remember Herr Engelhaupt who taught us songs and the shows we used to do up on the promenade. There was also a lovely lady Dr who was Dutch and also, of course, Dr Meyer
 

Astoness

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welcome rosemary and thanks for your post....sorry to hear that you had some sad times but glad it was not all bad...i am still searching for a friend of mine colleen steadman who lived opposite me in villa st who from memory would have been there round about the same time as you..so if anyone remembers or knows colleen please contact me via our private message system inbox top right of the main page...

lyn
 

Arf

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My aunt went to the Davos clinic in the 1950's suffering from tuburculosis she met a young man there and became engaged, they were on the front page of the sunday mercury when they returned from Switzerland and married.I was their bridesmaid.
Hello Davos Forum,

My parents or myself have no link to the Birmingham area, but I came across this site today as I have wanted to know more about my Father - who stayed in Davos in the early 1950's. Sadly he past on 30 years ago and we never spoke about his time there as a TB patient, before returning healthy and getting married to my mother in 1957 (2 years befor yours truelly arrived).

From the few conversations with my Mother (who passed on a few months ago) we also never spoke about his time there, until I told my mother one day I had been invited on a skiing holiday to Davos (ten years ago), which she then pointed to an oil painting on the wall and said ... that was where your Father stayed during his illness. Other than that (and hardly ever noticing the picture in our house), all I know is that the place of treatment was a Sanatorium (name ?) and they used to get wheeled out in their beds for a few hours each day to take in the healthy surroundings - through large glass doors over looking the valley and town (as mentioned in an earlier thread). It was at this time that he became friends with the chap in the bed next to him, who happened to be an artist and painted Davos and the mountains from their balcony. The name of the artist was a man by the name of R.A.White, who gave the picture to my father for his friendship and I am now very curious to learn more. I recall my Father used to correspond with him upon returning, but sadly these letters can no longer be found.

My Father's name was Daniel Augustine Arthur (Danny) and he was from Limerick, Ireland and had been working as a chef before his illness (either in Ireland, but may of just arrived in London). I have no idea of his early diagosis or which hosital sent him. All I do know is that he spent a year and a half in Davos.

FYI, when I went to Davos my friend from Zurich took me to the local post office and we showed them a copy of the picture. From what they could recall they thought that the sanatorium stood on the grounds of where the G8 summit is held each year ???

I did learn that my Father (and others) were very lucky at that time to go to Davos, as TB was a very serious illness and my mother must of been a saint to wait for his return (quite grateful I am myself :)). Today Davos is a very different place what with so mush wealth compared to the people after the war, who worked so very had farming and preparing for long winters - shut off from the neighbouring valley's such a Cloisters (where our Royals holiday).

Hopefully my storey jog's someones memory or some they know someone who might know - or maybe someone knows how I can research deeper, through the hospital register etc.

Many thanks

Arf
 
Hi Trevor.
I was in davos in 1953 for six months. The adults that accompanied us were Miss Skivington, Miss Aize, and head person was a Mr Yoxall, plus two dinner ladies. I hope to include Davos into my holiday next summer. All the best. Tony.
Hi.
My name is Tony Beasley and i went out to Chateau Bruxelles in 1953. What is your name?. I have some photos from when we were their. I shall be going back next year especially to visit St Lukes church where we had to clean the brass fittments every three or four weeks. Yes i remember a drowning. Hope to here from you.
Hi Tony my father was in davos 53/54 i dont know where his name Tom Docherty i was a baby
 

Robin Bates

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My mother, Nanette Scriven, was sent from the Birmingham Children's Hospital to The British Children's Home in Davos in June 1939 with a group of five other children. She was 11 years old. War broke out and they couldn't get home - so an initial stay of three months turned into three years. Their 'Swiss mother' at the British Children's Home was a Mrs Stockmeyer. My Mum was finally sent home with four Birmingham boys (Ken Fear, Victor Fletcher, Eddie Stretch - and another) in July 1942. Their journey home, avoiding the battlefields, was an adventure involving trains through France and Spain to Gibraltar and from thence on a troopship the SS Narkunda. This ship joined a convoy which took them past Spain's Atlantic coast, round the West coast of Ireland to the Scottish port of Greenock where they caught trains back to New Street. The B.B.C. contacted them and they were interviewed by Uncle Mac (Derek McCullough) for a Children's Hour programme broadcast at 5.30pm on 27 October 1942.

I wonder if anyone has any more details of the startling adventure which these children had. Particularly I'm interested in WHY the children were sent home in 1942 in the full rage of the war - and put on a ship when German U-boats were prowling the waters.
 
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Steve Blocky

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Greetings to all who were at Projuventute in Davos.
I was there from April 1964 to October 1964.
Names I remember off the top of my head:
Kim Booth, John Woolley, Christian(Polish origin) Zeph Miller(Israel origin),Stephen Samson,Melvin Rollnik,Sister Yolanda,Sister Hildegard, Dr Meyer, Miss Maggs (Teacher),
Have fond memories of my stay in 1964.
Did wonders for my Asthma while I was there.
Have been back twice over the years to visit the places that were out of bounds to me as an 11 year old. Still a beautiful place.
Best regards from Steve B
 

Anne Dodd

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I do not recall cleaning the brass in St Luke's, though I remember the Chaplain; I think his name was Mr Dolley and he was most appreciated for arranging chess contests. I rather think that he was in charge of the English Library across the road. St Luke's has long since ceased to be an Anglican church and is only occasionally open. I was fortunate this summer to find it open one evening: it brought back many memories, chiefly though of the funeral of Susan Wilson (known as 'Mole') in April 1968.
Charles
Hi Charles,
I was at Caselva 1966/67. I remember Susan Wilson who was a very small girl who also suffered from dreadful eczema and she shared a room with Rosalyn (can't remember her surname). I knew Susan had died but I didn't know when or where she was buried? I had looked through the archive records held in a locked room in St Luke's Church. The Pastor let me in to try to find the record but in vain. My husband & I spent a few hours looking in the cemetery but this was also in vain. I was then wondering if her body had been flown home?
I am a member on facebook for those who went to Davos and I cannot find anyone on this site who was there in 66/67.
I was contacted this week by a lady who was at Caselva after me and we intend to meet for a chat when we are out of Lockdown.
It would be helpful to have any information regarding Susan please.
I don't know when you were in Davos or where you come from?
My husband & I have been to Davos most years for holidays but I truly think in the present circumstances it will be sometime before we may return.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Anne
 
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