On this day in 1927, football player and manager Malcom Allison is born in Dartford.  As a player, he won the Division 2 Championship with West Ham United, and won numerous honours as a manager or coach, including the Division 1 and Division 2 Championships, FA Cup,  League Cup, and European Cup Winners Cup with Manchester City, and the Portuguese Liga and Cup of Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.  He died in 2010.

Also on this day in 1940, a high-explosive Luftwaffe bomb destroyed the A2 Marian Ward at West Hill Hospital, killing 22 patients and two nurses.  Despite her own injuries, and wearing only her night clothes, Sister Mary Violet Gantry was twice lowered into the rubble with a gantry and crawled among the wreckage to administer morphine to injured patients.  She refused any rest and worked her normal shift the following day.  In 1991, a refurbished ward at Joyce Green Hospital was named in her honour.

(photo courtesy of Dartford Hosptal Histories)

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Richey Estcourt is a volunteer with Dartford Litterpickers, Dartford Living and Dartford parkrun, and also a former Special Constable.

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