LADY MITCHELL CONVALESCENT HOME, ERIC STREET, COTTESLOE 1946-1947
On returning to Western Australia former POWs with eye ailments (mostly caused by lack of vitamins) were accommodated for specialized treatment at Lady Mitchell Convalescent home, Eric Street, Cottesloe. Blindness from Vitamin deficiency affected large numbers of POWs. Vitamin Bs, D and Vitamin A
with the latter deficiency the cause of the cornea becoming opaque.
Several 2/4th men were here including John Gilmour, Parkes brothers, Tom Hampton, Eric Wankey, Bill Hicks, Penrod Dean, Wally Watkins, Jock Northey, George Hancock, Norm Harris, Tom Lewis, Percy Golden, Bob Kenmir, and possibly Don Lee.
When John Gilmour arrived home in 1945, a mate ohad to guid him along the wharf at Fremantle to where my parents were waiting. John at 167 cm tall weighed a mere 41 kg – he had added weight since leaving his Japanese prison camp.
John Gilmour was here for eleven months with 18 other POWs. He was declared to be blind by two leading eye specialists. Typing and braille lessons at Hollywood Hollywood became part of his daily routine.
The men were able to take leave for a day or so, and with the trolley bus or parlour coach easily travel to Perth. (Information provided by John Gilmour 17 October 2017).