East Dereham, Norfolk



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Susan Palmer; 1921-2022; GP, local historian; East Dereham, Norfolk

  • GB/153/NM/10255
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  • 1921-2022

Lindsey Susan Holme Palmer was born on 15 May 15, 1921, in South Kensington, London, youngest daughter of Leonard Palmer and Mabel Georgina. She began working as a doctor in 1947 at Barnstaple, Devon, before moving to the Jenny Lind Hospital, Norwich. In 1954, she moved to Dereham and is believed to have been the county’s first female GP. In 1958, she purchased Hill House in East Dereham, which she used as her surgery until she retired in 1981. She treated many servicemen veterans, including Far East prisoners of war, and with a fellow doctor, Harold Churchill, who had been a FEPOW, co-wrote the book 'Prisoners on the Kwai'. She was also the brainchild behind the FEPOW memorial, based next to Dereham’s war memorial. Dr Palmer was also behind Dereham Disabled Club helping to take numerous disabled people across Europe and around the UK.
She was awarded a Dereham Community Award for her support of the town. She also supported the Friends of the Norfolk Dialect and had a keen interest in social history, publishing 'Our Knickers were interesting' memoirs of Daisy Raynor of Swanton Morley in 1989. Susan Palmer died on 13 February 2022.

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