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In the first few years that the Asylum was open, finding Male Staff was nigh-on impossible, when all but the elderly and sick men were "called-up" to "do their duty for King & Country" during the First World War (1914 to 1918). This shortage of Male Staff continued into the 1920's, and although levels gradually increased up until the Second World War (1939 to 1945), the idea of have Male only Staff on the Male Side was pretty much abandoned, which would eventually lead to a more relaxed mixed working environment as the decades passed-by. By the 1950's, there was another Staff shortage at Severalls -again one which was being experienced throughout the Country. This time however, the shortage was for Female, as well as Male Staff. The Ministry of Health initiated a tremendous Recruitment Drive, and an invitation was extended to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth, as well as closer to home within Europe. During all the years that Severalls was open, people came and went, but even though the doors of the old Asylum have been locked for years, the memories of the friendships forged live will live on for a long time yet.

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