Unfortunate mistake says hospital
Mrs W J Gifford, of Buneham Cottage, Hartland, eagerly awaited the return of her two year old son, Andrew, from the North Devon Infirmary, Barnstaple, where he had been a patient.
When a car drew up outside the house she rushed to the door and opened it only to find the car driver and a small boy she had never seen before.
While Mrs Gifford was explaining to the driver it was not her son, a neighbour arrived to say that the hospital had telephoned that a mistake had been made.
The boy who had been taken to Hartland – 5 year old Kevin Veale, of the Cottage, Botreaux Mill, South Molton – had been driven 50 miles in the wrong direction.
Mr J C Woolley (secretary of the North Devon Hospital Committee) described the mistake in identities as ‘most unfortunate’.
The full Gazette article is dated 19 February 1960