What is perhaps more interesting about this story is the enduring nature of these verbal tales passed down through the ages and they become part of community folklore .
An example of this is, after a quick search on the internet, are the numerous presentations of grey ladies throughout the country, often associated with military hospitals. From Glasgow to Sheffield, Aldershot to Stanmore they all have their versions of similar stories. The grey lady was a nurse who through guilt or jilted love took her own life and now wanders the wards eternally caring for the sick.
There is also a grey lady at the Rifles Museum in Salisbury too.
The Infirmary story ends when the hospital finally closed in early 1990s, moving services to the current Salisbury District Hospital. A chapel service was reportedly held and the grey lady was invited to leave too.
Whatever your thoughts on the validity of these shared experiences or belief in restless spirits; the emotional nature of hospitals and the night shift patterns all could certainly contribute to the right psychological circumstances - But does this explain how these stories have spread or why there are so many similarities between numerous disparate locations and how have they become part of an unconscious collective?
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