Child­hood mem­o­ries of kind doc­tor’s care in 1940s Wil­len­hall

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

PAULINE Poole’s let­ter in Bu­gle 1365, Oc­to­ber 24, stirred a lot of mem­o­ries.

Em­ploy­ment at Gar­ring­tons en­abled my par­ents, Frank and Flo Moss, brother Ge­off and my­self, to move from Hed­nes­ford to 56 Har­rowby Place, Wil­len­hall, in 1935 – a new semide­tached (we were there for 30 years).

Our im­me­di­ate neigh­bours were mostly Dar­las­ton folk and Mom, Ge­off and my­self were “on the panel” of the Drs Lamb – lovely Ir­ish broth­ers. My fa­ther at­tended Dr Sher­wood in Wil­len­hall.

The Dar­las­ton surg­eries were on the Bull Stake and the other at Block­all. No cars in those days – Mid­land Red bus. As Mrs Poole said, the first words ut­tered were “who do we fol­low?” Could be there some­times one hour or two, but a doc­tor was seen. Sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion with the dis­pen­sary and any med­i­ca­tion needed.

At the age of ten – 1942, the height of the war – I was se­ri­ously ill with an ear in­fec­tion, prob­a­bly mas­toidi­tis. A doc­tor came in ev­ery day, hospi­tal was a se­ri­ous pos­si­bil­ity, but a Dr Lamb called in one af­ter­noon, with tablets, one to be taken ev­ery four hours, even dur­ing the night, crushed on a spoon with wa­ter or milk. They made me feel worse, but the in­fec­tion started to clear. M&B 693, an early an­tibi­otic.

My re­gards to any in Har­rowby Place who re­call the Moss fam­ily (the field, I know, is now a hous­ing es­tate) and to any in Dar­las­ton (Garro’ folk in par­tic­u­lar who re­mem­ber by fa­ther Frank), Wil­len­hall and Wal­sall.

Love the Bu­gle here in Devon, and Mrs Poole’s let­ters in par­tic­u­lar, and she knows my area Cyn­thia Smith, née Moss Frem­ing­ton Barn­sta­ple

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