Mo Clougher recalls how her brother was scared at having to wear a gas mask as a child
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 5th January 2012 by Jenny Porter
Mo recalls how her brother was so frightened by having to wear a gas mask as a child that the family decided to move to Huyton-with-Roby.
Interviewee: Mo Clougher
Interviewee Gender: Female
Date of Interview: 17th August 2011
Mo: Well the war broke out and we had to have gas masks and they were trying gas masks out on the children, and my brother, and my brother was terrified and panic had started flying round the school and because of thatâ€¦ Iâ€™m not sure what the modern name is for it but they called it Saint Vitus’ Dance now â€¦used to then. Iâ€™m not sure what they call it now and they used to get paralysed from shock. My sister didnâ€™t know about this but I can remember my mother talking about it quite a bit so they were advised by the doctor to move out of the area. So they went to live in Huyton-with-Roby away from everythingâ€¦
Jenny: O right.. right.
Mo: For â€¦For, er, erm Fred to you know, get erâ€¦anyway I donâ€™t know how, I mean, I didnâ€™t know for years erm but he..
Mo: But he got ok apparently in Huyton but had no idea how long it took him, but apparently he was alright. But thatâ€™s why we moved out to Huyton-with-Roby
Jenny: Oh right. So they were worried if he got too frightenedâ€¦
Mo: He said to move him away from everything that was going on, with the memories of the gas mask and everything he was just so so frightened though. He was a wreckâ€¦
Jenny: It would be frightening though.
Mo: It would be especially to a little child, he would only be about 6 something like that.
Jenny: yeah mmm
Mo: So thatâ€™s why, as I say, we went to live in Huyton-with-Roby. And then I was born there I was. There in â€™39.â€¦ I was born in â€˜39 there and then we, erm yeah, we were happy there, it was a nice place to live.
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