From A School to A Hospital

Gwen Soper & her classmates - front row, 2nd left.

Gwen Soper & her classmates – front row, 2nd left.

Gwen Soper (b.1919) remembers an illness striking Creekmouth School

‘I went to Creeksmouth School when I was 4. The teachers I remember were: Mr Matthews, Miss Downs and Miss Debenham.  During an epidemic of Scarlet Fever the school was taken over as a hospital because so many people in the village had it. My mum and two brothers were taken into the school but I had to go to Upney Hospital. The ambulance would drive up and down, taking people away. We had a blanket across the front door, soaked in disinfectant, until an ambulance could be spared to pick me up.

I don’t know when the school re-opened after the epidemic as I was sent to Westbury School and from there, when I was eleven, to Eastbury School.’