Henry Cox

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Henry Cox was born in 1884 in Derbyshire and moved with his family to Giggleswick when he was only four years old.

He recalls his medical examination in 1894 before he started work part-time in Langcliffe cotton mill when he was eleven years old. His mother had dressed him in his Sunday best in preparation for his examination and of course he had had a bath the night before. Henry was puzzled when the doctor kept asking him his name and it was only when he replied the third time that he remembered to add the word ‘Sir’.  “You’ll do!” came the reply from the doctor and that was the end of the medical examination!

He also recalls other stories from his time working in the mill, including some interesting occupational names such as ‘gassers’.