Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Barker, Stan, 1910 - , Interviewee, Male, Builder; Army; part time fireman;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls memories of the First World War, including the escape of German prisoners of war (POW's) from Donnington Hall, POW's at Sutton Bonnington and POW' s and villagers dieing as a result of the "German" flu. Recalls attending Church school and describes fruit picking and running errands for money as a boy. Talks about people from the village, particularly those he met in the local public house. Mentions his building trade apprenticeship of seven years and becoming a trade training teacher. Describes the flood of 1932 in Castle Donnington. Details various methods of transport used in the area, the arrival of the first car, local taxi service and the streetlamp lighters. Talks about being a part time fireman. Describes school nature study walks and woodwork classes.
Place of birth: Castle Donnington, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Bricklayer
Mother's Occupation: Domestic service
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Castle Donington
Access Restrictions: no copyright Item Copyright: EMOHA
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