Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Boulter, Sidney, - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes square, shops, housing of Knighton, Leicester. Brief mention of father being pool attendant at Kenwood pool, distinction between working class and 'toffs', mother cleaning and washing. Talks about home, sleeping arrangements. Describes council house on Herrick Road, using slipper baths at Aylestone swimming pool. Talks about Sundays, singing in choir, riding in Colonal Porter's car. Describes outbreak of Second World War, feeling patriotic, joining Royal Air Force (RAF). Recalls gas masks, air raid shelters, 'salute a soldier' week, Victoria Park being allotments, the black out, neighbourly spirit of people. Talks about RAF training, being prepared for and being used to death, celebrations at end of war. Describes experience which led to becoming committed Christian during war.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Billiard marker, swimming pool attendant
Mother's Occupation: Washer/cleaner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 9/5/1989
Playing time: 1 hr 21 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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