Community History Collection
Speaker: Hales, Freda, 1920 - 0, Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Gives background to joining Air Raid Precautions (ARP) in Leicester at start of World War II. Lists stations served at in city. Describes in detail dealing with a complaint about billeting a child when allocating evacuees to homes, finding the house was totally unsuitable, having to be deloused. Comments on mixed receptions evacuees received, problems encountered. Mentions working at Richardsons the chemists, difficulties of juggling family, work, ARP. Talks about learning to knit clothes. Describes need to know Leicester well for ARP work, working with Mayor, attitude to danger in air raids. Mentions posting to London, doodlebugs, thinking Leicester was less hectic, not enjoying a week in Coventry, knitting clothes for troops. Mentions how coped at home, taking weekends off to Derbyshire, getting honey from countryside, receiving pork, eggs, as a thank you in Wymeswold, general memories of variety of foods.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 14/6/1996
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHCL
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