Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Thomas, Reg, 1925 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal mining surveyor and planner; Apprentice surveyor;
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life and poor circumstances of his family, including standing with his father in the dole queue. Describes his education at Hugglescote school and his and his siblings going to Grammar school in Coalville after a campaign and the Children's Society paying the fees. Gives details of their education. Describes in detail his first job as a Colliery Surveying apprentice at Desford pit. Details further education undertaken to qualify as mining surveyor. Recalls first job when qualified as Surveyor of Desford and Merrylees mines, detailing why Merylees was opened and the underground connection to Desford. Describes effects of Nationalisation of mining and names the districts found in mines. Talks about various people he worked with or came across while working in the mines. Recalls accidents and talks about the Bevin Boys, rivalry between pits and the Coal Board Doctor.
Place of birth: Hugglescote, Leicestershire
Education: Hugglescote school; King Edward Grammar school Coalville.
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hugglescote, Coalville
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 1/7/1992
Playing time: 1 hr 7 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: see 00044 MA200/045/045
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