Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Taylor, Gwenda, 1923 - , Interviewee, Female, Munitions worker;
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls her early family life in Ellistown, particularly her father working as a miner. Describes the arrival of Bevin Boys in Ellistown during the Second World War and what they were like. Also talks about American soldiers, Italian Prisoners of War (POWs) and the Home Guard. Mentions her work at Pegsons on munitions, before housekeeping for her father and sister. Talks about seeing pit ponies above ground and her father's involvement in a pit rescue. Describes miners' wives collecting wages and men gambling. Describes the animals her father kept, his allotment and the additional farm work he did during the Second World War. Describes Co-op treats, Hugglescote flower show, cycle racing and local dances.
Place of birth: Ellistown, Leicester
Education: Ellistown Council school.
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ellistown, Coalville
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 17/2/1992
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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