Speaker: Dean, John Robert, 1918 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Chauffer; Caretaker; Soldier
Speaker: Thornhill, C, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes first job in Robinson & Son shoe factory, Hinckley, Leicestershire. Talks about joining Territorial Army (5th Battalion Royal Leicester Regiment), 1936, becoming regular soldier, 1939, overcrowding at Glen Parva barracks. Lists 50th Battalion's movements to 1943, mention of flying bombs. Describes build up to D-Day, disembarkation on French beaches, problems with new trucks, move to front line, battle at Wurst Wessell, Belgium. Details holding Nijmegan and Arnhem, end of war, explosion of ammunition causing 13 deaths. Talks about being in Army of Occupation, marriage, married quarters, transfer to Hamburg. Details 12 months in Korea with 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, move to Egypt in canal zone, return to Britain as Regimental Sergeant Major of 5th Leicesters. Reflects on feelings towards the Regiment and army.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Widowed, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 12/3/2004
Playing time: 35 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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