Speaker: Aspell, Gerald, 1916 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Accountant; Farmer; Soldier;
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief background of father in Leicester Regiment, being in Officer Training Corps at Uppingham School. Outlines progress from being commissioned, 1933, to Royal Engineer on searchlights, 1936. Describes setting up 24 lights in Bedfordshire, General Post Office providing comunications. Mentions pay scales, discouraging families from following husbands around country. Explains how came to fly as flak officer with Royal Air Force in Europe and Burma, becoming gunner. Talks about social side of Territorial Army before Second World War. Comments on shock of seeing bad state of Prisoners of War in Rangoon at end of war. Outlines having to wait to return to Britain, being asked to reform anti-aircraft unit, how this affected business.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Uppingham School, Rutland
Marital Status: Widowed, Children:
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 2/3/2004
Playing time: 1 hr 1 min
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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