Speaker: Jee, John, 1926 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Soldier; Chartered accountant
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Breifly describes family connections with Leicestershire. Explains background to volunteering for army in 1944, mentions not liking alternative of going down mines - brief description of previous visit to mine. Anecdote of being held back due to incorrect compass reading in training, being posted to India. Describes first impressions of poverty in Bombay [Mumbai], suffering from heat rashes. Talks about filling spare time with sport, using Bombay, mess night. Anecdotes of playing sport with officers. Briefly mentions lack of socialising with Indians. Comments on lack of understanding when atomic bomb dropped. Recalls attitude of Indians becoming harsher after Independence, return to bleak UK; mentions Royal Indian Naval mutiny, bloody civil riots in Bombay. Recalls few men being married or talking about girlfriend. Recalls nobody being interested in war when returned to civilian life, wondering if leaving was best thing. Reflects on meeting variety of people in army.
Place of birth: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Bank manager
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 24/5/2005
Playing time: 1hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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