Speaker: Sheppard, LGJ (John), 1915 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Soldier
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes joining Territorial Army at Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Names officers, mentions German Shield competition, social side such as concerts, camps, shooting range, Ladysmith Ball. Comments on comradeship, Harborough Rubber Company being staffed by many ex-servicemen. Describes equipment, mentions pay, sport, Kibworth firing range, puttees being given up, women often being excluded from activities. Outlines initial activities locally at outbreak of Second World War. Talks about life as Prisoner of War (POW) of Germans; starting Leicestershire Club, Colonel German's wife sending packages, social life, music. Brief explanation of missing Korean War. There follows a second interview in which photographs of POW camps are described: fellow POWs named, gardening, smuggling man out of camp, Leicestershire Club, bee keeping, several theatrical shows using costumes from Munich Operatic Society, actor 'Pinky' Smith.
Place of birth: Ware, Hertfordshire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation: Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Market Harborough
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 16/6/2005
Playing time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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