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217, DW400/001
David Wood Collection

Speaker: Geary, George, 1888 - , Interviewee, Male, Shoe maker, clicker.
Speaker: Wood, D., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Talks about the boot and shoe industry and working for his relations who owned the Geary Brothers' shoe factory. Describes the domestic living conditions of his family, of which he was one of eleven. Recalls local sporting activities and local players who went on to play for Leicester Fosse Football Club. Gives opinion about the schooling and curriculum available when he was at school and other details of schooldays. Recalls "part-time schooling" and starting work in Geary Brothers' shoe factory as a clicker, describes the conditions in the factory, pay and details of shift work. Recalls the arrival of piped water to the village and different common illnesses experienced locally. Talks about his parents' religions and the death of his father at the age of 45. Describes his army service during the First World War, from 1915 to 1918. Recalls the start of the 20th century and the end of the Boer War. Describes traction engines ploughing. Refers to various burial sites in the village.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe tapper.
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s, 1920s, 1930s,1940s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 23/1/1985
Playing time:
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: D. Wood
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference:

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