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220, DW400/005
David Wood Collection

Speaker: Anon, 1927 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Wood, D, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Gives a detailed account of his childhood and adolescence spent first in children's homes, then in various workhouses in Hampshire from 1939 to 1943. Describes the harshness of the workhouse regime, particularly the domestic labour expected of the boys and the abuse and ill treatment they experienced at the hands of workhouse staff and older inmates. Recalls running away from of a number of workhouse institutions, over the four years due to the brutality and abuse. Describes how he was eventually sent to an approved school, which was a vast improvement for him. The approved school provided education which was denied to children in the workhouse and the regime was much less harsh and non abusive.
Place of birth: Christchurch, Hampshire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Hampshire
Location: Town/Place: Winchester, Andover
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 20/1/1985
Playing time: 41 mins
Access Restrictions: name withheld Item Copyright: D. Wood
Summary: No
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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