Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Hawke, Harold, 1910 - 1989, Interviewee, Male, Blacksmith, Farrier; Army.
Speaker: Noble, Len, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes early years in Cornwall as a child, including casual work on a farm potato picking. Further descriptions of farm work and farming in rural Cornwall in 1920s, including the livestock on the farm and stone walling. Mentions lack of work due to 1926 General Strike and eventually joining army to overcome this. Description of his life in the army, including basic training, boxing, being stationed in Gibraltar and eventually being sent to India in the early 1930's. Gives a full account of his army life in India and training and work as a farrier, eventually becoming a Farrier Major. Relates journey made from Lahore to Afghanistan over mountains with horses and mules.
Place of birth: St Neots, Cornwall
Education: Board school, Dobwalls; St Neots and Bolventor
Marital Status: Married, Children: 2
Father's Occupation: Blacksmith
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Cornwall
Periods Covered: 1910-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-1939
Recording Date: 28/7/1986
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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