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305, WF/012/H12
Westfeld Collection

Speaker: Attenborough, Albert, 1917 - , Interviewee, Male, Boot and shoe worker; Army service;
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood, father killed in First World War and mother having to clean, despite only having one arm. Talks about various people who lived in Hinckley, such as Mr and Mrs Pilgrim, Jim and Jack Wallace and Clifford Lee. Mentions starting work in the boot and shoe trade at Burbage in 1932, then at Wards at Barwell. Worked in the boot and shoe trade for fifty years. Describes different incidents when he was in the 5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, during the Second World War. Details houses in Bond Street and Trinity Lane in Hinckley and the sanitary arrangements. Recalls childhood games, his siblings' work, attending Albert Road board school and having a "bolshin" haircut. Mentions the local cinemas, local football team and seeing the sea for the first time. Recalls mother looking after tramps, involvement in a car accident, and his son- in -law's death. Talks about his first wife and her father, who practised animal remedies. Recalls the work of the Salvation Army for the troops during the war, and attending the Albert Road Methodist church, Sunday School. Talks about return to shoe trade after the war, buying first washing machine and buying his house.
Place of birth: Hinckley, Leicsetershire
Education: Albert Road Board school, Hinckley
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation: Cleaner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 17/5/1994
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: Yes
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
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