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306, WF/013/H13
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Simpson, William, 1921 - , Interviewee, Female, Polisher, pottery trade; Army service; Hosiery trade;
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood and early life in Stoke-on-Trent, working in the pottery trade as a polisher, until joining the army at age nineteen, during the Second World War. Describes the family home and living conditions. Talks about being a gunner in the Royal Artillery and travel to India, Iraq and Iran and other countries in the Middle East, during his army service. Also talks about meeting his wife via a pen-pal scheme, eventual marriage and move to Hinckley. Describes obtaining work in the hosiery trade at Bennett's then Bodicotts; explains the differences between work in the Potteries and Hinckley and preference for Hinckley. Talks about early married life and Hinckley.
Place of birth: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1 Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Printer
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire, Staffordshire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley, Stoke on Trent
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 18/5/1994
Playing time: 28 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: Yes
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
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