Leicester Oral History Archive
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Summary of interview item: The Great War. Compilation of interview extracts recalling personal experience of combat and conditions on the Home Front during the First World War. The outbreak of war is described and memories of wounded soldiers arriving in Leicester. The experiences of a soldier in the Dardanelles in 1915 and a member of the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 are described. Life on the Home Front, including Zeppelin and bombing raids, food shortages, rationing and deprivation due to the war are described in detail. Women taking on work left vacant by men away at the front is recalled. The fear of civil unrest due to food shortages and the unrest after the war, due to lack of jobs for demobilised soldiers, is described. The celebrations and feelings experienced at the end of the war in 1918 are recalled. The disillusionment felt after the war and into the 1920s and some of the politicians are remembered. The contributors to this tape are: Mr C. Bell, Mrs E. Gamble, Mr Hollis, Mr T. Redfern, Mr R Walton, Mr S. Coleman, Mr A. Hall, Dr Morton, Mr H. Riley, Mrs Woolly, Mr G. Draper, Mrs A. Hannah, Mr W. Newbold, Mr L. Rocke, Mrs E. Stretton, Mrs Hurst, Mr C. Monk, Mrs Marsten, Mrs W. Taylor, Miss Mc Donagh.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 43 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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