Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Anon., 1914 - , Interviewee, Male, Stoker; Engineering; Army service, Airborne Regiment.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes early life in south London dock area during 1920s. Gives picture of street life, including gambling and theft. Recalls poor education, variety of jobs and unemployment. Details early marriage at 19 while on the dole, hop picking in Kent and pastimes. Continues with account of being called up to the army, in airborne regiment, at start of Second World War, including battle of Arnhem and subsequent experience as a Prisoner of War (POW). Describes liberation from POW camp by Americans. Recalls wife's evacuation to Coalville and their decision to remain there after his repatriation and recovery after imprisonment in Germany. Talks about different jobs in Coalville before becoming stoker at Seal's and his feelings for London.
Place of birth: Deptford, London
Education: Primary school
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 3 Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Sawyer
Mother's Occupation: Biscuit factory worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: London; Coalville
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 15/2/1988
Access Restrictions: Name withheld Item Copyright: EMOHA
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