Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: College, Aubrey, 1905 - 1993, Interviewee, Male, Factory foreman; Aircraft engine fitter; Owner of Nursery business.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early years, his family and memories of Coalville and Belvoir Road shops and cinema, when he was a child (approximately 1910). Describes parents' work. Describes move to Whitwick and various leisure activities in Whitwick, such as Holland's fair and travelling theatre. Gives portrait of Whitwick Dumps, mother cleaning and cooking, and recalls having diphtheria as a boy. Remembers start of First World War, the Zeppelin raid on Loughborough and cousin telling him about the war, when on leave. Recalls school days and more aspects of life in Whitwick, including the bus service. Describes work at Seal's factory and call up for war service during Second World War, becomes aero engine fitter for Royal Air Force (RAF), but discharged. Eventually starts own Nursery business. Talks about his interest in music.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: Caolville Church of England school Whitwick Church of England school
Marital Status: Married, Children: Son: 1 Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Blacksmith
Mother's Occupation: Broad web weaver
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville; Whitwick
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 23/2/1988
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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