Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Jones, Jack, 1924 - 1993, Interviewee, Male, Coal Miner; Trade Union Official; Royal Marines;
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about his early life as a foster child, his parents and foster parents. Early years were spent in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Recalls his home life, church and school. Describes first job as Co-op delivery boy then shop assistant, and the working conditions. Joined the Royal Marines during the Second World War, details his war service. Describes employment after demobilisation in 1946. Talks about union membership in the engineering trade. Talks about his move to Leicestershire and work in coal mining, describes conditions, wages, rationing, clothing, miners pastimes and medical facilities. Details his work in mining trade union and the strikes of 1972 and 1984. Also mentions pit closures at Lount, Nailstone and Merrylees. 1960s.
Place of birth: Tonbridge Wells, Kent
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire
Location: Town/Place: Desford; Market Bosworth
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,
Recording Date: 6/1/1988
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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