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40, MA200/040/040
Mantle Oral History Project

Speaker: Hague, Eli, 1913 - , Interviewee, Male, Engineer, coal mining; Farm worker; Brush salesman;
Speaker: Carswell, Jeanne, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and schooldays in Stalybridge, Lancashire, including early death of his mother and step-mother. Describes looking for work at thirteen years of age, period of unemployment and moving to Holbeach, Lincolnshire to look for farming work and stay with relatives. Describes his life, farming work and leisure activities in Lincolnshire before moving onto Leicester. Describes his journey by bike to Leicester, then around the Midlands looking for work, detailing his difficulty in finding work. Settles in Northamptonshire, with his father before getting job as door to door salesman, gives details of this job. Gives account of cycling holiday in the Black Forest in 1938 and encountering Hitler Youth Camp. Describes change of job, this time into engineering at Pegsons, in Coalville. Gives account of his move to Coalville, his lodgings and first impressions of the town. Meets his wife in Coalville just before Second World War, recalls outbreak of war and his war work. After war becomes engineer at the coalmine and eventually teaches mining engineering at Coalville Technical College, talks about his teaching.
Place of birth: Staleybridge, Lancashire
Education: Elementary
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 3
Father's Occupation: Watchmaker
Mother's Occupation: Cotton mill worker
Location: County: Leicestershire, Linconshire, Lancashire,
Location: Town/Place: Staylbridge; Coalville
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.
Language: English

Recording Date: 27/7/1988
Playing time:
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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