Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Betteridge, Frederick, 1905 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, face worker; Factory; Royal Air Force Regiment.
Speaker: Baines, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about his family and childhood. Parents were tailors, his father killed in First World War. Mentions school and involvement with the church. Describes his first job in engineering and decision to work at Ibstock pit . Gives a detailed account of his work in mining and the conditions down the pit from 1921, including wages, holidays, safety equipment, fire, pit ponies and periods of unemployment. Talks about meeting his wife and courtship. Details other work he did after marriage and his call up to the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. Continues with his return to mining and more detail of mining conditions, hazards faced by miners and the introduction of new machinery. Talks about retirement activities.
Place of birth: Hugglescote, Leicestershire
Education: Huggescote Church school
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1
Father's Occupation: Tailor
Mother's Occupation: Tailoress
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville; Ibstock.
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970,
Recording Date: 8/9/1988
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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