Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Granger, Arnold, 1913 - , Interviewee, Male, Fireman; Shoe pattern cutter;
Speaker: Pallett, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls education at Junior Technical school, Gateway School, in 1928 and being unable to continue education at university because of means test. Mentions his father being a conscientious objector during the First World War. Describes working for his uncle in Norwich, at Edwards and Holmes shoe factory, for no wage, to gain experience. Describes the conveyor system used. Talks about the Spanish Civil War. Describes joining the Auxiliary Fire Service ( later the National Fire Service), the training he received and his experience as a fireman during the Second World War. Describes the night of the Leicester blitz, fire fighting in Peterborough and Norwich after heavy bombing. Describes the dropping of butterfly bombs in Grimsby and seeing the aircraft depart for Arnhem in 1944.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Hazel Street Infants school; Junior Technical school
Marital Status: , Children:
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire, Norfolk
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Norwich
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 20/6/1984
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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