Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Bottrill, John, 1897 - , Interviewee, Male, Transport driver;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in Anstey, in particular the jobs he did as a boy such as pumping the church organ. Recalls leaving school and first job at Palmer's factory in the clicking room, and working for a doctor. Talks about his mother who was a painter and decorator. Describes how he gained experience of driving and becoming a driver in the army during the First World War. Describes his wartime experience in Basra, Baghdad and Iran, including seeing refugees from the Russian Revolution. Describes the driving work he did after the war, setting up his own coal delivery business and taking out tours in a convertible charabanc during the summer. Gives details of the tours.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Mother's Occupation: Painter and Decorator
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1947
Recording Date: 21/6/1984
Playing time: 60 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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