Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Jarvis, Eric, 1914 - , Interviewee, Male, Railway worker; Webbing factory worker.
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in Whitwick, talks about his parents and the family home. Also recalls use of front room for out-working business, with embroiderers doing chevroning. Describes school and teachers. Also describes Sunday school at Methodist chapel and later involvement with the church as a preacher. Talks about the games played as a child and casual work that had to be done as a child to help with the family income. Describes first job at Seal's webbing factory, where he worked until 1933, then at Toppenham's. Continues with leaving factory to work as a railway porter in 1937, gives account of his work on the railway.
Place of birth: Whitwick, Leicestershire
Education: Whitwick National school; Broom Leys, secondary school; Wigston secondary school.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Winding engineer
Mother's Occupation: Domestic service
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Whitwick.
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 3/1/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright:
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