Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Dickens, Douglas, 1914 - , Interviewee, Female, Fireman; Accounts clerk;
Speaker: Pallett, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and childhood in Leicester. Describes the family home in Southgate Street, occupied by three generations of the family, and people who lived near by. Talks about the Consanguinitarium built by John Johnson. Mentions the General Strike in 1926, a crystal set radio, and starting work at fifteen as an accounts clerk. Describes joining the fire service as a volunteer in 1939 and being a full time fireman when the Second World War broke out. Describes his work as a fireman during the war, including details of an air raid on Leicester on 19th November 1940, being called to Birmingham on 22nd November 1940 to assist, and to Norwich. Also mentions attending various plane crashes, including one in Aylestone Lane, Leicester.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 26/10/1984
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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