Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Bowley, Ken, 1932 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner; Electrician; Insurance agent.
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about early life in Barton in the Beans and move to Ellistown. Describes housing, parents' work and siblings. Recalls the effects of the Second World War on his parents and schooling, describing incidents of bombing, in particular seeing the bombing of Coventry. Also talks about Prisoners of War (POWs). Mentions the cinemas in Coalville and wartime fund raising activities by children. Talks about local transport and the jobs, mainly in agriculture, that he did as part time work as a boy.
Place of birth: Barton in the Beans, Leicestershire
Education: Battram infant and junior school; Ibstock secondary modern school.
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Domestic service
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Barton in the Beans; Ellistown.
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s,
Recording Date: 29/1/1989
Playing time: 24 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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