Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Whatnall. A.E., 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Canteen manageress; Hosiery
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in Ellistown as one of eleven children, describes family life, going to church and the poor condition of the house she lived in. Talks about school, the Co-op treats and Ellistown Brass Band. Details various family illnesses, including bovine tuberculosis (TB) contracted by her brother. Describes the various jobs she has had including work in a tyre factory and canteen work. Gives detailed account of working for the Co-op at various pit canteens. Describes hearing about the outbreak of war. Also talks about meeting her husband, his work as a miner at Nailstone, depression as a result of work and death as a result of a pit accident. Talks about the death of one son in a motor bike accident and another son contracting tuberculosis.
Place of birth: Ellistown, Leicestershire
Education: Ellistown council school; Huggescote council school.
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 2 Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ellistown
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s,1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980
Recording Date: 30/3/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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