Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Kelly, W, 1907 - , Interviewee, Male, Police Inspector; Army Major;
Speaker: Pallett, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls briefly early life before joining the Metropolitan Police Force in 1931. Gives description of training at Hendon Police College and fast track to Probationary Inspector within three years. Talks about his move to Leicestershire, describing the force and the work. Returns to talk about his time as a police officer in Kensington, London, in particular being on duty when Communists tried to break up a Blackshirt rally at Olympia. Recalls joining a special police unit as an Army major during the Second World War. Describes going to France twenty days after D-day, then to Brussels, Eindhoven and Nijmegen during the battle of Arnhem. Talks about being wounded and being sent to Germany on the Control Commission, where he was involved in de-Nazification in Hamburg and the Frisian Islands.
Place of birth: Grantham, Lincolnshire
Education: George Heriot's school, Edinburgh.
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Civil Servant
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 12/11/1984
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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