Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Saunders, F., 1906 - , Interviewee, Male, Apprentice draughtsman and estimator; Munitions; Air Raid Precautions warden.
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about various jobs, including apprenticeship, unemployment, and work for local council before working in munitions during the Second World War. Also gives detail about being an Air Raid Precautions warden, including training, area of responsibility and fire drill. Gives considerable detail about Coalville area during the Second World War and various events and circumstances due to war conditions. In the second interview on Tape 2 Mr Saunders recalls his early life, describing his school days, streets in Hugglescote using their former names, and various personalities in the village. Recalls start and end of First World War and the effects of the Zeppelin raid on Loughborough. Describes many aspects of life in Hugglescote, including the public houses, drunkenness, the wakes, the mill, politics and the local Canon. Home remedies, the house they lived in, Sunday school, scrumping, children's games, listening to the wireless and family life are also recalled, as well as the entertainments that were available.
Place of birth: Hugglescote, Leicestershire
Education: Hugglescote school
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1 Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Foreman
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hugglescote,
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 4/5/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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