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787, LO/151/102
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Smith, Francis, 1912 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal Miner, face worker;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls following his father into being a coal miner at Whitwick colliery. Describes in detail work at the pit from 1926 as a face worker. Gives details of the conditions in the mine, trade unions, accidents, machinery, clothing and movement at the pit face in the dark. Recalls going for other work without success. Describes how machinery replaced men, and wage structure and management. Recalls the hardship and poverty during the 1920s and lack of compensation for workers after accidents. Talks about miners' hobbies.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Coal miner
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Whitwick
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Language: English

Recording Date: 31/1/1985
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full Clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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