Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Johnstone, W.G., 1906 - , Interviewee, Male, Soldier; Colonial Policeman;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls his childhood as the son of a regular soldier, first in South Africa then India. Recalls George V and Queen Mary visiting India in 1912. Describes returning from India with his mother to Norwich, at the start of the First World War, when his father was sent to France. Talks about his father's experience at Mons and discharge in 1916. Talks about the family's return to Leicester and living in Fox Street. Recalls school days and being an errand boy during the war. Mentions joining the army at eighteen and travelling to China. Talks about working in his father's shop before joining the Palestine police. Talks about being in the Palestine Police for twenty years, meeting his wife and returning to England at the end of the Palestine mandate in 1949. Recalls various incidents about Leicester.
Place of birth: South Africa
Education: Medway Street school; Melbourne Road school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Soldier
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Norwich
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 14/2/1985
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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