Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Wood, Reg, 1909 - , Interviewee, Male, Painting and decorating; Army; Farming; Caretaker.
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood and family life, mother died when he was two years old. Describes home life, father's and brother's work , schooling, and refers to the First World War. Recalls the games and sports played and the entertainment available in the area, including the public houses and theatre and cinema. Talks about village life and local people. Describes work experience, one week as miner before leaving, then as plasterer and decorator. Recalls courtship and marriage in 1935 and being in Territorial Army. Describes war service in the army in 1/5 Leicestershire Regiment as a parachutist. Recalls Dunkirk, El Alamein, Sicily, D-Day, Arnhem. Talks about life after demobilisation when he went to work on a farm looking after animals until 1966.
Place of birth: Hartshorn, Leicestershire
Education: Woodville school to age 13
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Woodville, Gresley
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s,
Recording Date: 8/1/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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