Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Bancroft, Edith May, 1899 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic service; Hosiery industry.
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and family. Talks about father's work as a railway guard and mother's struggle to look after the family after father's early death. Describes work in domestic service and being sent for by mother due to fear of Zeppelin raids. Describes the Coronation of George V in 1911. Talks about cost of train travel, and changing her work to the clothing industry. Describes courting her husband and sex education. Describes housing problems when first married and housing improvements over the years. Talks about religion and the education of her children. Recalls her war work in the Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) during the Second World War dealing with evacuees, and wartime rationing.
Place of birth: Yockleton, Shropshire
Marital Status: Married, Children: Son: 1 Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Railway guard
Mother's Occupation: Domestic service
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Bagworth
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s,
Recording Date: 1/8/1989
Access Restrictions: no copyright given Item Copyright:
Cross Reference: see 0059 MA200/060/060
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