Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Sawbridge, Art, 1896 - , Interviewee, Male, Bricklayer; Army;
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls his early family life as one of ten children in Leicester and his schooling. Describes his family, the family home and sport he played as a child and gives an account of losing the sight in an eye playing cricket. Describes trying to enlist and eventual army service during the First World War. Talks about becoming a bricklayer, the building trade and describes building his own house. Recalls Wright's restaurant on London Road in Leicester, and dealing with various firms. Also describes the changes to different landmarks in Leicester. Talks about being a keen follower of the Leicester Tigers rugby team and the entertainment available, such as the theatre. Recalls clothing worn in the 1920s and the difference in food now. Describes bombing during the Second World War and being an Air Raid Precaution warden.
Place of birth: Burgess Road, Leicester
Education: Lansdowne Road school, Leicester. Granby Road school, Leicester.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Builder
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s,
Recording Date: 21/9/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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