Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Peacock, Edwin, 1900 - , Interviewee, Male, Bricklayer; Brass moulder apprentice;
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls becoming involved in socialism after the First World War. Describes becoming a bricklayer, moving to Leicester and the development of his trade union activities, including becoming district secretary of the Leicester District Committee of the Bricklayers Society. Mentions working on the Wakerley houses in Leicester. Describes in detail the activity in Leicester during the 1926 General Strike and the feelings of the strikers afterwards, particularly towards the Trade Unions Council (TUC). Recalls the Spanish Civil War and the three men who went from Leicester to fight in Spain and were killed. Observes people in Leicester were unaware of what was happening in Spain. Gives details of home remedies and mentions work done while still at school. Also mentions seeing the Manchester to London air race in 1911.
Place of birth: Bedford, Hertfordshire
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 13/1/1986
Playing time: 50 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: 686, LO/053/004 & 1049, LO/396/347
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