Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Cooper, Jack, 1914 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, door trapper; Regular army.
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and the death of his father. Describes his enjoyment of school and the punishment he received, in particular one severe punishment. Describes leaving school and working as a miner before joining the army as a regular soldier in 1932. Gives a long and detailed account of his life in the army. After training is posted to India via the Mediterranean. Describes his time in India, first in the Khyber Pass then at Lucknow, which he did not enjoy. Recalls his trip back to England and returning to work at Desford Colliery. Gives an account of being called up as a reservist at the outbreak of the Second World War, describing evacuation from Dunkirk and action in Palestine and North Africa. Gives detailed descriptions of various missions he was involved in during the war.
Place of birth: Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire
Education: Ibstock junior school.
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire, India
Location: Town/Place: Ibstock,
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s,
Recording Date: 17/10/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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