Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Nettleton, Dorothy, 1909 - , Interviewee, Female, Maid; Printer
Speaker: West, Robert, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Relates how she became an orphan age 2, and the family was split up. Describes her progress from being a maid in London age 14, through a variety of jobs, to working in a printers in Leicester as 'taker-off' and at Woolworths on Saturdays. Describes the jobs, the pay and conditions, and briefly mentions a strike at a printer's firm. Explains how she joined the Land Army in 1940. Talks about the daily routine at a farm in Kegworth, Leicestershire, and then running a hostel for Land Army girls in Lubbenham. Describes accomodation, uniform, leisure time, pay, general conditions. Briefly mentions working with POWs. Recalls helping to make a combine harvester at Great Bowden, enlarging fields to use harvesters, and breaking her arm. Mentions the night Coventry was bombed and, briefly, how civilian life seemed dull in comparison to the Land Army.
Place of birth: London
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: London, Leicester, Lubbenham
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 2/4/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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