Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Hunt, Ernest, 1921 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Flawith, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and childhood in the Wharf Street area of Leicester. Mentions shops in Wharf Street and the different sporting clubs in the area. Recalls first job in meat market at 14 years of age and becoming a hat and cap maker before working in engineering at Jones and Shipman's. Mentions Basque refugees at Mantle Road school. Recalls catching rabbits and picking mushrooms and eggs. Describes the family home and his living with his aunt and uncle due to his mother's ill health. Recalls the hunger marches and using the pawn shop. Talks about his interest in Road walking, walks he went on, games played as a child and street gangs. Sketches his wartime service in the Royal Marines during the Second World War and treatment for Tuberculosis (TB) in Switzerland after the war. Lists shops and restaurants in Leicester city centre such as Lewis's. Mentions the Holy Bones area, areas of prostitution. Recalls briefly Christmas presents, missing school to watch football and the local police.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Boot and shoe artist
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 18/6/1986
Playing time: 43 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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