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935, LO/290/241
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Williamson, Mary, 1904 - , Interviewee, Female, Nanny; Auxiliary nurse
Speaker: Flawith, Janet, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls operation as child. Very briefly mentions conditions in First World War, including food queues and Spanish flu. Describes first job as nursemaid with Anglo-German couple, and others at Swinton Castle, Yorkshire, Rufford Abbey, Nottingham, Launde Abbey, Leicestershire. Describes pay and conditions as nanny with Ferlong family, social life, hunting and other servants at Launde Abbey. Mentions move to Wardsall Hall, Retford to avoid marriage and eventual marriage. Details moving with husband to Carthageeie Farm belonging to Sir Lindsey Everard, between Syston and Six Hills, Leicestershire. Briefly describes work on farm and move to Scraptoft. Brief mention of moving to Braunstone and dinner parties at Lord and Lady Everards' Also mentions bus services. Briefly describes being auxiliary nurse at several maternity hospitals in Leicestershire and Rutland, and impact of National Health Service( NHS). Recalls ignorance of facts of life and menstruation. Very briefly mentions evacuees and Oakham during Second World War. Describes different child birth and procedure for mothers in hospital.
Place of birth: Darlington, County Durham
Marital Status: Married, Children: Son: 1 Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Head Horseman
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Oakham, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 26/6/1986
Playing time: 55 mins
Access Restrictions: Full Clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference:

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