Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Newton, Thomas, 1906 - , Interviewee, Male, Upholsterer;
Speaker: Lee, Liza, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls the celebrations for the coronation of George V in 1909, in Burton Overy, Leicestershire. Describes the village and cottage he lived in. Mentions his father's work as a traveling joiner and part time policeman. Describes family bereavement, elder brother's work and resulting move to Belgrave in Leicester and effect this had. Describes framers dipping sheep in Burton Overy, funerals in the village and social life centering on the public house. Comments on the village school and carefree life in the village and contrasts this with the move to Leicester and education there. Mentions leaving school at 14 to be an apprentice cabinet maker/upholsterer. Describes his training in upholstery, including the introduction of machinery. Recalls struggle his mother had after father's death and brothers being called up for army service during the First World War, also seeing Zeppelin over Leicester. Mentions being called up in 1942 and briefly describes army service during the Second World War.
Place of birth: Burton Overy, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Joiner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Burton Overy
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 17/9/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 5 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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