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1001, LO/356/307
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Sleath, Madeleine, 1896 - , Interviewee, Female, Railway porter
Speaker: Lee, Liza, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes her mother's work as milliner, going to Good Templars home at Sunbury on Thames, Surrey, from age 11, having lost father. Outlines mother's remarriage, move to Coalville, Leicestershire. Describes parade in Sileby for King George V's coronation. Relates getting job as porter at Rothley train station. Describes uniform, duties, wages. Mentions bombs falling on Loughborough in First World War. Recalls courtship with husband, wedding dress. Recites poem and parody given by boy at orphanage.
Place of birth: Stoughton Hill, Nottinghamshire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation: Milliner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Sileby, Rothley
Periods Covered: 1900s,1910s, 1920s
Language: English

Recording Date: 19/3/1987
Playing time: 26 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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