Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon, 1934 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: McGrath, JM, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in India with British Army family. Describes poverty of local population, meeting Mahatma Ghandi, attitudes to Ghandi. Outlines journey to England, reflects he was undiscliplined as a child. Recalls stealing money, being sent to approved schools in Cheshire, then Northamptonshire where bullying rife. Tells of enjoying time in Lowtham Grange, Nottinghamshire; describes regime, influence of 'daddies' [hard men], homosexuality, fights, difference between open and closed borstals. Reflects on atmosphere, learning to become criminal, gives examples. Describes reception at Leicester Prison, daily routine, animosity towards warders, animosity towards black prisoners, prison officers' attitudes.
Place of birth: Nottingham
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Nottingham, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 26/3/1987
Playing time: 56 mins
Access Restrictions: Name withheld Item Copyright: EMOHA
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