Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Toach, Edward Randolph, 1906 - , Interviewee, Male, Railway Porter
Speaker: Lee, Liza, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about growing up in Countesthorpe Cottage Homes, Leicestershire. Describes layout of Homes, chores, foster mother, two war heroes from the Homes. Gives examples of punishments. Mentions feeling like an outsider at local school, not taking to farming when sent to farm in Yorkshire, returning to workhouse in Leicester. Briefly mentions visits from various family members. Describes toys and treats at Christmas during First World War, games played, discipline, getting whooping cough, foster mothers. Briefly mentions leaving Homes to work at shop, being sent to do farm work. Mentions Board of Guardians, playing various musical instruments at many different functions. Reflects on poor quality of childhood.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Countesthorpe Cottage Homes
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Countesthorpe
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s
Recording Date: 15/4/1987
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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