Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Peacock, Edwin, 1900 - , Interviewee, Male, Bricklayer; Brass moulder apprentice;
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes developing psoriasis in army at end of First World War, being unable to return to foundry, learning bricklaying, coming to Leicester in 1922. Describes attending meetings of Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers, mentions Leicester secretary Tom Hickley. Talks about being elected to Trades Council, explains how men were employed in building trade, mentions places he worked. Explains what union contributions covered, mentions obtaining better conditions for building workers. Outlines progress as chairman of local branch and Federation. Mentions how disputes dealt with; briefly mentions affliations to Labour party, how meetings were held. Describes being Drains Inspector, people leaving slums of Leicester. Mentions Permits Sub-Committee allocating goods during General Strike, 1926. Briefly recalls older bricklayers having no pension. Mentions listening to boxing on radio, seeing All Blacks rugby team in 1911. Reflects on lack of solidarity in unions now [1980s]. Talks about means test in 1936, gives example of hardship. Mentions taking in two miners' sons during General Strike.
Place of birth: Bedford, Hertfordshire
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 14/7/1987
Playing time: 56 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: 686, LO/053/004 & 873, LO/237/188
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