Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Orton, Herbert, 1897 - , Interviewee, Male, Clerk, Boot and Shoe worker
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes schooldays at Medway Street, Leicester. Very brief mention of giving a poetry recital at Old Pavillion in Wharf Street. Describes family, job as clerk at importer of hides and skins, creation of Glen Gorse Golf Club. Mentions rubbish being made into pig swill during Second World War (WWII). Describes social life at Temperance Hall, Secular Hall. Talks about being in Territorial Army, call up to Medical Corps during First World War (WWI), anecdotes about being on hospital ship at Bombay [India], Marseilles [France]. Describes time as socialist councillor from 1947. Talks about experience as special constable during WWII. Describes picking up wounded at Gallipoli during WWI. Mentions correspondence with American pen-friend.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Medway Street School
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughter: 1
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 15/7/1987
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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