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1061, LO/408/359
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Woodward, Lawrence Arthur, 1911 - , Interviewee, Male, Teacher
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Outlines father's early death, mother's breakdown, being admitted to Church of England home in Avenue Road, Leicester, for three years under care of Mr and Mrs Munro. Recalls that boys attended St John the Baptist church and school where Samuel Scattergood, a strict man, was headmaster. Remembers second in command Eric Pepper being kinder. Describes Mr Munro, who knocked boys about, gives examples. Talks about sport played, describes routine as helper to Mrs Munro. Recalls watching girls play tennis, liking one girl in particular. Talks about Congregational Churches. Believes church didn't know about treatment in childrens' home. Describes food, routine, a boy who wet the bed and was caned regularly. Outlines leaving for Gordon Boys' Home, Surrey, where learnt carpentry, working in London, then hosiery in Hinckley, Leicestershire, before joining army in 1940. Talks about teacher training, teaching jobs in Burbage, Leicestershire.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: St John the Baptist Primary School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Iron foundry worker
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 11/8/1987
Playing time: 1 hr 3 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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