Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon., 1907 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls rushing home to parents at outbreak of First World War, women handing out white feathers to men who hadn't enlisted, distress of mother when telegram announced father's death at war. Explains his religious beliefs, registering as conscientious objector (CO) during Second World War. Describes war work done, worry of losing job in insurance due to being CO, speaking to others in similar situation. Details attending tribunal to explain his position, being given three work options, choosing agricultural work near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Describes work done, remembers finding manual work hard, enjoyed hedge cutting. Recalls presenting his reasons for being CO to Labour Exchange, varying attitudes of others to his position. Reflects on support of family, his attitude to the war, relief when it was over.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 13/10/1987
Playing time: 39 mins
Access Restrictions: Name withheld Item Copyright: EMOHA
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