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1099, LO/445/396
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Hurst, Walter, 1914 - , Interviewee, Male, Railwayman
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Briefly describes jobs on milk delivery, in chemists, up to joining London & North Western Railway (LNWR). Talks about progress from parcel van boy, telegraph boy [Leicester], to junior porter at Kibworth, senior porter at Croft, signalman between Thurmaston and Syston. Describes hours, pay, signal system used in fog. Mentions hearing bombers overhead during Second World War, belonging to National Union of Railwaymen, shifts worked, engines which ran on his line. Explains how signals work, talks about the railway today.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Melbourne Road School, Medway School
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons, 2
Father's Occupation: Railway drayman
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Language: English

Recording Date: 6/1/1988
Playing time: 26 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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