Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Woodhouse, William Eric, 1909 - , Interviewee, Male, Railway clerk
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Briefly outlines schoolling in Rugby before leaving to become clerk on railway, transferring to London in 1931. Describes work, pay, hours, joining union. Thumbnail sketch of Melton Mowbray station. Mention of being relocated, promotion sometimes depending on favouritism, device for detecting forged coins. Talks about people avoiding fares, methods of forging tickets. Outlines Second World War experiences in France until 1940, in Palestine as locomotive clerk. Recalls strike of 1919, father's wages as driver, queuing for rations during First World War.
Place of birth: Rugby, Warwickshire
Education: To age 16
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Railwayman
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 27/1/1988
Playing time: 55 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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