Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Shellard, Laurence Harvey, 1912 - , Interviewee, Male, Railwayman
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about starting at Market Harborough railway station in 1927 as box lad, then moving to Greetham, Rutland, where did all jobs. Very brief mention of father's career on railway. Mentions usefulness of railway connection when joining railway, brief period of redundancy in 1932. Describes work as porter at Market Harborough, moving horses, milk churns, mail. Mentions volume of traffic through station. Describes uniform, preparations for Royal train. Lists stations worked at during Second World War. Mentions troops from Dunkirk passing through Leicester, Italian prisoners of war getting on with local people. Anecdotes about two characters at Market Harborough station. Mention of preparing trains for excursions. Describes a suicide. Mention of unions, railway police, wages.
Place of birth: Great Bowden, Leicestershire
Education: To age 14
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Railwayman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Market Harborough
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 8/2/1988
Playing time: 52 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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