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1119, LO/466/416
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Thorley, John (Jack), 1910 - , Interviewee, Male, Railwayman
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Talks about childhood with parents in Charnwood Forest Railway Inn, Loughborough, Leicestershire, describing pub, chores, prices of drinks; states zeppelin bomb blew windows out in 1916. Details education, ambition, finding job with Great Central Railway (GCR), Leicester. Describes shifts, tests, high status of railway jobs. Mentions power of employers, weakness of trade union, wages, work as clerk. Describes rail accident in 1931. Talks about railway signals, excursion trains, becoming station master, looking after rolling stock for Nottingham district, joining London & North Western Railway (LNWR) after it took over GCR. Mentions Royal trains, circus trains. Talks about people and area around Charnwood Forest Railway Inn; helping a Mr Heggs on local market, local bargees, Grandfather's drinking, running the pub, food, local workhouse.
Place of birth: Loughborough
Education: Shakespeare Street; Loughborough College School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Pub landlord
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Loughborough, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Language: English

Recording Date: 29/3/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 35 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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