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1124, LO/471/421
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Holohan, Leslie Clifford, 1920 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood poverty in Forest Road, Leicester, lack of food in winter, furniture lost to means test. Describes family house, mentions father's heavy drinking. Mentions reading a lot, describes a family Christmas, names some songs sung by family, recalls home as having nothing to keep them there. Describes working at grocer's on Charnwood Street, recalls lack of hygiene. Brief memory of not having money for swimming trunks. Recalls selling cartoons to local paper but father pointing him to better paid factory work as runabout at Corah's. Describes his ambitious attitude, how he got on via the union. Recalls that women were seen as cheap labour, describes bad conditions, compares women's work and conditions with men's; recalls attitudes changing after Second World War.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: To age 12
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Slater's labourer
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 10/5/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 3 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference: LO/384/335

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