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1133, LO/480/430
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Ward, Daisy, 1912 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Faragher, V, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Outlines how parents married in Canada, returned to England to live in Queniborough, Leicestershire. Mention of childhood milk round, not having enough money for grammar school. Describes getting job as hand winder at factory in Syston, Leicestershire, hours, pay, operating one winder on first day, making gloves, different rates of pay, working fast to pay for dancing. Mentions firm, F&I Ellis, moving to Leicester. Explains how came to do current outwork making surgical socks. Mentions men at Leicester who worked old frames, briefly describes what they did. Remembers Mr Ellis as an approachable boss. Mentions taking bus to many dances, marrying late. Sketches early childhood on government farm at Ashby de la Zouch, lack of schooling. Describes making Auster aeroplanes in Syston during Second World War, hours worked. Briefly recalls night Coventry bombed. Describes being buried in debris when bombs fell on Queniborough.
Place of birth: At sea
Education: Queniborough School, Syston School
Marital Status: Married, Children: None
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation: Maid
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Queniborough, Syston
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 21/6/1988
Playing time: 50 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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