Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Elliott, Charles Keith, 1911 - , Interviewee, Male, Company Director
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Very brief memories of First World War. Describes life at Oakham School, enjoying chemistry; starting work in laboratory at Wolsey [Leicester]. Recalls night shift, shooting rats, wages. Mention of dancing at Palais, playing sport. Describes reactions to, effects of, Bedeaux strike. Mention of hours as dyer, describes job as assistant manager. Names characters, recalls work as fun; mentions use of chlorine in dye-works. Talks briefly about joining Territorial Army, service in gunnery brigade during Second World War. Describes unexpectedly becoming manager of sock department, merchandising and selling, making Y-front underwear, becoming full director. Reflects on changes in fashion and production, expansion of business, feeling close to workforce.
Place of birth: Ripley, Derbyshire
Education: Mansfield Grammar School, Oakham School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Bank Manager
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 4/8/1988
Playing time: 58 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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