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    • Interview with Louie Sharp

    • Sharp, Louie
    • Recalls early family life in Leicester and Coventry. Describes seeing Queen Victoria on a visit to Coventry. Talks about father's work and her own work as a hosiery winder in Barrow on Soar then at Crown Tam Mills in Leicester, before working for...
    • Work; War; Family; World War I; World War II; Shopping; Food; Holidays;
    • Interview with Alice Hannah

    • Hannah, Alice
    • Recalls the First World War, particularly soldiers on leave being reluctant to return to the front, rationing and horses being taken for the war effort. Talks about men suffering the effects of gas and shell shock and the influenza epidemics. Talks...
    • Health; World War I; World War II;
    • Interview with Vera Hall

    • Hall, Vera
    • Recalls her childhood in Aylestone and Belgrave and some major events that happened. Recalls her grandfather and the lack of state welfare for the elderly and sick. Recalls the introduction of the old age pension in 1908 and the end of the First...
    • World War I; World War II; Leisure; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with Mrs E. M. Brown

    • Brown, E.M.
    • Recalls childhood in Leicester, including attending a playschool in Belgrave Road. Talks about her father not having to fight during the First World War and Belgian refugees. Mentions starting work as an office junior. Describes fear of air raids,...
    • Education; World War I; Work; Health; Entertainment; World War II;
    • Interview with Betty Preston

    • Preston, Betty
    • Recalls family life and home in the Belgrave area of Leicester during and after the First World War. Mentions the high number of deaths due to the Spanish Flu outbreak. Recalls her school teacher and the type of work her parents did.
    • City & town life; War; Health; Education; Shopping;
    • Interview with C. Martin

    • Martin, C.
    • Describes the Leadenhall Street and Belgrave Gate areas of Leicester from 1910, including conditions in the home, and utilities, barges and trams. Recalls school, the First World War, Coronation of George VI, the cinema and magic lantern shows.
    • City & town life; Childhood & youth; Education; War; Coronations;
    • World War I submarine

    • Anon;
    • Black and white photograph of World War I submarine. Cutting on reverse reads 'Remember George Kimbell? He is the Glenfield man whose dramatic story of escape from a watery grave we published in this column on February 1. As you may recall, George,...
    • Submarines; World War I
    • World War I Therapeutic Basketry

    • Anon;
    • Black and white photograph of therapeutic basketry at the 5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester, during World War I.
    • War; World War I; Hospitals; Basket making;
    • Interview with Alfred Lesley Scotchbrook

    • Scotchbrook, Alfred Lesley
    • Explains that labour shortage at outbreak of First World War enabled him to be plough boy on farm at Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire. Describes work, technique of ploughing, other work on farm. Brief mention of selling rabbits, pumping bellows for...
    • Agriculture; Animals; Rural areas; Work; World War I;
    • Interview with Frederick Ernest Hoyes

    • Hoyes, Frederick Ernest
    • Recalls army service during the First World War in the North Staffordshire Regiment, also mentions brother's war service. Describes in detail life in the trenches in France and the nature of trench warfare. Describes shell injuries he sustained and...
    • World War I; Health; Work;
    • Interview with Thomas William Allen

    • Allen, Thomas William
    • Brief memories of First World War in Quorn, Leicestershire, watching zeppelins over Loughborough. Mentions first motor bus in Quorn, Wright's factory being main centre of employment, local people, fairs and wakes. Names sweets sold in shop, hours...
    • Entertainment; Food; Sport; Villages; Work; World War I; Transport;
    • Interview with Olive Wright

    • Wright, Olive
    • Recalls childhood and being brought up in a children's home in Yorkshire following the death of her mother during the First World War. Describes in detail the harsh conditions and regimes in the Central Children's and Scattered Children's homes....
    • Work; World War I; Orphanages;
    • Interview with Christopher Meadows

    • Meadows, Christopher
    • Recalls early life and attending Harrison Road School prior to going to Leicester Art and Technical College. Describes the college and classes in cabinet making. Recalls becoming an apprentice cabinet maker with the firm of Perkins, Neil and...
    • Education; World War I;
    • Interview with E. A. Dickens

    • Dickens, E. A.
    • Recalls Aylestone in the first half of the 20th century. Describes the condition of the roads, trams and visiting the shops in Leicester city centre. Mentions Sunday School treats, playing games and the Japanese tea gardens. Recalls the men of the...
    • Leisure; Shopping; Villages; World War I;
    • Interview with Miss Bentham

    • Bentham, Miss
    • Recalls childhood in Aylestone, Leicester in the early years of the 20th century. Talks about her parents, their work, courting and raising a family on one pound a week. Describes various domestic items in their house. Recalls her school days at...
    • Villages; World War I; Family; Education;
    • Interview with Horace William Cox

    • Cox, Horace William
    • Describes family background in Belgrave, Leicester. Mentions that father sang in Town Waits. Talks about Belgrave, Ellis Avenue School, house lived in, food. Describes work at British Union [shoe factory] where became engineer, mention of good...
    • Entertainment; Food; Music; Sport; Work; World War I; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with George White

    • White, George
    • Recalls his family's involvement with the 1905 Unemployed March and Trade Union activities. Talks about his father's part in the Unemployed March as a leader and how he himself tried to join the march but was turned back. Describes the start of the...
    • Unions; World War I; Family; Work; Unemployment; Demonstrations;
    • Great War veterans march in Leicester

    • Anon;
    • Black and white photograph of World War I veterans marching in Leicester. Clipping pasted to reverse with headline 'Great War Veterans March in Leicester' reads 'Old soldiers who made history 50 years ago in the Flanders mud and shell-pocked trench...
    • Veterans; Soldiers; World War I;

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