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Interview of Fred Gardner by Jean Eaglen

00:00 minutes:seconds - subjects discussed include 1st Militia; ammunition; annual treats; army; army training; Attleborough; barns; baths; beaches; bicycles; brass polishing; bread and dripping; black bread; British Expeditionary Force (BEF); British servicemen; cars; railway cattle trucks; children; clothes; drying of clothes; coalmen; cricket; crimes; cycling; Danzig; deliveries; early closing days; education; elementary schools; employers; employment; enlisting; errand boys; fathers; fens; fires; food; footwear; France; gardening; Mr Gardner, father of interviewee; Mrs Gardner, mother of interviewee; German soldiers; guns; half day closing of shops; harvesting; headteachers; health; Holland; horses; hours of work; illnesses; International Stores; invasions; Kenninghall; Kenninghall Elementary School; Kenninghall Fen; leaving school; marches; millers; money; mothers; nineteen-forties; nineteen-thirties; Norwich; outside toilets; parents; pennies; Poland; policemen; prisoners of war; Pullen & Mace, signwriters of St Giles, Norwich; railway cattle trucks; Fred Rayner; rickets; sandwiches; schools; shoes; shop girls; shops; siblings; signwriters; singing; soldiers; songs; sportsmen; St Giles, Norwich; St Valery, France; stealing food; teachers; thefts; tin baths; toilets; training; transport; wages; walking; wars; wash houses; weather; Mr J Williams, headteacher; window cleaning; winter; starting work; World War II.

12:11 m:s - alcohol; bait; beating children; bicycles; boys; homemade bread; buildings; bullock heads as food; childhood; children; cooking; cooks; courts; crimes; deaths; deprivation; domestic service; dumplings; East Harling; East Harling Juvenile Court; eels; electricity; farms; fathers; fens; fishing; food; keeping food cool in hot weather; Mr Gardner, father of interviewee; Mrs Gardner, mother of interviewee; damage to gates; hospitals; housekeeping money; illegitimacy; illness; Ellen Jones; juvenile courts; larders; marriage; meals; meat; meres; milk; lack of money; mothers; deaths of mothers; oil lamps; parents; pasteurised milk; policemen; practical jokes; pregnancies; public houses; punishments; Quidenham Mere; rabbits; radios; sense of humour; Delia Smith; summer; wages; loss of wages; washing boards; wells; West Norwich Hospital, Norwich; Wicklewood Workhouse; wirelesses; women; workhouses.

22:04 m:s - 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' [hymn]; Mr Banham, father-in-law of interviewee; boots; borstals; cancer; cats' whiskers [in radios]; workhouse cells; children; clothes; George Collins; courts; crimes; Cromwell House, Kenninghall; deaths; duties; employment; fathers-in-law; footwear; graveyards; hand-me-downs [clothes]; happiness; high-leg boots [girls' boots]; homelessness; house-breaking; houses; hymns; illnesses; juvenile courts; the Kaiser; Kenninghall; lifestyles; men; parish clerks; parish relief; poor relief; prisons; punishments; radios; relations; rocking horses; school toilets; schools; shoe repairs; lack of social security; standard of living; emptying of toilets; touching forelocks as a mark of respect; toys; tramps; tyres used as repair material; village schools; wars; Wicklewood Workhouse; wirelesses; women; work; workhouses; children in workhouses; World War I.

30:15 m:s - authors; babies; baskets; Brecklands; broats [sticks]; Chris Bush, county cricketer; children; Mrs Clarke, grandmother of interviewee; Rainbird Clarke, grandfather of interviewee; cottages; county cricketers; cricket matches; cricketers; curators; deaths; Eagle Public House; frail baskets ; games; gardeners; Ethel Garnder [nee Banham], wife of interviewee; grandparents; Michael Holme; hymns; Kenninghall; landlords; lifestyle; Lopham; musical instruments; nineteen-forties; nineteen-thirties; Norwich Museum; odd-jobbing; payments in kind; pensioners; pig farming; playing music; poachers; public houses; rabbits; Mike Salmon, grandfather of interviewee and smallholder; Salvation Army; Salvationists; Shropham; Shropham Hall; Shropham Park; singing; smallholders; smallholdings; sports; Sprowston; Stamford; transport; violinists; violins; walking; wars; 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' [hymn]; World War II; writers.

40:51 m:s - Ben Adams; Army accommodation; Attleborough; babies; damage to bicycles; birds; births; blindness; the blitz; bomb damage; bomb shelters; bombings; British servicemen; damage to buildings; children; concentration camps; cottages; courting; Bill Davey; deaths; deaths by shooting; donkey stoves; 'Eastern Daily Press'; elderly people; electricity supply; employment; enlisting; evictions; factories; farm labour; farmers; farms; fathers; fire sirens; names of flowers; friendships; Ethel Gardner [nee Banham], wife of interviewee; Mr Gardner, father of interviewee; Mrs Gardner, mother of interviewee; Great Ellingham; Great Melton; grieving; harmonicas; health; heating; heaven; houses; housing; illness; Kiev; languages; leisure activities; lifestyle; marriages; married life; midwives; mothers; munitions factories; murders; music; musical instruments; neighbours; newspapers; nineteen-forties; Norwich Shirehall; nurses; oil lamps; Palestine; parents; plant names; poems; poetry; postnatal depression; reading; Eleanor Roosevelt; Royal Norfolk Regiment; Russians; sirens; sisters; smallholdings; sons; students; Suffolk Regiment; Sundays; tied houses; Ukraine; values; walks; wars; washing; weather; wildlife; winter; wives; work; World War II; Wymondham.

Jean Eaglen; fl 2003-2004; Norfolk

Military career and military heritage records

Includes papers and other records created and collected by Tom Eaton mainly relating to the 4th Battalion of The Royal Norfolk Regiment. Also includes papers relating to his involvement with the Royal Norfolk Regimental Association and as a Trustee of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. The sound recordings mainly relate to experiences of the Second World War.

Photograph album for use of sales representatives

Includes pavilions and commercial greenhouses, mostly unidentified. Identified photographs include Mitchells and Butlers pavilion, Birmingham; the R101 over London; St Monica's chapel, Kingswood, Surrey; school annex, Lillesden School, Hawkhurst, Kent; The Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club pavilion; bungalows at Chindi, West Africa and the Falkland Islands; wireless station, Barbados; staff quarters for Loanda Railway; bungalow, United Patani (Malaya); chalets, Hopton on Sea; Antarctic Expedition camp buildings; revolving shelter at Clarence House, London; Horsa Glider.

Memoirs of Robert Nunn's wartime experiences in the RAF 1941-1946

Nunn describes his training and work in England, his voyage to Bombay and the journeys he made across India and then to Burma, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. He writes about the places he saw and relates many of his experiences. These include his varied billets; victory celebrations in Calcutta after the Japanese surrender; visiting a Hindu temple in Madurai, India; the Shwe-dagon Pagoda and the Royal Lakes in Burma; attending a Gracie Fields concert in Rangoon; building a boat from a Japanese seaplane float in Singapore; free time in Singapore city and Jakarta; the situation in Indonesia and the local people whom he met there.
Includes photocopies of Robert Nunn's RAF service record and photocopies of photographs of Nunn 1942, 1946; Nunn and friends at RAF Tengah in Singapore 1945; Nunn with friends on the seaplane float boat in Singapore 1945-1946; Dutch headquarters and a street in Jakarta 1946; Maxwell Towers Girls' School, Kuala Lumpur, where Nunn was billeted; and the char wagon at RAF Kuala Lumpur 1946. With maps showing the route travelled by Nunn in the Far East and excerpts from three published memoirs of the war in India and Indonesia.

South Korean Policeman visiting King's Lynn

Description: Trevor Austin interviews Yen Hok Choi, also known as Pau, a twenty-one year old Lieutenant in the South Korean police force, about his visit to King's Lynn. Pau was one of five South Koreans visiting King's Lynn as part of a Rota Re-group Study Exchange; and Pau was interested to look at the way the local police patrolled without guns.
Recording location: Norfolk, England, UK
Performer(s)/contributer(s): Austin, Trevor (speaker, male, presenter); Hok Choi, Yen (speaker, male, interviewee, Lieutenant in the South Korean police force)
Recording note(s): Recorded with the intention of being broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Recorded interview of Clayton Bejot and Johnnie Falls by Elaine Clearfield

Recording made at Kennedy Airport, New York, before Bejot's and Falls' flights to a 2nd Air Division reunion in England. [00:00-05:00] Interview with Clayton Bejot [hereafter CB]. CB comments on his place of origin, Ainsworth, Nebraska, post-war work as a farmer and his family. Comments on his wartime service as a pilot: carrying cameras on aeroplanes to record bomb damage; different aeroplane positions in formation having different roles; role of his aeroplane monitoring air-sea rescue frequencies. Mentions assignment to 457th Bomb Group and six month stay in England, 1944. Remarks on memorable experiences: long missions to Munich, Berlin and Leipzig, Germany; navigator killed with another crew on mission to Kiel, Germany, and other aeroplanes making emergency landings in Sweden or Switzerland. [05:00-10:00] Emergency landings continued. Remarks on original crew and discussion about his pre-war work as a farmer and family background. Discussion about CB's reasons for attending reunion and comments on his previous trips to England. [10:00-15:00] Comments continued. CB's tribute to skill of ground crews and comments on negative attitude of some Canadian and British servicemen towards Americans. CB describes impact of service in the Air Force on his life and remarks on looking forward to reunion and visiting museum in Duxford. [15:00-20:00] Remarks continued. [Interlude]. Interview with Johnnie Falls [hereafter JF]. Comments on his place of origin, San Antonio, Texas, service in 486th Bomb Group (Sudbury) and current state of the former airbase site at Sudbury. Describes his duties as a bombardier, including navigation. Remarks on completing his thirty-five combat missions in eight months. Discussion about his most memorable experience: aeroplane shot down on his third mission, bailing out into German territory between Cologne and Aachen, during siege of Aachen, and found by American First Army troops. Describes his pre-war education and post-war work as engineer, before further service in Air Force as a bombardier. [20:00-25:00] Remarks on his military career, including research and development role in a space programme. Discussion about the forthcoming reunion and his wife's first visit to England. Remarks on the impact of military service on his life and role in Korean and Vietnam wars. Describes his duties as a battle staff director in Vietnam. [25:00-30:00] Discussion about his wife and family. Recorded on side A only.


Relates to Couture Show at Grady's Country House Hotel, Swaffham [to raise funds for Pestalozzi Children's Village Trust, which educates children from various places including Vietnam].

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