File AUD 19/2/7 - Interview of Mr Charles Grice by unnamed interviewer

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AUD 19/2/7


Interview of Mr Charles Grice by unnamed interviewer


  • Aug 2002 (Creation)

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1 audio CD (Sony CD-R)

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Subjects covered include childhood memories and Second World War. Places mentioned include Great Yarmouth, Haven Bridge, Caister Road and Southtown Road.

00:00-05:00 - Charles Grice (CG) explains Great Yarmouth's ability to access Dutch radio and it's geographical position. CG introduces the subject of the Second World War, and mentions the exclusion zone, identity cards and the Stracey Arms pub. He describes the beaches, broads and bridges being mined, with specific mention of Haven Bridge, Ormesby and Filby. CG mentions the RAF and naval presence in Great Yarmouth.

05:01-10:00 - CG continues talking about the military presence in Great Yarmouth, mentioning minesweeper forces including boats fitted with kango hammers. The interview is suspended for a moment, then CG describes the army presence, mentioning the white house at the end of Sandown road which was bombed. CG mentions seeing Basil Radford (actor) outside this building before it was bombed. CG mentions air raids then reads number of air raid warnings from his diary entry for September 1940. He describes the reaction when the raid warnings were in effect, and explains Great Yarmouth's status as heavily bombed and threatened. He describes the sirens sound and current use.

10:01-15:00 - CG describes the confusion of the sirens being used repeatedly during the warnings, and the use of the cuckoo warning and all clear. He then lists the types of bomb used, mentioning fire bombs, high explosive bombs, land mines. He mentions their defences and attributes the successful fire-bombing of both London and Yarmouth to successions of low tides. He details the defensive lines, mentioning White House farm, Caister Road. He explains the presence of modern buildings in Yarmouth as being a result of bomb damage, with specific reference to Southtown Road and Bollard Quay.

15:01-end - CG describes the evacuation of Great Yarmouth inhabitants, mentioning Lacon's Brewery and the treatment of the empty buildings by the military. He describes black outs, referring to vehicle lights. He describes his experiences in the air training corps, and mentions the cadets. He then explains that what occurred in Yarmouth during the Second World War will never been recorded as it's too late.

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Restrictions apply, contact Norfolk Record Office staff for details. The Norfolk Record Office acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this/these recordings and the rights of those not identified.

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ECopyDuration: 17 minutes 57 seconds

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Great Yarmouth Museums MD 5, tracks 1-9 (disc mode - MD (ATRAC); recording mode - LP 4; number of channels - stereo).

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Ecopy: scop_001-000560T001V002.wma. SCOP 1/560, SCOP 2/560, SCOP 4/560

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Created 09/08/2007 by Drojd. Modified 15/10/2018 by Droip.


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