File AUD 19/2/8 - Interview of Mr D. Bryanton by unnamed interviewer

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AUD 19/2/8


Interview of Mr D. Bryanton by unnamed interviewer


  • 28 Aug 2002 (Creation)

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1 audio CD (Sony CD-R)

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(1932-c 1975)

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Started at Cricklewood in 1932, moved to Carlisle Road, Hendon, in 1936 and then to Great Yarmouth in 1944. A major employer in Yarmouth. \r\nAmerican owned. Erie (UK) bought by ITT in 1975.

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Mainly relates to Second World War, including evacuees and American bombers crashing; and [1953] floods.

00:00-05:00 - D. Bryanton (DB) introduces himself, explaining his situation at the outbreak of the Second World War. He mentions the evacuees from London arriving in the Yarmouth area, the German occupation of Holland, and his short evacuation to Scrooby in Nottinghamshire. DB describes the location of his home in Tower Street, Great Yarmouth and his train being attacked on return. He recalls fire bombs from April 1941 which destroyed retail units, and explains their journey to the communal shelter in the rows. He tells an anecdote about leaving the shelter when the rows caught fire, moving to a shelter in Nelson School.

05:01-10:00 - CG continues telling an anecdote about the Nelson School shelter, where he was nearly injured by a curtain. He talks about attending Greenacre school and gardening on the sea front under German machine gun fire. He mentions a bofors gun on the seafront near the Wellington Pier Gardens being hit by a bomb and taking part of the debris.

10:01-15:00 - CG describes the danger of the 'tip and run' raids, which released bombs before the air raid siren was sounded. He recalls listening to the radio at school in order to sound the alarm if a raid was occurring. He describes trying to get work after leaving school at 14, eventually working for Lucas and Wyllys solicitors and the American plane formations over Yarmouth and Lowestoft. He recalls a time in 1943 when the American planes returned in the dark with their navigation lights on, were pursued and then attacked by German fighters. He explains that he left the solicitors for the building trade (Ames).

15:01-20:00 - CG continues talking about his work as store keeper, explaining that he left for national service, after which he worked at Grout's factory and Erie Resistor. He explains the work at Erie Resistor and then describes returning to Lucas and Wyllys, becoming a solicitor and partner. He mentions the death of his wife and his retirement. The interviewer asks about the floods and CG begins to describe his experiences of the Great Yarmouth floods.

20:01-25:00 - CG continues to describe his and his wife's experiences during the Great Yarmouth floods, mentioning the Arcade, the Regal Cinema and the flooding of his parents' house in Tower Street.

25:01-30:00 - CG continues to describe his family's experiences of the Great Yarmouth floods, telling an anecdote about his mother forcing him to share a bed with his father because of not yet being married. He describes the effects of the flood at Cobholm and how swiftly the flooding occurred, mentioning some deaths. He describes the after effects and the process of cleaning up and the RAF's assistance.

30:01-end - CG continues describing the after effects of the Great Yarmouth floods. He tells an anecdote about an elderly lady who wanted carrying to safety to the nearest pub. The interviewer asks about the mines dropped in Middlegate, CG describes the parachute bombs, mentioning how they worked and that the area destroyed was used as military training ground later in the war.

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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: 32 minutes 33 seconds

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Great Yarmouth Museums MD 5, tracks 10-20 (disc mode - MD (ATRAC); recording mode - LP 4; number of channels - stereo).

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Ecopy: scop_001-000561T001V002.wma. SCOP 1/561, SCOP 2/561, SCOP 4/561

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Created 09/08/2007 by Drojd. Modified 10/12/2018 by Droip.


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